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Announcing MEF 3.0

MEF 3.0 is a Transformational Global Services Framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 services empower users with the dynamic performance and security required to thrive in the digital economy.

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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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ABOUT MEF

MEF is the driving force enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world.

MEF in the News

We spotlight new, hot items of interest related to MEF 3.0, Lifecycle Services Orchestration (LSO), and work taking place on Open Initiatives.

TECHNICAL SPECS

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

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

Our Seminars focus on exciting MEF-led industry initiatives to build a global ecosystem of connected networks supporting orchestration of dynamic services ...

MEF18

MEF is please to host the MEF18 global networking event, 29 October - 1 November 2018, Los Angeles, CA USA...

Winning Strategies for Preparing MEF 2017 Award Submissions

Winning Strategies for Preparing MEF 2017 Award Submissions

The MEF 2017 Awards program is open for entries until September 13, 2017. This prestigious program recognizes excellence in the Third Network and Carrier Ethernet community that creates innovative solutions optimized for the digital economy and hyper-connected world. This webinar will cover the 40 MEF award categories, important dates, how to use the awards submissions portal, and tips for writing concise, compelling submissions.

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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 SPECIFICATIONS

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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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.

Interface Profile Specification – Service Configuration and Activation

Interface Profile Specification – Service Configuration and Activation

This Interface Profile Specification specifies Legato Management Interface in support of MEF 6.2 Services and is a realization of relevant classes from MEF 7.3 Information Model. The LEGATO_SCA Interface is for use at a Service Orchestrator Function for interfacing with Business Applications as described in MEF LSO RA and process for Service Configuration & Activation.

Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification - Business Requirements and Use Cases

Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification - Business Requirements and Use Cases

This document represents the cumulative work between MEF and ATIS Ordering and Billing Forum (OBF) to identify the common ordering attributes and processes needed to support inter-carrier Product Ordering of Ethernet Services worldwide. This document supports the requirements defined in the MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Reference Architecture and Framework (MEF 55, LSO RA) requirements for Ordering over the Sonata interface (Service Provider <-> Partner interactions).

MEF Careers

MEF, as the defining body for Carrier Ethernet, is a global industry alliance comprising more than 220 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations.

We look for hard-working people who flourish on technological advancement, and want to exceed member expectations in a distributed environment.

MEF is an Equal Opportunity Employer who values employee contributions.

Example Position 1

The Example Position 1 is in charge of being the first example in this list.

Summary

The list is an important aspect of designing the page, as without content the page does not exist.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of being first on the list include:

  • Being not second on the list
  • Maintaining the list priority
  • Additional duties as required

Requirements

  • Setting goals and priorities independently
  • Reliable communication and reporting
  • Use Salesforce to track activities
  • Communicate with members on regional activity

As this is a distributed working environment, use of communication tools such as Outlook, Skype, PowerPoint, etc is assumed.

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Example Position 2

The Example Position 2 is in charge of being the second example in this list.

Summary

The list is an important aspect of designing the page, as without content the page does not exist.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of being first on the list include:

  • Being not first on the list
  • Maintaining the list priority
  • Additional duties as required

Requirements

  • Setting goals and priorities independently
  • Reliable communication and reporting
  • Use Salesforce to track activities
  • Communicate with members on regional activity

As this is a distributed working environment, use of communication tools such as Outlook, Skype, PowerPoint, etc is assumed.

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Members Recognition Awards Program

The Member Recognition Awards Program was established to formally recognize those individuals who contribute substantial time and efforts to the MEF and to the benefit of our industry. It also acknowledges the support that their companies provide in enabling such contributions. The categories include the Outstanding Contributor Award, Active Contributor Award, Editor Award and Distinguished Fellow Award. A special thank you to all our past and present recipients.

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Outstanding Contributor

Many excellent contributions were made in the MEF Certification, Marketing, and Technical & Operations Committees over the last year. This award, however, seeks to recognize those individuals whose contributions went "above and beyond" in driving the work of the MEF and mission forward. Recognized contributors have been chosen by the leaders of the committees. The recognized individuals receive a framed certificate and a gift. The following are the Outstanding Contributors for the MEF fiscal year ending June 30, 2016:

Contributor Contribution(s)
Allan Langfield (Comcast) Service Operations Committee Co-chair Leadership, Technical & Operations Committee Area Director Leadership
Anthony Peres (Nokia) Marketing Committee Editor, Co-author and Project Leader of Carrier Ethernet and NFV white paper
August-Wilhelm Jagau (Ericsson) Technical & Operations Committee Product Catalog Project Leadership
Bartosz Michalik (Amartus) LSO Hackathon blogging and facilitation
Bill Rembert (AT&T) OpenCS Data Center Leadership
Bob Mandeville (Iometrix) Certification Committee Infrastructure Projects; MEFnet facilitation
Bradley McFadden (Comcast)  Technical & Operations Committee Operations Area Program Management and Liaison Support
Bruce Eldridge (CenturyLink) Technical & Operations Committee Projects
Carmela Stuart (CableLabs) Technical & Operations Committee Projects and LSO Hackathon facilitation
Charles Eckel (Cisco) LSO Hackathon Leadership
Chris Corcimiglia (CableLabs) Technical & Operations Committee Serviceability Project
Christopher Cullan (InfoVista) Marketing Committee Editor and Co-author of "Understanding Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance" white paper
Colin Stormont (Comcast) Technical & Operations Committee Partner Qualification Questionnaire Project Leadership (MEF 53)
Dan Blemings (AT&T)  Technical & Operations Committee Ethernet Interconnect Point (EIP) Project Leadership (MEF 54)
David Ball (Cisco) Technical & Operations Committee Services and Orchestration Area Projects, Editor of IP Services Attributes
Dawn Kaplan (Ericsson) Service Operations Committee Co-chair and Ordering Project Leadership; Technical & Operations Committee Area Director Leadership; LSO Hackathon facilitation
Donald Hunter (Cisco) OpenCS Packet WAN Leadership and LSO Hackathon facilitation
Eitan Schwartz (RAD) Marketing Committee Co-author of "Carrier Ethernet and NFV" white paper
Emerson Moura (Cisco) Marketing Committee Regional Co-chair Leadership - CALA
Eric Leser (Charter Communications) Marketing Committee Editor, Co-author of Understanding MEF's Service Activation Testing (SAT) Power Play white paper
Eric Puetz (AT&T) Certification Committee Co-chair Leadership
Frank Huang (DT) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Gary Williams (Carrier Ethernet Academy) Marketing Committee Regional Co-chair - EMEA and Regional Marketing Leadership - South Africa
Giles Heron (Cisco) LSO Hackathon facilitation
Glenn Parsons (Ericsson) Technical & Operations Committee Editor of MBH IA Phase 3 (MEF 22.2), Liaisons Coordination with ITU-T SG15, BBF, IEEE, NGMN, and 3GPP, MBH Survey
Glenn Swanson (Oracle) Technical & Operations Committee Projects
Helio De Oliveira Sa (TIM Celular S.A) Speaker at MEF CALA events and Champion of MEF CE 2.0 and Third Network vision in the CALA region
Isabelle Morency (Iometrix) Marketing Committee Service Management Working Group Leadership, Co-author of Understanding MEF's Service Activation Testing (SAT) Power Play white paper; Technical & Operations and Certification Committee Projects
Jack Pugaczewski (CenturyLink) Technical & Operations Committee NRP Project Leadership; OpenCS Data Center Leadership 
Jason Wolfe (Bell Canada) Technical Committee Co-chair Leadership; Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Director Leadership and Projects
Jessie Jewitt (Ciena)  Technical & Operations Committee Common Information Model & Service Lifecycle Process Project (MEF 50.1) 
Jimmy Hu (Ciena) Technical & Operations Committee CE Management Information Model Project Leadership (MEF 7.3)
Jin-Gen Wang (Level 3) Technical & Operations Committee Service Lifecycle Process Project (MEF 50.1)
John Hawkins (Ciena) Certification Committee Co-chair Leadership
John Siwko (AT&T) Technical & Operations Committee Services and Operations Area Projects (MEF 54)
Larry Samberg (HFR) Technical & Operations Committee, Editor of Class of Service IA, Services Area Projects; MEF-CECP Exam Development
Letty Walker (CenturyLink)  Technical & Operations Committee Ethernet Ordering Project Leadership
Lucy Yong (Huawei) OpenCS Data Center Leadership
Mario Bianchetti (TIM) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Matthias Homann (Colt Technology Services) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Prayson Pate (ADVA Optical) Marketing Committee Co-author of "Carrier Ethernet and NFV" white paper
Raghu Ranganathan (Ciena) Technical Committee Co-chair Leadership, Technical & Operations Committee Co-chair Leadership
Ralph Santitoro (Fujitsu) Marketing Committee Co-chair Leadership, Co-author of "Carrier Ethernet and NFV" white paper, MEF seminar/webinar/web site content creation, Technical & Operations Committee LSO RA contributions and Leader of IP Service Attributes Ad Hoc
Rami Yaron (Telco Systems) Marketing Committee Co-chair Leadership, Marketing Committee Mobile Backhaul Working Group Leadership, Frequent Speaker at MEF Events
Rob Balas (CableLabs)  Technical & Operations Committee Ethernet Ordering Project
Robert Nelson (Cox) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Ryan Hoffman (TELUS) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Scott Mansfield (Ericsson) Technical & Operations Committee MEF LSO Reference Architecture Project Leadership, UNITE Program Leadership
Shahar Steiff (PCCW) Service Operations Committee Co-chair Leadership,Technical & Operations Committee Co-chair Leadership and Frequent Participant at MEF Events
Shay Naeh (Gigaspaces) LSO Hackathon facilitation
Stephan Pelletier (Oracle) Technical & Operations Committee Projects 
Suhas Naik (AT&T) LSO Hackathon facilitation
Tara Cummings (Ericsson)  Technical & Operations Committee Projects 
Tim Sheehan (UNH) Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project and Testing Lab leadership 
Yoav Cohen (RAD) Technical & Operations Committee Services and Orchestration Area projects
Youcef Ayad (Telia Company) Marketing Committee Regional Leadership - Nordics and organization of Nordics seminars
Vincent Alesi (Verizon) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects, Editor of Managed Access E-Line IA

