MEF’s Global Ethernet Networking 2014 (GEN14) Event Builds Momentum With 11 New Sponsors


Verizon, AT&T, Tata Communications, and Colt Technology Services Among The Latest To Join

Last Updated: April 24, 2014 2:42 pm GMT
(Los Angeles, California--April 24, 2014) The MEF is pleased to announce growing sponsor support for the industry-wide Global Ethernet Networking 2014 (GEN14) conference being held on November 17-20, 2014 at the Gaylord National in Washington, D.C. Several dozen leading global, national, and regional service providers, network technology and management solution providers, training companies, testing firms, and other organizations have lined up to sponsor GEN14.

Eleven new GEN14 sponsors have joined since mid March. New service provider sponsors include: Verizon, AT&T, Tata Communications, and Colt Technology Services. New network solutions vendor and other sponsors include Cisco, Ericsson, Ciena, Oracle, Neustar, Perpetual Solutions, and Pulsecom.

“GEN14 is well on the way toward assembling the world’s largest gathering of the buyers and sellers of Carrier Ethernet (CE) services and the networking infrastructure used to support these services,” said Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer of the MEF. “We are particularly pleased to enjoy the participation of leading providers of retail and wholesale Ethernet services in multiple geographic regions. These companies will play critical roles in shaping the future of the CE services and CE-enabled cloud services markets and in driving network requirements associated with the convergence of CE, SDN, virtualization, and packet optical technologies.”

“We have a great new networking event in North America—GEN14—which is going to be the place to be for professionals involved in all aspects of the Carrier Ethernet industry,” stated Michael Howard, Principal Analyst and Co-Founder of Infonetics Research. “The MEF is assembling an impressive line-up of service provider and network market leaders, many of whom have been and are at the forefront of industry innovation. I choose to participate in shows where I can learn about the latest ideas, trends, and technologies from the people and companies involved in creating them, and that’s why we at Infonetics Research are planning to participate in the November event.”

The current list of GEN14 sponsors include:

Platinum Sponsors: Cisco, Comcast Business, Cox Business, Ericsson, Juniper Networks, Lumos Networks, PCCW Global, and Verizon.

Gold Sponsors: CENX, Ciena, InfoVista, MRV Communications, Oracle, Overture Networks , RAD, Tata Communications, Telco Systems, Telecom Italia, and Telecom Italia Sparkle.

Silver Sponsors: Allstream, Colt Technology Services, Global Capacity, Iometrix, Neustar , Perpetual Solutions, Spirent Communications, Tech 2000,, Veryx Technologies, and Zoho Corp. WebNMS.

Bronze Sponsors: EANTC, INOC, Omnitron Systems, Pulsecom, and Raisecom Technology.

The GEN14 Mobile App and the Welcome Reception is sponsored by AT&T.

About MEF GEN14
With a target audience of nearly 1,500 attendees, GEN14 is the must-attend networking event of the year for professionals involved in the CE services & technology industry that consists of retail, wholesale, and mobile service providers; data center providers; cloud service providers; mid to large businesses; government organizations; utilities, network solutions vendors; the press; analysts; investors; and others.

GEN14 will bring together a global array of industry executives and other CE, SDN, Network Functions Virtualization, and Cloud experts from across the CE ecosystem to contribute to the event’s program and networking opportunities. Every aspect of GEN14 is being developed with the paramount goal of empowering industry professionals with the highest-quality information, analysis, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities possible to help them successfully navigate through today’s pressing cost, revenue, and business process challenges.

GEN14 will encompass industry-leading keynote speakers, educational roundtables and panels, a services and technology demonstration center (including proof-of-concept and other CE, SDN, NFV, and cloud services demos), an exhibit floor, and a vibrant global media hub with domestic and international press.

For event registration and other information, see

About the MEF
A communications industry alliance consisting of more than 220 member organizations, the MEF is the defining body for Carrier Ethernet and the driving force behind the global market for Carrier Ethernet services & technologies. The MEF operates through a powerful collaborative framework where service providers, network solutions suppliers, and other member companies contribute to the development of technical and operational specification, certification, and marketing programs. The MEF has enabled Carrier Ethernet adoption and tremendous communications-related cost savings and productivity gains for service providers and end-users worldwide over the past decade. Building on this success, the MEF is now focused on enabling a new generation of dynamic, performance-assured services delivered over more efficient, automated, and interconnected global networks.

For more information about the MEF – including details about services, network equipment, and professional certification – please visit


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