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  • 15 November 2016 12:00

Vertel wins major global award for network implementation

Australian telco carrier beats international competition to win 2016 MEF Excellence Award for Enterprise Application of the Year – Education

Sydney, Australia – 15 November 2016 – Australian Telecommunications carrier Vertel has won a prestigious award at the MEF 2016 Excellence Awards in Baltimore, North America.
Vertel won the global award for Enterprise Application of the Year in the Education category for delivering carrier grade Wide Area Network (WAN), connecting 89 schools across 5 major regions covering Broken Bay, Lismore, Maitland-Newcastle, Canberra and Goulburn, and Wollongong. The WAN network provided critical connectivity to the schools in regional and remote locations using Vertel’s innovative hybrid fibre and wireless service architecture delivered over our independent and redundant MPLS core.
The MEF Excellence Awards recognise service, application, technology, professional excellence and innovation in the global Third Network community. This prestigious global awards program focuses on advanced Carrier Ethernet (CE) services and emerging Third Network services powered by CE 2.0, LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), NFV, and SDN networking technologies.
“MEF congratulates the 2016 Award Winners for the outstanding work they are doing to advance service and technology innovation,” said Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF. “Judging was highly competitive this year, with 36 companies – including 19 service providers and 17 technology vendors – competing as finalists for this year's awards.”
The judging panel for the MEF 2016 Excellence Awards was comprised of global and regional senior analysts from ATLANTIC-ACM, Current Analysis, Frost & Sullivan, IHS Markit, Metanoia, Ovum, SDxCentral, and Vertical Systems, in addition to independent judges.
Vertel implemented a highly innovative carrier grade WAN service for an education customer spread across a large geographical area connecting regional and remote school sites. A high capacity, carrier grade microwave access service was commissioned at each education site. This access service was then integrated back into the redundant MPLS core to provide an end to end CE 2.0 certified Layer 2 network service for the customer. Vertel overcame the traditional issues of high cost and long delivery times for fibre based services to these locations and delighted the customer in their responsiveness, professionalism and commercial flexibility.
Features of the network:

  • Cost Savings: In regional and remote Australia, fibre is incredibly expensive to build. Vertel’s ability to use carrier grade Microwave meant that the Education Network and each school made significant cost savings without sacrificing the quality or capacity of the service delivered to each school site.
  • Productivity Gains: High availability services with strict SLAs meant that each school was able to increase productivity by increasing its ability to connect with the Education Network and increasing the speed with which it could upload and download data.
  • Agility: Vertel was able to offer rapid deployment of services that exceed all of the Education Network’s technical and performance requirements. The entire network was designed and deployed in a matter of months.
  • Performance: A MEF 2.0 certified service by its very nature out performs lower grade ‘best effort’ services. For many schools previously operating on a copper service the performance differences were significant.
  • Quality of Service (QoS): Vertel was unique in its ability to provide CE2.0 certified Ethernet services in regional and remote school locations.
The 2016 Awards were presented at the MEF Excellence Awards Dinner as part of the MEF16 global networking conference which took place in the week of 7-10 November 2016 at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
“It is very exciting to be recognised with this prestigious award for Enterprise Application of the Year,” said Vertel Managing Director Theo Belekas, who was in attendance at the gala ceremony to accept the award. “We have been on the global radar either as finalists or winners since 2012, and it’s very encouraging for the Vertel team to get this year’s award too. It shows that our hard work is getting recognised globally.”
“Our mission is to be the provider of choice for critical communication networks to Government, Enterprise and Service Provider organisations. We have a complete focus on the design delivery and operation of highly available, application assured and secured network services. This is a great win for our business and our people.”

About Vertel
We are a licensed telecommunications carrier specialising in delivering carrier grade and alternate critical telecommunications infrastructure in fringe metro, regional and remote Australia. As an independent Australian company, we have over 40 years’ experience delivering network services to Government, Enterprise and Service Provider customers.
Our vision is to enable smarter, healthier and safer Australian communities through the provision of next generation critical communications infrastructure and the associated network services. Unlike most carriers and service providers, we are focusing on areas that lack critical communications infrastructure. The lack of investment in infrastructure in fringe metro, regional and remote areas of Australia has resulted in real challenges for these once important areas of our country.
We are focused on how businesses and government departments can use communication and broadband services to drastically change the provision of education, health, community services and public safety. It’s not the most conventional vision. But it’s one that we're excited about.
About MEF
MEF is the driving force enabling Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. The Third Network concept combines the agility and ubiquity of the internet with the assurance and security of CE 2.0. Third Network services provide an on-demand, orchestrated, and assured experience with user-directed control over network resources and cloud connectivity. Third Network services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE 2.0.
MEF leverages its global 210+ network operator and technology vendor community, builds upon the robust $80 billion Carrier Ethernet market, and provides a practical evolution to the Third Network with LSO, SDN, and NFV implementations that build upon a CE 2.0 foundation. See for more information.
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