Active Contributor

The Active Contributor Award is presented to members who have demonstrated an ongoing and consistent commitment to the work of MEF. Recognized contributors have been chosen by the leaders of the committees and will receive a framed certificate and a gift. The following are the Active Contributors for the MEF fiscal year ending June 30, 2016:

Contributor Contribution(s)
Andres Madero (Infinera) Speaker at MEF CALA seminars in Bogota, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City and MEF CALA webinar
Basil Najem (Bell Canada) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Brendan Gunn (Verizon)  Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project (MEF 54) 
Claudio Scola (Level 3) MEF Speaker at industry events in EMEA and MEF EMEA seminars in Paris, Madrid and London
Donald Hunter (Cisco)  Technical & Operations Committee NRP Project 
Elzbieta Napierala (AT&T) Technical & Operations EIP Project (MEF 54)
Eric Gray (Ericsson) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Fengkai Li (Huawei) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Gabriele Laghi (TI Sparkle) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Gary Marcinkoski (Level 3) Technical & Operations Committee Projects
Irene Chang (Zayo) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Jeff Brown (Windstream)  Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project (MEF 54)
Mike Lefevre (Windstream) Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project (MEF 54)
Jessy Rouyer (Nokia) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Johan Witters (Nokia) Marketing Committee Regional Co-chair Leadership - EMEA
John Messenger (ADVA Optical) Certification Committee Infrastructure Projects
John Strassner (Huawei)  Technical & Operations Committee Orchestration Area Projects
Jon Kieffer (Fujitsu) Certification Committee MEF-CECP Program Subject Matter Expertise, MEF-CECP Exam Development
Jouko Kapanen (Nokia) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Kamal Maghsoudlou (Ericsson) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Lance Hassan (Charter Communications) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects, Certification Committee Infrastructure Projects
Lee Jorissen (TelePacific) Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project (MEF 54)
Lisa Partridge (Frontier Communications)  Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project (MEF 54)
Marlene Kovac (Carrier Ethernet Academy) Certification Committee MEF-CECP Program Market Awareness
Marjory Sy (PLDT) Marketing Committee contributions to Understanding Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance white paper;
Technical and Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Mark Gibson (Amdocs)  Technical & Operations Committee Projects 
Mehmet Toy (Comcast) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Michael Waldo (ADVA Optical) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Pradeep Kondamuri (Ciena) Technical & Operations Committee Services and Orchestration Area Projects
Steve Cole (Frontier Communications)  Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project (MEF 54) 
Steven Paterson (Liquid Telecom) Speaker at MEF EMEA seminars in London and Pretoria; Marketing Committee Regional Participation - EMEA
Thomas Mandeville (Iometrix) Certification Committee Infrastructure Projects

Editor

After the successful publishing of new white papers, best practices guides and specifications, Editors of these documents are recognized for their leadership and achievements. The recognized individuals receive a framed certificate and a gift.

 

Recent Awards

Dawn Kaplan, Ericsson
Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification

Jin-Gen Wang, Level 3
MEF 50.1: MEF Services Lifecycle Process Flows Specification

Ralph Santitoro, Fujitsu Network Communications
Understanding SD-WAN Managed Services
Service Components, MEF LSO Reference Architecture and Use Cases

Steve Haddock, MEF
Amendment to MEF 45: OVC Services Requirements for L2CP Technical Specification

 

 

 

