Over the past year, Heavy Reading has examined and interviewed dozens of European operators that provide Ethernet connectivity services and Ethernet-based applications. Heavy Reading has closely tracked developments in this area, paying particular attention to the transformation taking place in the business data services market.
According to Stan Hubbard, Heavy Reading Senior Analyst and Ethernet Expo: Europe 2007 Conference Chair, "European operators generally have been at the forefront of the deployment of carrier Ethernet, MPLS, and VPLS technology in support of high-performance Ethernet enterprise connectivity services, Ethernet-based business applications such as VOIP and storage extension, and Ethernet-based consumer services such as IPTV."
The 2007 Ethernet Service Provider of the Year Awards for Europe are being given in the following categories:
- Market Leadership: Finalists are BT, COLT, and Orange Business Services
- Product Portfolio: Finalists are BT, COLT, and ntl:Telewest Business
- Innovation: Finalists are Belgacom, Interoute, and THUS