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14 November 2017
| James Pearce
MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) has unveiled a new global services framework aimed at defining, delivering and certifying orchestrated services across automated networks.
The MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework aims
to help telcos to deliver the dynamic performance and security
required as demand for increased bandwidth and more agile
MEF 3.0, the follow-up to Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 20) sees
the global standards body move beyond carrier Ethernet to look
at automated and virtualised services by providing a suite of
LSO (lifecycle service orchestration) APIs that offer an
on-demand, cloud-centric service, MEF said.
MEF unveiled the framework, which includes much shorter
testing time for certification of new services, at the MEF17
event in Orlando, Florida. Speaking at the launch, MEF chairman
Nan Chen said: "MEF 3.0 is the… next step in our journey
to transform the industry with services and networks that are
easy to manage and monetise, and that deliver lasting value to
"We are unleashing the full potential of industry innovation
by enabling dynamic services to be orchestrated across multiple
provider networks powered by LSO, SDN and NFV."
Nearly 150 companies currently sell CE 2.0 certified
products, forming a significant proportion of the estimated $80
billion carrier Ethernet market.
MEF 3.0 is comprised of four main "pillars" that form the
new concept: Standardise, orchestrated services; open LSO APIs;
service and technology certifications; and expanded community
It has been backed by a number of the world’s
biggest telcos, including the likes of Verizon, Comcast, Zayo,
Colt, Tata Communications, and Sparkle.
Alessandro Talotta, chairman and CEO of Sparkle, said: "MEF
3.0 is the next step to fully empower our customers with
dynamic control, efficiency, and assured quality of service
over end-to-end sophisticated connectivity and cloud solutions
in a multi-provider global network ecosystem."