Technical Documents

The following is a complete listing of technical document editors recognized for their leadership and achievements:
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 1: Ethernet Services Model, Phase 1
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26: External Network Network Interface (ENNI) Phase I
Lior Shabtay, Atrica
MEF 2: Requirements and Framework for Ethernet
Service Protection in Metro Ethernet Networks
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.0.1: Corrected Figure 10 for MEF 26
Tim Frost, Zarlink
MEF 3: Circuit Emulation Service Definitions,
Framework and Requirements in Metro Ethernet Networks
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.0.2: OVC Layer 2 Control Protocol Tunneling
Amendment to MEF 26
Enrique Hernandez-Valencia, Alcatel-Lucent
MEF 4: Metro Ethernet Network Architecture
Framework - Part 1: Generic Framework
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.0.3: Service Level Specification Amendment to MEF 26
Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow
Osama Aboul-Magd, Nortel

MEF 5: Traffic Management Specification: Phase I
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.1: External Network Network Interface (ENNI) Phase 2
Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow
Bill Bjorkman, MEF Distinguished Fellow

MEF 6: Ethernet Services Definitions, Phase 1
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.2: External Network Network Interfaces (ENNI) and Operator Services Attributes
Bill Bjorkman, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 6.1: Ethernet Services Definitions, Phase 2
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 27: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 5: Enhanced UNI Attributes & Part 6: L2CP Handling
Roman Kraznowski, Verizon
MEF 6.1.1: Amendment: Layer 2 Control Protocol (L2CP)
Andy Mayer, Telcordia
MEF 28: External Network Network Interface (ENNI) 
Support for UNI Tunnel Access and Virtual UNI
Raghu Ranganathan, Ciena
MEF 6.2:  Metro Ethernet Services Definitions Phase 3
Chris Purdy, CENX
MEF 29: Ethernet Services Constructs
Andy Mayer, Telcordia
MEF 7: EMS-NMS Information Model
John Lemon, Adtran
MEF 30: Service OAM Fault Management Implementation Agreement
Brian Hedstrom, CableLabs
MEF 7.1.1: Technical Corrections to MEF 7.1
John Lemon, Adtran
MEF 30.1: Service OAM Fault Management Implementation Agreement Phase 2
Jimmy Hu, Ciena
MEF 7.3: Carrier Ethernet Services Management Information Model Technical Specification
John Lemon, Independent Consultant
MEF 30.1.1: Amendment to MEF 30.1 – Correction to Requirement
Tim Frost, Zarlink
MEF 8: Implementation Agreement for the Emulation
of PDH Circuits over Metro Ethernet Networks
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 31: Service OAM Fault Management Definition of Managed Objects
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 9: Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Services at the UNI
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 31.0.1: Amendment to Service OAM SNMP MIB for Fault Management
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10: Ethernet Services Attributes, Phase 1
Yoav Cohen, RAD
MEF 32: Service Protection Across an External Interface
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10.1: Ethernet Services Attributes, Phase 2
Steve Holmgren, AT&T
MEF 33: Ethernet Access Services E-Access
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10.1.1: Amendment to Ethernet Services Attributes Phase 2
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 34: Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Access Services
Bill Bjorkman, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10.2.1: Performance Attributes Amendment to MEF 10.2
Scott Mansfield, Ericsson
MEF 35: Service OAM Performance Monitoring IA
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10.3: Ethernet Service Attributes Phase 3
Jimmy Hu, Ciena
MEF 35.0.1: SOAM PM IA Amendment (1SL)
Hongliang Zhang, T-Mobile
MEF 10.3.1: Composite Performance Metric (CPM) Amendment to MEF 10.3
Jimmy Hu, Ciena
MEF 35.0.2: (SOAM Performance Management)
Lucy Yong, Huawei
MEF 10.3.2: UNI Resiliency Enhancement Amendment to MEF 10.3
David Ball, Cisco Systems
MEF 35.1: SOAM PM AI Phase 2
Dinesh Mohan, Nortel
MEF 11: User Network Interface (UNI) Requirements and Framework
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 36: Service OAM SNMP MIB for Performance Monitoring
Enrique Hernandez-Valencia, Alcatel-Lucent
MEF 12: Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework,
Part 2: Ethernet Services Layer
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 36.1: Service OAM SNMP MIB for Performance Monitoring Amendment
Enrique Hernandez-Valencia, Alcatel-Lucent
MEF 12.1.1: Amendment: UTA, VUNI
Carsten Rossenhoevel, EANTC
MEF 37: Abstract Test Suite for ENNI
Enrique Hernandez-Valencia, Alcatel-Lucent
MEF 12.2: Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework,
Part 2: Ethernet Services Layer
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 38: Service OAM Fault Management YANG Modules
Shahram Davari, PMC-Sierra, Inc.
MEF 13: User Network Interface (UNI) Type 1
Implementation Agreement
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 39: Service OAM Performance Monitoring YANG Module
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 14: Abstract Test Suite for Traffic Management Phase 1
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 40: UNI and EVC Definition of Managed Objects
Andy Mayer, Telcordia
MEF 15: Requirements for Management of Metro Ethernet Phase 1 Network Elements
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 41: Generic Token Bucket Algorithm
Vijay Raghavendran, Cisco
MEF 16: Ethernet Local Management Interface (E-LMI)
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 42: ENNI-OVC MIB
Dinesh Mohan, Nortel
MEF 17: Service OAM Requirements & Framework – Phase 1
Henry Fowler, AT&T
MEF 43: Virtual NID (vNID) Functionality for E-Access
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 18: Abstract Test Suite for Circuit Emulation Services
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 44: Virtual NID (vNID) Definition of Managed Objects
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 19: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 1
Steve Haddock, Independent Consultant
MEF 45: Multi-CEN L2CP
Shahram Davari, T-Pack
MEF 20: User Network Interface (UNI) Type 2 
Implementation Agreement
John Lemon, Independent Consultant
MEF 46: Latching Loopback Protocol and Functionality
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 21: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 1: Link OAM
Ben Mack-Crane, Huawei
MEF 47: Carrier Ethernet Services for Cloud Implementation Agreement
Jonathan Olsson, Ericsson
MEF 22: Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement, Phase 1
Bruno Giguère, MEF
MEF 48: Carrier Ethernet Service Activation Testing (SAT)
Raghu Ranganathan, Ciena
MEF 22.1: Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement Phase 2
Mike Bencheck, Siama Systems
MEF 49: Service Activation Testing Control Protocol and PDU Formats
Glenn Parsons, Ericsson
MEF 22.1.1: Amendment to MEF 22.1 – Small Cell Backhaul
Mike Bencheck, Siama Systems
MEF 49.0.1: Service Activation Testing Control Protocol and PDU Formats Amendment
Glenn Parsons, Ericsson
MEF 22.2: Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement Phase 3
Brian Hedstrom, Telecommunications Consultant
Glenn Swanson, Oracle

