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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.

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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...

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MEF18

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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).

Building Dynamic Third Network Services Powered By CE 2.0, LSO, SDN & NFV

 

London – May 17, 2016


Following the introduction of very successful seminars in 2015, we are excited to offer an expanded seminar program for 2016, with more cities, many new topical areas and content reflecting the significant evolution of the network services market experienced in 2015 and projected for 2016!

Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) provides a framework for the development, delivery, and certification of state-of-the-art standardized services. Industry-wide, we continue to see robust growth for the global Carrier Ethernet services market, which analysts estimate will exceed $50 billion in 2016. Major service providers are expanding CE 2.0 coverage, improving end-to-end capabilities and SLAs for both on and off-net constructed services. Numerous small to medium size providers are joining the community of standardized CE 2.0 access service providers.

Concurrently, we are witnessing exciting activities related to the multi-year transformation of the CE market from a pre-defined connectivity model toward a software-driven model in which Third Network services provides a dynamic, cloud-like experience with user-directed control over network resources. This transition begins with CE 2.0 certified services as the foundation upon which to build dynamic connectivity services powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV.

Internally at MEF and together with SDOs and Open Source partners, numerous new works are underway to achieve our Third Network goals. Many of these and other industry developments were recently debated and demonstrated at MEF's flagship GEN15 event, with 35 countries and 250+ organizations participating. The MEF Seminars 2016: Building Dynamic Third Network Services Powered By CE 2.0, LSO, SDN & NFV are regional micro-events that brings leading subject matter experts to locations around the globe to educate participants on industry trends and developments. Emphasis is on the preparation that service providers should consider to establish a solid CE 2.0 platform in support of new value-added innovations.

 

Agenda

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 9:00 – 16:15

 

Session Title

Description

Speaker

9:00 Registration Opens    
10:00 Opening Remarks Welcome, Objectives and Agenda Overview Johan Witters
MEF EMEA Marketing co-chair &
IP Business Development
NOKIA
10:10 MEF Strategy and Market Trends
  • Overview of the work of the MEF including:
    • Carrier Ethernet 2.0 is the foundation for service innovation
    • LSO is the critical enabler of automated & virtualized networks built with SDN & NFV
    • Layer 3 IP & higher layer service definitions
    • Open source initiatives
    • Expanded certification program
  • Introduction to strategic MEF industry-wide activities
    • UNITE and the SDOs
    • Ethernet Interconnect Points
    • MEF Services Interconnect Program
    • MEF Certified Professionals
  • Overview of the global market for CE 2.0 services - trends, growth opportunities, globalization initiatives
Johan Witters
MEF EMEA Marketing co-chair &
IP Business Development
NOKIA
10:40 Multi-Operator Service Delivery: From Months to Minutes...

The MEF is focused on enabling dynamic network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world, providing businesses an on-demand, cloud-connected, secure, and assured experience.

This presentation will explain how LSO is the critical enabler of automated and virtualized networks built with SDN and NFV. Currently, Service Providers need LSO capabilities and supporting APIs to overcome the OSS and BSS obstacles that prevent them from realizing the full benefits of emerging SDN and NFV technologies. LSO encompasses all network domains that require coordinated inter-operator end-to-end management and control to deliver on-demand cloud connectivity services and to assure their overall quality and security as expressed in the Service Provider SLA.
Hayim Porat
CTO
ECI Telecom
11:10 MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Reference Architecture and Framework The LSO Reference Architecture and Framework defines the management and control layered reference architecture and the framework that characterizes the domains and management entities required to enable cooperative LSO capabilities for connectivity services. The framework also provides high level use cases describing orchestrated connectivity service behavior as well as interactions among management and control entities. The management and control reference points that characterize interactions between LSO management ecosystem components are identified in the framework. This session will provide the definition of LSO, its related information and APIs and how SDOs and Open Source projects are collaborating to make Third Network Services a reality. Mustapha Mahiaoui
Service Solutions Designer
Vodafone
11:40 Break
11:55 Capturing the Wholesale Ethernet Interconnect Market with CE 2.0 Services

Widely deployed CE 2.0 networking fabrics are the foundation upon which to build Third Network services. While expanding upon extensive specifications, operational frameworks, and CE 2.0 certification programs, the MEF is also advancing important initiatives like the Ethernet Interconnect Points (EIP) Project and MEF Services Interconnect (MEF-SI) Program that streamline deployment of fully-featured interconnections between different service providers to maximize coverage of Third Network-ready infrastructure.

