Verizon Exec: New MEF E-Line Standard Will Help Buying and Selling of Network Access

Wholesale Ethernet access services got a boost when industry association MEF developed standards to simplify the process of ordering and provisioning services that span multiple carrier networks. MEF now aims to take that further for what it calls “managed access E-Line” service that can eliminate...Learn More

AT&T Airship Fueling Cloud, AI Initiatives, Including 5G Core

Newly launched, the AT&T Airship open infrastructure project aims to simplify site operation for cloud operators. The company is working with Intel Corporation, the OpenStack Foundation and Korean telecom provider SKT on the initiative. “Simply put, Airship lets you build a cloud easier than ever...Learn More

MEF 3.0: On-Demand Certification Beyond Ethernet, Emphasis on APIs, Community

The latest bundling of initiatives from the organization originally known as the Metro Ethernet Forum goes beyond the organization’s original focus to also encompass wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, security-as-a-service and possibly other areas. The new bundling is dubbed MEF 3.0. MEF 3.0, which MEF refers to...Learn More

AT&T ECOMP Helps Lay Foundation for MEF-Linux Foundation Agreement Targeting Service Orchestration

AT&T’s open source ECOMP initiative, which aims to bring a higher level of standardization to the automation of communications service creation and turn-up, is having a broad industry impact, as news today of a MEF-Linux Foundation agreement illustrates. The Linux Foundation and the Metro Ethernet...Learn More

Windstream SDNow Demo Will Use SDN for Wavelengths on Demand

A quartet of companies will demonstrate what they are calling “intent-based” SDN operations, including on-demand automation of wavelength services in a multi-platform and multi-domain environment at the MEF17 Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase, which will be held Nov. 13 to 16 in Orlando. The goal...Learn More

MEF/ ATIS Carrier Ethernet Standard Targets Inter-carrier Ordering

MEF and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions released a standard aimed at making it easier to order Carrier Ethernet services. The new MEF/ ATIS Carrier Ethernet standard, “Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification: Business Requirements and Use Cases,” is an effort to put universal ordering mechanisms...Learn More

MEF SD-WAN Open APIs Initiative Aims to Bridge Carrier OSS/ BSS with SD-WAN Equipment

Service provider software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) offerings could get a boost from two new MEF SD-WAN initiatives, MEF representatives told Telecompetitor this week. Those initiatives, announced today, include a white paper defining service provider SD-WAN terminology, as well as a new standards effort aimed...Learn More

MEF 16: CenturyLink NFV Demo Highlights Hybrid Open Source Approach

As carriers get serious about implementing network functions virtualization (NFV), they are also looking at streamlining service activation with the goal of enabling activation to occur on demand with little or no manual intervention on the part of the service provider. A CenturyLink NFV service...Learn More

MEF Pursues Cloud Connectivity Standards

Carrier Ethernet association MEF wants to make it easier for enterprises to connect to cloud services over a secure private connection from their service provider by creating open cloud connectivity standards, said MEF CTO Pascal Menezes in a briefing with Telecompetitor this week. Also on...Learn More

Frontier Achieves MEF 2.0 Certification for Carrier Ethernet

December 18, 2014 — STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) today announced the successful completion of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) 2.0 certification for its Carrier Grade Ethernet portfolio “Frontier Ethernet Solutions.” Frontier’s professional staff includes 18 MEF-CECP (Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals), 15 of whom...Learn More

MEF Third Network Targets Network-as-a-Service

The Metro Ethernet Forum’s Third Network  initiative, announced today, aims to combine the ubiquity of the Internet with the service assurance of Carrier Ethernet 2.0.  The goal is to enable network-as-a-service, explained Ethernet pioneer Bob Metcalfe, who is now an advisory director of the MEF,...Learn More

Cable Now Able to Offer Carrier Ethernet Over Coax

In what could be characterized as a “leveling the playing field” development, cable MSOs can now compete with telecom carriers for metro Ethernet services. PhyFlex Networks has introduced a promising carrier Ethernet product for cable MSO networks, which has been certified by the Metro Ethernet...Learn More

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