MEF 50: Carrier Ethernet Service Lifecycle Process Model
Glenn Parsons, Ericsson
MEF 22.2.1: Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement Phase 3
Bill Bjorkman, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 51: OVC Services
Bill Rembert, AT&T
MEF 23: Implementation Agreement, Carrier Ethernet 
Class of Service – Phase 1
Chunming Liu, T-Mobile
Brian Hedstrom, Telecommunications Consultant

MEF 52: MEF SOC Ethernet Services Qualification Questionnaire
Bill Rembert, AT&T
MEF 23.1: Implementation Agreement, Carrier Ethernet
Class of Service – Phase 2
Colin Stormont, Comcast
MEF 53: MEF SOC Ethernet Services Qualification Questionnaire
Steve Haddock, MEF
Larry Samberg, HFR, Inc.

MEF 23.2: Carrier Ethernet Class of Service – Phase 3
Dan Blemings, AT&T
MEF 54: Ethernet Interconnection Points (EIP): Implementation Agreement
Bill Bjorkman, MEF
MEF 23.2.1: Amendment to MEF 23.2
Models for Bandwidth Profiles with Token Sharing
Andrew Mayer, MEF
Scott Mansfield, Ericsson

MEF 55: Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO): Reference Architecture and Framework
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 24: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 2: E-LMI
Pradeep Kondamuri, Ciena Corporation
MEF 56: Service Configuration and Activation –
Interface Profile Specification
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 25: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 3: Service OAM
 
   

White Papers

The following is a complete listing of white paper editors recognized for their leadership and achievements:
Christopher Cullan, InfoVista
Understanding Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance Part I:
An Introduction to Service Assurance and CE Service Performance Attributes
Anthony Peres, Nokia Networks
Eitan Schwartz, RAD
Prayson Pate, ADVA Optical Networking
Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow

Carrier Ethernet and NFV
Christopher Cullan, InfoVista
Understanding Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance Part II:
How to Measure CE Performance Attributes
Bruno Giguère, MEF
CE 2.0 Service Management Lifecycle
Jon Kieffer, Fujitsu
Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow

Understanding Bandwidth Profiles in MEF 6.2 Service Definitions
Rami Yaron, Telco Systems
Karim Traore, Symmetricom/SCF
Sychnronization for LTE Small Cells
Andy Mayer, MEF
Scott Mansfield, Ericsson
The Third Network: Lifecycle Service Orchestration Vision
Glenn Parsons, Ericsson
Rami Yaron, Telco Systems
Julius Robson, SCF
Backhaul for Urban Small Cells (jointly developed by MEF and Small Cell Forum)
Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF Third Network Vision based on Network as a Service Principles
Abel Tong, Cyan
Carrier Ethernet and SDN Part 1: An Industry Perspective
Mannix O'Connor, MRV
Glenn Swanson, Oracle
Carrier Ethernet and SDN Part 2: Practical Considerations

Distinguished Fellow

The MEF Distinguished Fellow Award is given annually to individuals who have contributed significantly to the MEF and the network industry over a long period of time and have demonstrated exceptional leadership within the MEF. This year’s recipient will be announced at MEF17 in Orlando, FL, November 13-16, 2017. The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2017. Please read below for more details about this award and submission guidelines.