This session will cover the global deployment trends and services development initiatives with regards to CE 2.0 Service Lifecycle Process model with new specifications, implementation guides and certification programs. It will cover the different CE 2.0 service types, functionalities and attributes. Finally, it will present the E-Transit and OVC Services as the new Wholesale Ethernet game-changer.
Gary Williams
MEF EMEA marketing co-chair
Business Development
Microsemi & Carrier Ethernet Academy
12:20 Interactive Discussion Panel - CE 2.0 Services in EMEA; Retail & Wholesale Growth Opportunities This panel will discuss CE 2.0 services in the region and growth opportunities. This session will be an interactive discussion where the attendees will be polled and have the opportunity to pose questions to panelists.

Moderator:

Adam Turner
MEF UK country co-chair & Head of Marketing
Net2Edge Limited

Panelists:

Rohan Peterpillai
Pre-Sales Consultant
InfoVista

Steven Paterson
International Presales Architect
Liquid Telecom

Mark Bennett
Head of Global Fixed Connectivity Products,
Vodafone

Mark Daley
Director of Corporate Strategy and Products,
Epsilon

13:00 Lunch
14:00 MEF Certification Update New developments in MEF professionals, services and equipment certification programs Isabelle Morency
Head of Engineering and Standards
Iometrix
14:25 TMForum and MEF collaboration TM Forum presentation on collaboration between the two organization on API mappings and the implications for standardized automated wholesale service serviceability, ordering, and performance reporting between Service Providers and Operators. Dave Milham
Chief Architect
TM Forum
14:50 Third Network Use Cases

This session will showcase different Third Network centric PoCs relating to CE 2.0 and Third Network services.

Different Industry Proof of Concept (PoC) have demonstrated a simplified user experience via a self-ordering portal for complex Carrier Ethernet services with zero-touch orchestration and full integration of critical business and operation processes. These PoCs were demonstrating these functionalities across hybrid network with both physical and virtualized (NFV) infrastructure, including virtualized customer premise equipment (vCPEs). How far are we from offering these capabilities over a multi-operator architecture?
Abel Tong
Sr. Director of Solutions Marketing
Ciena
15:15 Orchestrated Network Services with LSO, SDN and NFV

As Service Providers accelerate the deployment of dynamic services, automation that spans multiple Operator domains becomes mandatory to achieve scalability that includes off-net locations. This automation depends on standardization of Information Models, Operational Threads and Interface Profiles based on real-world use cases and Service Provider implementation strategies. This presentation explains how MEF builds these use cases - including serviceability, ordering, performance reporting, resource provisioning and many others - based on Service Provider expertise and integrates them using the latest modeling approaches to define the processes and APIs that Service Providers and Operators can use to interconnect in a fully automated fashion.

This is an essential introduction for anyone that is involved in transitioning Service Providers to a position of service delivery within minutes, rather than months, using partner networks.
Kevin Brackpool
Technical Strategist and Architect
Vodafone
15:40 Interactive Discussion Panel - Multi-operator services

Multi-operator services: The immediate market opportunities enabled by orchestration

This panel will discuss multi-operator services and the immediate market opportunities enabled by orchestration. This session will be an interactive discussion where the attendees will be polled and have the opportunity to pose questions to panelists.

