The Metro Ethernet Forum – the nonprofit international industry consortium advocating the adoption of Carrier Ethernet networks and services – has announced that the 2018 MEF Awards are open for entry.

For the 13th consecutive year, the 44 MEF awards will honour service, application, technology, professional excellence and innovation in five major categories.

The annual awards program recognizes service, application, technology, and professional excellence and innovation,  focused on emerging dynamic network services powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, NFV, SD-WAN, and Carrier Ethernet technologies. Award winners will be recognized at the MEF18 global networking event, held 29 October – 2 November 2018 in Los Angeles.

“We are seeing amazing, widespread efforts to accelerate the industry transition to agile, assured, and orchestrated services delivered across a global ecosystem of automated networks,” said MEF COO Kevin Vachon. “MEF is eager to celebrate the leading innovators who are helping define and progress the transformational approach to networking envisioned in the MEF 3.0 framework.”

All entries must be submitted by 7 September. Winners will be voted by top industry analysts and other qualified independent judges.  To view the full listing of award options and to submit an entry, please visit the awards’ website