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Intelsat achieves MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet Certification

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Intelsat has become the first satellite operator to achieve MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet (CE) Certification for services delivered through its space and terrestrial network.

“Intelsat’s achievement of MEF 3.0 certification ensures that customers can rely on Intelsat to provide Ethernet services that meet the demands of enterprise, government and wholesale use cases with key performance indicators that define the industry standard for high-quality,” said Lance Hassan, director of terrestrial network innovation at Intelsat.

“This achievement also demonstrates Intelsat’s leadership as a satellite communications company and global provider of network solutions."

This milestone means that customers can integrate Intelsat’s network solutions into their network with the added assurance of MEF-certified performance and security. The news also supports Intelsat’s Unified Network vision that aims to enable seamless, end-to-end orchestrated services, driven the integration of 5G and other open standards.

“Intelsat, in achieving our industry’s first MEF 3.0 certification for GEO satellite-based Carrier Ethernet services, is adding a dimension to MEF’s important work that will benefit users no matter where they stand on the globe,” said Bob Mandeville, president and founder of Iometrix, MEF’s testing partner for carrier ethernet certifications.

Telcos leverage MEF service definitions to accelerate their product development and service implementations, with definitive measures that ensure consistent quality of service.

Intelsat worked with MEF member companies to amend MEF 23 with a new Performance Tier (PT5) that defines new Class of Service performance objectives for satellite-based networks.

“Companies in the satellite community are crucially important in enabling accessibility of carrier ethernet services anywhere on the planet,” said Kevin Vachon, chief operating officer, MEF.

“Achieving MEF 3.0 certification facilitates interoperability with terrestrial networks and lays the groundwork to ultimately achieve service automation with MEF’s Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) framework and APIs. We congratulate Intelsat on their certification achievements.”