Moderator:

Daniel Bar-Lev
Director Certification and Strategic Programs
MEF

Panelists:

Abel Tong
Sr. Director of Solutions Marketing
Ciena

Claudio Scola
Director of Product Marketing, Global Network Services
Level 3 Communications

Gary Williams
MEF EMEA marketing co-chair
Business Development
Microsemi & Carrier Ethernet Academy

Mark Porter
Regional Sales Director
CENX

16:20 Closing Remarks and Questions   Gary Williams
MEF EMEA marketing co-chair
Business Development
Microsemi & Carrier Ethernet Academy
16:30 Close   Gary Williams
MEF EMEA marketing co-chair
Business Development
Microsemi & Carrier Ethernet Academy
       

Materials

Document

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MEF Third Network Vision White Paper
MEF Third Network Lifecycle Service Orchestration Vision White Paper
MEF Services Interconnect Program Brochure
Opening Remarks, presented by Johan Witters
MEF Strategy and Market Trends, presented by Johan Witters
Multi-Operator Service Delivery: From Months to Minutes, presented by Hayim Porat
MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Reference Architecture and Framework, presented by Mustapha Mahiaoui
Capturing the Wholesale Ethernet Interconnect Market with CE 2.0 Services, presented by Gary Williams
CE 2.0 Services in EMEA; Retail & Wholesale Growth Opportunities, moderated by Adam Turner
MEF Certification Update, presented by Isabelle Morency
TMForum and MEF collaboration, presented by Dave Milham
Third Network Use Cases, presented by Abel Tong
Orchestrated Network Services with LSO, SDN and NFV, presented by Kevin Brackpool
Multi-operator services, moderated by Daniel Bar-Lev
Closing Remarks and Questions, presented by Gary Williams

Webinars

English

New Dynamic & Assured Third Network Services Powered By LSO
MEF Third Network Vision Based on Network as a Service Principles
MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration – Enabling Third Network Services
Differentiating Your Wholesale Ethernet Services in a Changing Market
Mastering the Paradigm Shift - New Professional Certification from the MEF

Youtube

English

Embracing the Third Network - with Nan Chen, MEF President
Defining LSO, SDN & NFV - with Axel Clauberg, Deutsche Telekom AG
Defining LSO, SDN & NFV - with Jack Pugaczewshi, CenturyLink
Lance Hassan, Time Warner Comminications, speaks on MEF Professional Certification

Speakers

Daniel Bar-Lev
Director of Certification & Strategic Programs, MEF

Since 2011, Daniel has been responsible for developing and expanding the MEF's very successful CE 2.0 Services and Equipment certification programs and the MEF-CECP Professionals Certification program. He oversees all aspects of the programs including new item development, development of new infrastructure capabilities, publication of reference materials, exam delivery, MEF Accredited Training Providers and MEF Subject Matter Experts. During his tenure, the MEF-CECP Community has grown from zero to over 3,200 certified professionals in 72 countries and 350 organizations, as well as the CE 2.0 certification program that has grown from zero to over 90 certified service providers and equipment vendors around the globe.

In addition, Daniel works with the membership on developing and rolling out strategic programs such as UNITE, the MEF Services Interconnect program and the Ethernet Internet Points project, as well as leading the requirements and development program of the MEF's online CRM and collaboration platforms based on SalesForce and Atlassian Confluence.

Daniel has been involved specifically in the networking industry for over 20 years holding a variety of positions in RAD Data Communications, as well as co-founding Resolute Networks where he held executive positions and which he represented in the MEF, serving for 3 years as Global Marketing Co-Chair and being elected three times to the MEF Board of Directors.

Mark Bennett

Mark Bennett
Head of Fixed Connectivity Products, Vodafone

Mark Bennett joined Vodafone in 2012 and is accountable for a portfolio of fixed connectivity products which are sold through Vodafone Global Enterprise and local market operating companies.

Prior to joining Vodafone, Mark held senior product management roles in Cable and Wireless Worldwide, where he was responsible for IP-VPN MPLS and Internet products as well as UK access network strategy. Also, at THUS the mid-market division of Cable and Wireless, where he headed up the Data Products Portfolio.