Awarded MEF Distinguished Fellows receive:

  • Lifetime ability to participate in MEF activities (perpetual member status)
  • Recognition on MEF public site page with picture and bio
  • Acknowledgement in a press release
  • A special plaque
  • Special logo for business card use and MEF business cards
  • MEF email address


Nomination Information and instructions for the Distinguished Fellow Award:

  • Nominations will be open September 11 – October 10, 2017. No late nominations will be accepted.
  • Any MEF member can be nominated as a candidate to receive this award. This is not specific to any committee.
  • Nominations can be made by any MEF member.
  • The nominations should include a maximum 500 word narrative, stating why the individual deserves to be chosen. Please email nominations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An email will be sent to you confirming receipt of your nomination.
  • A Nomination Committee will be formed, comprised of individuals making the nominations and designated representative(s) of the Board of Directors. Please indicate with your nomination if you wish to participate in the nomination committee.
  • The Nomination Committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Directors.
  • One person will be recognized.
Previous Winners

Steve’s long contribution to the industry deserves the recognition by MEF. He made a difference to the industry, and he continues to do so.

Key Highlight of Stephen’s professional profile:

Former Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Extreme Networks
Former Chair, IEEE 802.1 Interworking Task Group
Former Vice-Chair, IEEE 802.3ae 10Gb/s Ethernet Task Force
MEF Editor, Multi-CEN L2CP (MEF 45), CoS IA (MEF 23.2)
MEF Adhoc Leader, Bandwidth Profile
Chair: IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation
Co-Editor: IEEE 802.3z Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.1ad Provider Bridging, IEEE 802.1ah Provider Backbone Bridging

After retiring from Cisco, Bob continued to serve as MEF Editor at Large, and has made significant contributions to the MEF's technical development being an editor of eleven MEF specifications. Most notably, he was the editor of MEF 1 (Ethernet Service Attributes), which has been at the heart of the MEF Technical specifications. He was also editor on specifications MEF 10-10.2, MEF 26, 26.0.1, 26.0.2, 26.0.3, 26.1, and has made and participated in over 700 technical contributions. As a long-time contributor to the MEF and former member of the MEF Board of Directors, he has led, reviewed, commented and influenced countless projects.

Bob has a BS Engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University (formerly Case Institute of Technology), a MS Electrical Engineering degree, and a Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences degree—the latter two degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. His Ph.D. thesis focused on the theory of Nonlinear Optimization Algorithms. He received two faculty appointments in EECS at Berkeley.

At the MEF, Bill was co-chair of the MEF Technical Committee, leading the technical development of MEF specifications for seven years. He was editor of three MEF technical specifications - MEF 6 (Ethernet Services Definitions), MEF 6.1 (Ethernet Services Definitions, Phase 2) and MEF 10.2.1 (performance metric amendment to MEF 10.2); and is currently editor of the OVC Services project. As a longstanding key technical contributor to MEF, he also participated in many projects, including vNID, Carrier Ethernet Classes of Service, Mobile Backhaul, UNI Types 1 and 2, ENNI, several ATS's, Service OAM FM and PM and Service Activation projects, and led the development of MEF's first ‘Best Practices' paper – Multi CoS for Mobile Backhaul.

Bill stepped down as co-chair of the MEF Technical Committee in 2012. He currently consults in the areas of data networks and services, standards development and Carrier Ethernet training.

A founding member and leading contributor to all MEF committees, he was editor of MEF 5 and 6 and contributed to MEF 1/5/6/10/22/33/50 technical specifications. He authored the MEF's Ethernet Services primer and was editor and co-author of the MEF's Carrier Ethernet Security Best Practice, Carrier Ethernet for Private Cloud Service Delivery papers and most recently, the Third Network Vision and Strategy paper. Over the years, Ralph has given keynotes and presented on panels sessions and workshops at industry events on many MEF topics including the MEF’s Third Network vision to deliver Network as a Service at the GEN14 conference. Ralph created the MEF's highly successful Carrier Ethernet Professional Certification Program, developed both MEF-CECP and MEF-CECP 2.0 exams, and co-authored the industry’s first MEF-CECP exam study guide. Ralph regularly contributes to architecture, service orchestration, service activation and configuration APIs, SDN, NFV, and information/data modeling work in Technical, Marketing and Service Operations Committees. Ralph is a longstanding member of the MEF Board of Directors and is currently a Co-chair of the MEF Global Marketing Committee.

