MRV Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRVC) ("MRV®"), a global provider of innovative packet and optical solutions for service providers, data center operators and enterprises, announced today that it has been named as a finalist in this year's Fierce Innovation Awards 2016: Telecom Edition, a carrier-reviewed awards program from the publisher of Fierce Wireless, Fierce Telecom and Fierce Cable. MRV's OptiPacket OP-X1, a member of the company's MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certified OptiPacket portfolio of metro service edge solutions, was selected for its innovation within the Last Mile/Edge/Access category. Designed to tackle the ever-growing need for bandwidth, MRV's OP-X1 combines the field-proven technology and expertise of MRV's optical and packet product suites into a highly flexible and intelligent platform. The OP-X1 is a compact (2RU), programmable CPE solution that extends 100GE CE2.0 capabilities to the demarcation points of the network with scalability to thousands of CE services, advanced OAM and traffic management. Engineered to support the evolution to next generation networks, the future proof OP-X1 provides seamless migration paths to SDN and NFV architectures. "Delivering service critical bandwidth, the OptiPacket OP-X1 enables service providers to streamline the delivery of 100G high-capacity, on-demand services while reducing network complexity and simplifying overall operations," said Zeev Draer, Vice President of Strategic Marketing for MRV. "We are proud to be recognized as a finalist by this elite panel of judges and look forward to many more award wins as this solution continues to demonstrate its value in the global service provider marketplace." The Fierce Innovation Awards 2016: Telecom Edition showcases the most innovative products, solutions and technologies for network-based service providers looking to deliver the next generation of services. Finalists' applications were reviewed by an exclusive panel of executives from major telecommunications companies including Verizon, TeliaSonera, Comcast, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All submissions were evaluated based on the following criteria: effectiveness, ease of use/ ROI, true innovation and end-user impact. Winners will be announced during the live awards webcast on November 17, 2016.