Mark has previously worked for several UK communications organisations including BT and Energis. He has an MBA from Henley Management College.

Kevin Brackpool

Kevin Brackpool
Technical Strategist and Architect, Vodafone

Kevin is a Principal Engineer within Vodafone’s technical experts community and works in the Network Virtualisation Centre of Excellence team in Vodafone Group. He has an extensive knowledge of networking technologies based on over 30 years’ experience and has most recently been working on network virtualisation and orchestration systems. Kevin holds a BSc Honours degree in Mathematics.

Mark Daley

Mark Daley
Director of Corporate Strategy and Development, Epsilon Telecommunications

Mark Daley is the Director of Corporate Strategy and Development at Epsilon Telecommunications. Mark plays a leading role in identifying and developing Epsilons cutting edge cloud and communication strategies, with a focus on market and customer needs.

Mark is a veteran Telecommunication professional and served 14 years with Telstra, has held executive Marketing positions at several high profile Telecommunication companies such as NTT and eircom and was responsible for Marketing and Service Line strategy at Cap Gemini TMN UK. Mark has had various speaking roles including delivering new technology messages such as WebRTC to audiences as diverse as ITSPA, AWS and to GSMA members.

Mark has had various industry roles including representing the Roaming Financial Clearing industry on the GSMA Associate Members Reference Group and the Telecommunications UK Fraud Forum.

Mustapha Mahiaoui
Service Solutions Designer, Vodafone

Mustapha is a Lead Service Design Architect within Vodafone's Group Enterprise organisation and works on key Product Development and Business Transformation programmes for the Vodafone WAN's strategic portfolio. He has a strong knowledge of fixed connectivity solutions with over 10 years’ experience in different roles. He has most recently been working on the Vodafone Global Ethernet and SDN/NFV programmes. Mustapha holds a BEng. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and also a Master's Degree in Telecommunications Technology.”

Dave Milham
Chief Architect, TM Forum

Dave, a TM Forum Distinguished Fellow, is the Chief Architect and currently focused on the ZOOM Zero-touch Orchestration Operations and Management program. It addresses management and operations of virtualized services – the vision is seamless operations in a virtualised world with zero touch service provisioning support for digital service applications,NFV/SDN and the Internet of Things.

After a 36 years career BT, in multiple development and operational roles, he worked in BT’s CTO office on rapid service delivery, and represented BT at ITU, ETSI TISPAN, UK NICC B2B standards, 3GPP and the TM Forum; where he contributed to numerous TM Forum teams: eTOM, SPLC, SES, etc. He graduated from Imperial College, London with a BSc in Electrical Engineering, and an MSc in telecommunications engineering from Essex University, He is a Member of the IET.

Isabelle Morency
Head of Engineering and Standards, Iometrix

Isabelle is Head of Engineering and Standards at Iometrix.

She has over 15 years of experience in the networking industry with a strong focus on equipment and services certification testing programs. Heavily involved with the MEF since 2005, she has authored seven MEF specifications, led the CE 2.0 technical work and is currently developing the first MEF LSO Iterative Test Suite.

Isabelle holds a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering and has completed postgraduate studies in Business and Administration.

Steven Paterson
International Solutions Architect, Liquid Telecom

Steven Paterson has worked extensively in both European and African Carrier Services Markets.

In a career spanning over a decade and a half,  he has an extensive certification in Networking and Systems Engineering fields of discipline.  He has worked for IBM, Level 3 Communications, VPLS Specialists Exponential-E and now at Liquid Telecom. He has helped to lead adoption of MEF standards and services within Liquid Telecom and continues to support sales across all verticals in Enterprise and Carrier markets.

He continues to travel extensively in Africa in support of business for Liquid Telecom.