Eric’s many contributions to the MEF have been in both the certification and marketing teams. He is currently co-chair of the certification committee responsible for the development of the MEF 2.0 certification program. Some current areas AT&T heavily supports/leads are Mobile Backhaul, Certification, Multi-Network Layer 2 Control Protocol, and Virtual NID.

Eric’s background in the development of standards strategies brings a strong practical focus in order to fulfill the goal of “Accelerating the Adoption of Carrier Ethernet”.

He is a Senior Member of IEEE with many publications and patents in addition to conference presentations. He has also been active in the industry as member of various conference committees including as chair.

 

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Prior to founding CENX, Nan held executive roles at Atrica (acquired by Nokia) and Bay Networks/SynOptics (acquired by Nortel). Nan has been well-recognized with awards/accolades, including the Leader of the Year in telecom, and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Industry. In his past life, Nan was a record holder for pole vault at Beijing University.

Mr. Strople has twenty-five years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He joined MTS Allstream in October 2005 and since then has served as Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer and President. Zayo acquired Allstream in January 2016. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering with an Option in Management Science from the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the board of directors of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, one of the world's largest retailers of beverage alcohol.

  • Private IP, Carrier Ethernet and Public IP network solutions
  • Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization
  • Security Operations, Threat Intelligence and Security Analytics
  • Managed and Professional Services

Prior to his role in the product and technology organization, Mr. Hakl has held leadership positions in Verizon’s Global Operations, Sales Engineering and Information Technology organizations. Given Mr. Hakl’s leadership in defining and delivering Carrier Ethernet and many of the virtualized network services offerings at Verizon, we believe Mr. Hakl will be able to provide a useful perspective of the needs of both carriers and enterprise organizations, and he would appreciate the opportunity to share Verizon’s early experiences in implementing virtual/cloud services in order to support innovation within the communications provider community.

Support Systems are evolving to provide the necessary foundational support toward service agility, lifecycle management, and operational automation. Gabriel’s broad experience in telecom, as well as Amdocs’ strategy, is supporting MEF direction at the intertwine between open source, a different approach toward standardization, and a faster pace of community driven innovation. Gabriel holds a PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in Physics, co-authored numerous articles in referred journals, and is the recipient of several prestigious academic awards.

From 2006 to 2017, Anatoli was the President of International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) – an industry organization facilitating interoperability of multimedia communication products and technologies based on the open standards. Anatoli is a frequent speaker at various industry events and conferences, covering subjects of MCC, WebRTC, VoLTE/ViLTE, standards, and interoperability. He contributes to the Softil and other industry blogs.

Prior to Softil, Anatoli was Director of Product Management for Spirent Communications Developer Tools BU, and prior to that, a Director of Product Management for Radvision, an Avaya company.

MEF is at the forefront, guiding the change to enable new, innovative, services while protecting investments. A focus on collaboration and cooperation among the MEF’s committees and between the MEF and partner Standards Bodies has provided the ability for the MEF to set a vision for industry and, together, turn that vision into reality. Fostering this style of cooperative thought leadership not only ensures the viability of MEF, but illustrates MEF members as industry leaders attracting others to the MEF to be part of something bigger. New opportunities emerge as the MEF evolves into a hybrid organization consisting of traditional standards, software, and applications. My goal on the MEF Forum Board is to continue looking forward for new areas that provide a platform for evangelizing the MEF vision.

Pascal currently serves as MEF's Chief Technology Officer. He is focused on cloud scale architectures, real-time media networks, Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO). He is a former Principal from Microsoft Skype for Business Global Carrier Group where he spent close to 10 years working on many real-time media and network technologies. As one of the leading industry experts in Unified Communication (UC) and SDN he is a UCStrategies Expert, pioneer of Unified Communications (UC) and Software Defined Networks (SDN), Chair of UC SDN Task Group at International Multimedia Telecommunication Consortium (IMTC), Vice-Chair of Open Network Foundation (ONF) NBI Working Group and Co-Founder and former Vice-Chair of Wi-Fi Alliance Task Group Mobile Multimedia Over Wi-Fi. Pascal has done five startups with multiple successes, has received numerous industry awards and has presented extensively in numerous events globally. Pascal holds 4 patents with 25 additional patents pending and has co-authored many standards in the IETF, MEF, IMTC and Broadband Forum (MPLS).

In 1979, he founded 3Com Corp., taking it public in 1984. After 30 years, 3Com became part of HP in 2010. In 2001, Bob became a venture capitalist at Polaris Venture Partners. In 2003, he was appointed Advisory Director to the MEF board. Among Bob's myriad awards and accolades are the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1996, National Academy of Engineering in 1999, National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007, and Computer History Museum Hall of Fellows in 2008. In 2005, Bob received the National Medal of Technology for “leadership in the invention, standardization, and commercialization of Ethernet.

