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Press Release -- November 30th, 2011
Source: AT&T
Tags: Equipment, Ethernet

MEF Validates AT&T Leadership as Carrier Ethernet Service Provider of the Year in North America

AT&T Wins MEF Carrier Ethernet Service Provider Awards for the Second Consecutive Year

Dallas, Texas, November 30, 2011

Key Facts:

  • MEF awards AT&T “Service Provider of the Year” for carrier Ethernet services and Best Business Ethernet Service for second consecutive year; AT&T also won Best Marketing for Ethernet Services.
  • AT&T had the top aggregate score across three categories: Best Ethernet Service, Best Marketing, and Best Wholesale Ethernet as well as top score for service coverage.
  • Second consecutive year AT&T has been designated Service Provider of the Year and Best Business Ethernet Service.

Companies wanting the best and most reliable Carrier Ethernet networks have long trusted AT&T, and the Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) panel of industry analysts has validated their choice. The MEF recently awarded AT&T with the coveted “Service Provider of the Year” in North America for Carrier Ethernet, a distinction the company has earned for the second consecutive year.

The MEF awards the Service Provider of the Year to the provider with the best cumulative ranking across three criteria, with an additional score for service coverage. AT&T also won the “Best Business Ethernet Service” and “Best Marketing” of its Ethernet service portfolio, and was the runner-up in the “Best Wholesale Ethernet” categories, yielding it the highest aggregate score.

“We’re pleased that the MEF analyst panel continues to recognize AT&T’s leadership in the carrier Ethernet space,” said S. Dale McHenry, vice president, Enterprise Networking. “Awards like these validate our customers’ trust in our services and underscore our commitment to deliver the reliable, scalable carrier Ethernet services that they have come to expect from AT&T.”

“Carrier Ethernet is a key technology to help companies quickly and easily adapt their networks to the changing demands of today’s business landscape,” said Nan Chen, President of the Metro Ethernet Forum. “Our independent judging panel selected AT&T as Service Provider for the Year based on its innovation and leadership in the carrier Ethernet space, as well as for its comprehensive portfolio of Ethernet services and excellent coverage area.”

The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 185 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductor vendors and testing organizations. Its mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services.

AT&T provides a full suite of highly reliable and easily scalable Ethernet services for local, metro, or wide-area networking requirements with speeds ranging from 2Mbps to 10Gbps. AT&T leads the industry with integrated solutions and a comprehensive portfolio of networking solutions ranging from a customized approach to customer-managed services.

About The MEF

The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 170 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations. The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide. For more information about the Forum, including a complete listing of all current MEF members, please visit the MEF web site at http://www.MetroEthernetForum.org/.

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About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T, news, filings) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

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