Rohan Peterpillai
Pre-Sales Consultant, InfoVista

With more than 15 years of industry experience in service and performance assurance for communications service providers (CSPs), Rohan has advocated assurance best practices for several large European global telecommunications firms. Supporting critical network projects through various OSS transformations and product launches, Rohan ensures maximum monetisation of CSP’s business services offerings. Most recently, Rohan has been focusing on advanced business services that help CSPs move up the stack into the application layer to empower their enterprise customers and enhance the value of their business services. Rohan is based in London and carries a BEng. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Hayim Porat
CTO, ECI

Hayim Porat is the CTO at ECI where he heads the innovation center. He is responsible for the development and design of the company's forward-looking technology strategy which includes: SDN/NFV, big data, security and cloud services. Prior to ECI, Mr. Porat shepherded the research of cloud and SDN technologies for various international organizations. He served as the Chief Cloud IaaS and SDN Architect at Toga Networks and consulted on the same to others. Mr. Porat was the founder and CTO of Ethos Networks, a pioneer in centralized control of telecom metro Ethernet networks which was sold to Tejas Networks in 2010. Following the acquisition, he worked as the principal architect at Tejas. Mr. Porat holds multiple telecommunications patents and certifications and several of his works have been published. He earned a BSc. for Electronics Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

Mark Porter

Mark Porter
Sales Director, Northern Europe, CENX

Mark is CENX’s Sales Director for Northern Europe, bringing over 25 years of experience in the technology and communications industry. With his extensive experience in solution sales, coupled with his strong technical knowledge, Mark has demonstrated success in selling complex software solutions to mobile, wireline, and cloud data service providers. Over the course of his business development career, Mark has gained experience working across the telecom industry through his time with France Telecom, HP, Ericsson, Wipro, and most recently with game-changing start-up CENX. Bilingual in English and French, Mark holds an M.Sc. in Electromechanical Engineering from Cranfield University, an Engineering degree from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Gloucestershire.

Claudio Scola
Director, Product Marketing, Global Network Services, Level 3 Communications

Claudio Scola is Director of Product Marketing, Global Network Services for Level 3 Communications. He is based in London. Claudio has global responsibility and oversight for the marketing and positioning of Level 3’s network services. Since joining Level 3 in 2013, he has focused on the possibilities that SDN and Cloud bring to Enterprise networking. Prior to joining Level 3, Claudio held a number of Product Marketing/Management positions at various companies specialising in WAN technologies.

Abel Tong
Sr. Director of Marketing, Ciena

Abel is Senior Director of Marketing at Ciena. Abel is responsible for helping network operators transform their networks by applying packet-optical transport platforms, simplifying their operations and leveraging Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) to create new services and deliver higher-order value. Abel has over 15 years of networking and telecommunications systems experience. Abel is also a long-time contributor to MEF. At MEF, Abel is Co-Chair of the SDN Working Group and a member of the Marketing Leadership Council. Abel is also a member of OpenCloud Connect, Open Daylight, and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

Venue

Venue

Hilton London Canary Wharf
SOUTH QUAY, MARSH WALL
E14 9SH
London
United Kingdom
+44-203-002-2300

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MEF Webinars – Enabling a Global Ecosystem of Automated Networks

MEF brings together the community of service providers, technology vendors, open source projects, and standards organizations to accelerate the worldwide adoption of dynamic services orchestrated across a global fabric of automated networks.

Our webinars provide a roadmap for service providers striving to introduce on-demand, cloud-centric services that span multiple provider networks to serve the needs of the digital economy.

In 2018, our webinars will help service providers position their network for opportunity and growth, exploring topics related to the MEF 3.0 Global Services Framework:

  • Standardized, Orchestrated Services
  • Open LSO APIs
  • Service and Technology Certifications
  • Community Collaboration

Participate and learn from industry experts on the innovation that is possible with MEF 3.0. 

 

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Topic

Speakers

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New MEF webinars to be added soon!

Speakers

Speakers – Meet the Experts

MEF draws from our community of subject matter experts from service providers, technology vendors, open source projects, and standards organizations to accelerate the industry transition to agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services.

