THIRD NETWORK SERVICES

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 performance and security of CE 2.0. Third Network services provide an on-demand, assured, and orchestrated experience with user-directed control over service capabilities and cloud connectivity. These new services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE 2.0. 

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OPEN INITIATIVES

The standards environment has transformed to one where Open Source software development forms an integral part of the lifecycle of a standard. It is now essential to bridge between the work of standards development organizations and the newer Open Source projects to ensure alignment of the solutions developed in Open Source, and the underlying standards requirements. MEF's OpenLSO and OpenCS initiatives are the frameworks that enable convergence on standard requirements to create robust and interoperable Open Source solutions.

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LSO-SDN-NFV

The MEF is the driving force enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services with user-directed control over service capabilities and cloud connectivity. Third Network services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks globally powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE 2.0.

The MEF's mission is to accelerate the worldwide...

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TECHNICAL SPECS

The MEF Technical & Operations Committee has published 55 technical specifications and implementation agreements to effect standardization, interoperability and accelerate...

WORK IN PROGRESS

The MEF has more than 30 ongoing projects & new initiatives to enable new services that provide an on-demand, orchestrated, assured, secured, and cloud-connected experience...

WHATS HOT!

We spotlight new, hot items of interest related to Third Network Services, Lifecycle Services Orchestration (LSO), and work taking place on Open Initiatives.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

The MEF's Professional Certification program identifies the industry's leading professionals and showcases expertise and excellence in technological knowledge and ...

SERVICES CERTIFICATION

The MEF Services Certification Program enables service providers to certify that their Carrier Ethernet services comply with the highest industry standards

EQUIPMENT CERTIFICATION

The MEF Equipment Certification Program enables network equipment manufacturers to certify that their Carrier Ethernet products comply with the relevant MEF specifications...

WEBINARS

MEF hosts webinars on a variety of topics related to its Third Network vision, LSO, SDN and NFV.

SEMINARS

Launched in 2014, the MEF Seminar program for 2016 focuses on Building Dynamic Third Network Services Powered By CE 2.0, LSO, SDN & NFV ...

MEF16

The MEF was pleased to host the MEF16 global networking event during 7-10 November 2016 at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel...

Considerations for NFV Deployment

Considerations for NFV Deployment

This webinar discusses options for introducing and implementing NFV to add new virtual network functions and virtual network services onto foundational Carrier Ethernet (CE) connectivity services. The webinar discusses use cases for different delivery models for virtual network services at the customer premises or remotely within the service provider’s network. The webinar also covers virtualization approaches for service demarcation equipment, such as Network Interface Devices (NIDs) and vCPE, at the customer premises for different network functions and services. Finally, the webinar will explore different business and operational considerations when deploying NFV. Click "Read More" below for details.

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An Industry Initiative for Third Generation Network and Services

An Industry Initiative for Third Generation Network and Services

This paper describes an industry vision for the evolution and transformation of network connectivity services and the networks used to deliver them. The MEF refers to this vision as the “Third Network” where the Third Network combines the on-demand agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of today’s business grade networks (i.e.: Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and MPLS).

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Understanding CE 2.0 Service Assurance

Understanding CE 2.0 Service Assurance

Service assurance encompasses the procedures used to monitor a network service and maintain a particular service quality. Learn how MEF has tackled this topic to enable Service Providers to deliver high-value Carrier Ethernet (CE) services that are fully assured and can deliver the service quality required in today’s competitive business service and carrier-to-carrier markets. This webinar begins with the key business drivers, CE 2.0's performance attributes and best practices for measuring CE 2.0 service performance. With multiple transport technologies, legacy tools, proprietary instrumentation, interoperability challenges as well as other related service assurance standards, these factors conspire making it difficult to understand and leverage best practices. CE 2.0 product owners, network engineering and OSS engineering will benefit from this webinar by better understanding the potential return on investment to be gained from adopting these best practice. Attendees will also learn how to simplify management, accelerate delivery and turn-up of existing services, and new service launches.

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RECENT WORK

Specifications published by MEF are intended for general distribution to the public and may be downloaded from this site and reproduced without charge.

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OVC Services Definitions

OVC Services Definitions

This document specifies Operator Virtual Connection (OVC) Services based mainly on the service attributes defined in MEF 26.1; there are also some service attributes defined in this document that go beyond MEF 26.1.

Ethernet Interconnection Point (EIP): An ENNI Implementation Agreement

Ethernet Interconnection Point (EIP): An ENNI Implementation Agreement

This document is intended to act as an Implementation Agreement for any Operator interested in connecting their Carrier Ethernet network to another Operator using an Ethernet ENNI.

Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO): Reference Architecture and Framework

Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO): Reference Architecture and Framework

LSO is an agile approach to streamlining and automating the service lifecycle in a sustainable fashion for coordinated management and control across all network domains responsible for delivering an end-to-end Connectivity Service (e.g., Carrier Ethernet, IP VPN, MPLS, etc.). This document describes a Reference Architecture and Framework for orchestrating the service lifecycle.

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