Prior to his current role, Kevin held the position of SVP & GM of New Business Solutions, leading the creating of Comcast Business Cloud Solutions environment and operations. A 20-year industry veteran, Kevin’s prior positions include leadership roles in sales, marketing, R&D, corporate strategy, and private equity. Kevin holds a BS in Mathematics/Computer Science and a MS in Information Networking, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

He has relentlessly championed open networking to put more people to work building novel solutions for more customers of all types. He also advises private and public companies to commercialize new ideas and stay abreast of new capabilities.

Prior to ONF he ran and advised startup companies, served as dean of engineering at Santa Clara University, held executive management roles at Nortel Networks and Bay Networks, developed and managed networking technology and HP and IBM, and taught computer science and electrical engineering at Duke and UNC. He holds a B.S. from Duke and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and son.

Eric’s many contributions to the MEF have been in both the certification and marketing teams. He is currently the co-chair of the Certification Committee responsible for the development of the future MEF certification program and Treasurer of the Board.

Eric provides valuable insight to the MEF’s future direction due to his activities on AT&T’s User-Defined Network Cloud project utilizing NFV, SDN, Open Source, and Cloud technologies. Eric's background in the development of standards strategies brings a strong practical focus in order to fulfill the goals of the “MEF Third Network Vision”.

multi-vendor virtualized solutions using LSO, SDN, NFV and SD-WAN technologies that enable Third Network Services. Ralph’s team also developed Fujitsu’s new SD-WAN managed service launched earlier this year. A founding member and regular contributor & mentor to several MEF projects, Ralph helped incubate the OpenCS SD-WAN project and created the new SD-WAN Market Education project.

He frequently lectures on MEF topics at industry events and contributed to 10 MEF whitepapers, including MEF’s new “Understanding SD-WAN Managed Services” paper. On the board, Ralph would continue to advance MEF’s industry leadership in software-defined, virtualized, application-driven network services that fuel the rapidly evolving digital economy.

Representing a leading Asian Service Provider that is heavily reliant on partnership and Interconnects, and coming from the business side of the house, I am driving an agenda that places emphasis on inter-carrier/inter-domain operations and on federated orchestration. Through my involvement in several other industry bodies such as ONAP, TM Forum,

NGMN and ONF, and through my presentations in industry events, I am actively involved in aligning the industry towards this goal through Unified Info-Models, Standard interfaces and Standard Processes.

Alessandro has developed a true passion for innovation and technological transformation in his over 25 years career in the telco business, which he starts at Italian manufacturing Italtel as Senior Manager, Strategic Planning and Marketing Development. In 1996, he joins Italian operator Infostrada as Head of Strategic Planning and National and International Interconnection.

Alessandro moves to Sparkle in 2001 as Head of Operational Coordination. In the same year, he is appointed Head of Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, Project Management and Pricing in the National Wholesale Services department. As Executive Vice President, he manages the entire National Wholesale Services organization through 2008, when in April that year, he is appointed Telecom Italia Group’s Chief Regulatory Officer and member of GSMA CRO Group, positions he maintains through 2011.

standards organizations.

During his tenure, membership has tripled to over 210 companies, representing 48 countries, with Service Provider membership increasing eight fold. New member committees have been formed and MEF’s Marketing, Certification programs have been substantially expanded. OpenCloud Connect has been established within MEF’s legal framework. Kevin held the position of CEO of DIATEM Networks Inc., a Carrier Ethernet software company from 2003 to 2005 and was Chairman, President and CEO of NUVO Network Management, a network management outsourcing firm, from 1996 to 2002. Previously, he held other senior management positions with NUVO and spent 10 years in a wide variety of capacities with Gandalf Technologies, a network equipment vendor.

Rami brings to the MEF a diversified leadership background in software architecture, product strategy, and business development. Recently, he supported the MEF’s evolution by promoting the current work to analysts, other SDOs, open-source projects, and the general market. This effort has led to recruitment of new members, greater participation of existing members, and cooperation with other standard and open-source organizations. Rami holds an MS in Computer Science and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Haven.

strategy of communication network. She joined China Telecom in 2000. She is responsible for studying network evolution including IP network, service, equipment, protocol, interface and testing in China Telecom. Before joining China Telecom, she was the Vice President of Research Institute of Telecommunication Transmission of MII.

In 1999, she was the Chairperson of Network Switching Technical of organizing technical program and relevant technical specification of IP-MAN soft switch network and equipment. In 2006, she initiated and presided over research work on standardization for Common IMS convergence network, and set up a joint research group in China. She has won many awards for sci-tech programs at national and ministerial levels.

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