Our webinars are typically moderated by a member of the MEF leadership team. Guest speakers include industry analysts and major contributors to MEF project work.

Archived Webinars

Date

Topic

Speakers

Recording

August 9, 2017
11:00 AM ET

SD-WAN Managed Services: Terminology, Use Cases, Challenges and MEF Work

SD-WANs have become very popular because they solve current business challenges while leveraging new SDN, NFV, orchestration and cloud technologies. Enterprises have been building SD-WANs for several years but prefer to have a service provider manage the service for them rather than build and operate it themselves. Service providers are challenged to quickly introduce new SD-WAN managed services due to the lack of standardization of service definitions and architectures. Today, SD-WANs come in all types and flavors. In this webinar, you will learn about the MEF's SD-WAN standardization work and different use cases from the perspective of two SD-WAN managed service providers (MSPs) with different delivery models. The webinar will discuss the market drivers and business benefits for SD-WAN managed services and how MEF standardization of SD-WAN services using the LSO reference architecture could address current operational challenges to accelerate service delivery.

Speakers:
Stan Hubbard
Director of Communications & Research, MEF (moderator)

Peter Agnew
Director, Network Service Design, Colt

Ralph Santitoro
MEF Distinguished Fellow and Head of SDN/NFV Solutions Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications

Play Recording

June 29, 2017
11:00 AM ET

Puntos de Interconexión Ethernet: Construyendo el Camino a los Servicios de la Tercera Red

Carrier Ethernet es el combustible para la economía digital global y la base sobre la cual se construye nuevos servicios dinámicos, seguros y orquestados para el mundo hiper_conectado. Pero la falta de estandarización para interconectar proveedores y operadores de servicios Ethernet es un obstáculo para el crecimiento y la eficiencia del mercado. Actualmente, la mayoría de las interconexiones Ethernet son interconexiones de red a red (NNI) no estándar y personalizadas, lo que impide escalar el mercado. Más de una docena de proveedores de servicios y proveedores de tecnología miembros del MEF han participado en el proyecto MEF para crear Puntos de Interconexión Ethernet (Ethernet Interconnect Points o EIP) aprovechando los estándares existentes para interconexión CE. La primera fase del proyecto EIP involucró la creación de una Directriz de Implementación de Punto de Interconexión Ethernet que recomienda cómo usar las Interfaces Estándar de Red a Red (ENNIs) de forma eficaz. Esta guía inicial se enfoca en la configuración de servicios de acceso Ethernet (E-Access) de una manera simple, y las nuevas directrices avanzarán en complejidad con en el tiempo. Las directrices ayudarán a la industria a escalar rápidamente y reducir complejidad.

Este webinar explorará dónde se dirige el mercado, las expectativas técnicas, los obstáculos operacionales que pueden surgir y la necesidad de que los operadores gestionen eficazmente la transición a medida que el mercado avanza hacia la estandarización. Este seminario apunta a aquellos proveedores de servicios que compran servicios de Ethernet mayoristas de operadorese interconectan sus redes para crear servicios CE minoristas de extremo a extremo pasando por múltiples redes. También se compartirá informaciones que pueden ser importantes para la toma de decisiones mientras desarrolla su estrategia de cómo sacar total provecho de interconexiones Ethernet estandarizadas.

Speaker:
Emerson Moura
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco & MEF CALA Marketing Co-chair

Play Recording

June 27, 2017
11:00 AM ET

Winning Strategies for Preparing MEF 2017 Award Submissions

The MEF 2017 Awards program is open for entries until 13 September 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 year’s program includes 40 awards in enterprise applications, services, proof of concept demonstration, technology, and professional categories.

This webinar that will help you identify the award categories in which your company excels. We will cover:

  • MEF award categories and important dates
  • How to use the awards submissions portal
  • Tips for writing concise, compelling submissions

This is an excellent opportunity to have all of your questions answered and will help you to get one step closer to being an award winner.

Speakers:
Stan Hubbard
MEF17 Program Director, MEF

Rosemary Cochran
Principal and Co-founder, Vertical Systems Group

Play Recording

March 29, 2017
12:00 PM ET (Noon)

Adopting MEF’s SAT Power Play for Improved Testing Efficiency

Service Activation Testing (SAT) plays an important role in MEF’s Third Network vision of delivering agile, assured, and orchestrated connectivity services. MEF 48 (SAT), MEF 46 (Latching Loopback) and MEF 49 (SAT Control Protocol and PDU Formats) specifications make up a framework for standardized testing and troubleshooting of Carrier Ethernet-based services for service providers. Collectively these specifications are known as the MEF SAT Power Play. These specifications can be used all together or individually to comprehensively test Carrier Ethernet-based services.

The webinar will discuss the important relationship between MEF’s SAT specifications and the work of other standards developing organizations (SDOs), such as IETF RFC 2544 and ITU-T Y.1564. Discover the many benefits of MEF’s SAT Power Play including improved testing efficiency for retail and wholesale Ethernet service deployments, boosting customer satisfaction by reducing the number of faulty turn ups, and accelerating the interconnection process between peer operators.

Speakers:
Bruno Giguère, Director Product Marketing, MEF

Eric Leser
Director of Service Level Management, Spectrum Enterprise

Mike Bencheck
Fellow, Siama Systems, Inc.

Play Recording

January 18, 2017
11:00 AM ET

Understanding CE 2.0 Service Assurance - Can It Generate Revenue?

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.

Moderator:
Bruno Giguère, Director Product Marketing, MEF

Christopher Cullan
Dir. Product Marketing, InfoVista

Eric Leser
Director of Service Level Management, Spectrum Enterprise

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January 12, 2017
12:00 PM ET

Considerations for Deploying Virtual Network Functions and Services

This webinar discusses considerations for implementing NFV to add new virtual network functions and virtual network services onto foundational Carrier Ethernet (CE) connectivity services. The webinar discusses terminology and use cases for different deployment models for virtual network functions at the customer premises or within the service provider’s data center or central office. The webinar also discusses different business and operational considerations when deploying NFV using Network Interface Devices (NIDs) and vCPE at the customer premises for different network functions and services.

Moderator:
Bruno Giguère, Director Product Marketing, MEF

Diego Lopez
Chair of ETSI NFV ISG, Co-chair of IRTF's NFVRG, and Sr. Technology Expert at Telefonica I+D

Ralph Santitoro
MEF Distinguished Fellow and Head of SDN/NFV Solutions Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications

Mike Sapien
Principal Analyst at Ovum

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January 11, 2017
12:00 PM ET

LSO Innovation Platform Technical Overview & User Guidance

This webinar will provide a technical explanation of the LSO Innovation Platform, its capabilities and how it can be used to develop micro-services. Attendees will receive detailed, hands-on instructions on how to implement micro-services on the LSO Innovation Platform including examples of the user interface and functionality.

Moderator:
Bruno Giguère, Director Product Marketing, MEF

Yaakov Berkovitch
Senior Architect, ECI Telecom

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January 10, 2017
12:00 PM ET

LSO Innovations Platform for Rapidly Introducing New Network Functionality

MEF's LSO Innovation Platform is a valuable tool for technology providers to develop and test both service orchestration functionality and business applications incrementally. Traditionally, service orchestration and business applications have been the domain of monolithic OSS/BSS systems that precluded the rapid introduction of new functionality. MEF's LSO Innovation Platform upends that approach and enables any best-of-breed analytics, assurance, control, fulfillment, performance, policy, security and usage functionality to be rapidly introduced into service provider environments. This webinar will provide a business-oriented view of the LSO Innovation Platform and explain its importance to service providers and technology providers in the telecom and cloud services market.

Speakers:

Daniel Bar-Lev
Director of Strategic Programs, MEF

Sarit Tager
VP of R&D, SDN, LSO, Apps, ECI Telecom

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September 8, 2016
12:00 ET

Achieving Optimal Performance Through Smart Mobile Backhaul Network Design

To meet the increase in mobile devices and the demand for more bandwidth, as well as high quality of service (QoS) and experience (QoE) for users, operators are deploying new types of infrastructure and technologies, such as Small Cells, carrier-grade Wi-Fi, distributed antenna systems (DAS), and remote radio heads (RHH), among others.

These new technologies impose different requirements on the backhaul network in order to achieve better user experience. Therefore, operators must have a clear strategy to improve their current mobile backhaul networks. Mobile backhaul network design may determine the capacity and performance of the mobile network.

This webinar covers current and future work of MEF with regard to mobile backhaul for LTE/ LTE- Advance Small Cells, including:

  • Optimizing your network for LTE Advance Small Cell backhaul 
  • Assessing the impact of Small Cells’ synchronization and coordination on the backhaul
  • Outlining requirements for synchronization and latency, site-to-site communication
  • Best practices in LTE-Advance and Small Cell backhaul transition

Moderator:
Bruno Giguère, Director Product Marketing, MEF

Speakers:
Julius Robson, Chairman Backhaul SIG & Member Release Steering Committee, Small Cell Forum

Glenn Parsons, Editor MEF 22.2, Standards Advisor, Ericsson

Rami Yaron, MEF Global Marketing Co-chair, VP of Strategy & Business Development, Telco Systems

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June 21, 2016
12:00 pm ET

Business Benefits of Becoming a MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional
This webinar will present findings from the first independent study to measure the value of MEF’s Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) certification program. Conducted by Vertical Systems Group, the research study was focused on gaining objective input directly from MEF-CECPs to analyze if and how certification actually impacts job performance, career advancement and company success in the Carrier Ethernet (CE) market.

The research study is based on responses from 330 MEF-CECPs from 38 countries worldwide who work for service providers, equipment vendors, software suppliers and other firms. Highlights of the findings include an effectiveness rating of 9 out of 10 for improvements in the typical CE sales process and even higher on order processing flow improvements.

In this webinar, two leading service providers with more than 450 MEF-CECPs in their organizations (Level 3 Communications & Charter Communications) will provide testimonials on the value of MEF-CECP certification and share the business benefits that can be reaped by having a highly skilled CE-focused professional work force.

Erin Dunne - Director of Research, Vertical Systems Group

John Morgan - Sr. Director, Global Sales Training & Performance, Level 3 Communications

Tammy Famularo - Sr. Network Sales Engineer, Charter Communications

Craig Easley - President, Carrier Ethernet Academy

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June 9, 2016
11:00 am ET

MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0: The Foundation to Agile, Assure &amp Orchestrated Third Network Services
This webinar for the CALA region will be presented in Spanish with supporting slides in English.

A significant transformation is taking place in data communications networks that is accelerating the ability to deliver on-demand services with unprecedented user control over interconnected networks. MEF refers to this transformation and the underlying network that deliver these services as the “Third Network.” The Third Network combines the on-demand agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0.

As the global defining standards development body for Carrier Ethernet for the past 15 years, MEF has accelerated the growth and adoption of CE services through its specifications, service definitions and information models that are agnostic to the underlying transport technology used to deliver them. MEF offers certification programs for CE services, network equipment and individuals.

Lifecycle service orchestration (LSO) is a key enabler to deliver Network as a Service as defined in MEF’s Third Network vision. The objective of the Third Network is to provide an on-demand cloud-centric experience with unprecedented levels of user control over the network’s capabilities. Such capabilities are orchestrated between physical and virtual service endpoints across multiple networks and technology domains.

This webinar will cover the work of the MEF that delivers on the Third Network vision and defines the complete service lifecycle requirements to deliver Network as a Service from ordering through service activation including supporting APIs.

Moderator:
Andres Madero - