THIRD NETWORK VISION

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.

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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

TECHNOLOGY 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 2017 Edition of the Seminar Series focuses on Dynamic Third Network Services for the Digital Economy and Hyper-connected World…

MEF17

MEF is please to host the MEF17 global networking event, 13-16 November 2017, at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando, Florida USA...

Capacity Middle East 2017

Capacity Middle East 2017

Now in its 12th year, Capacity Middle East is the largest meeting uniting all Tier 1 carriers in the Middle East with international Tier 1 carriers & service providers. MEF’s COO Kevin Vachon will participate in a Discussion Panel titled “Adapting to Innovation: Expanding Networks to Offer Next Generation Services” on Tuesday March 7 at 12pm.

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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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Orlando, Florida USA, 13-16 November 2017

Orlando, Florida USA, 13-16 November 2017

MEF announces that it will be hosting the MEF17 (www.MEF17.com) global networking event, 13-16 November 2017, at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando, Florida USA. With a target audience of 1,000+ attendees from 275+ companies and 35+ countries, MEF17 is the world’s premier networking opportunity for executives and other senior service and technology professionals who want to keep on top of the latest innovations that are reshaping the communications landscape.

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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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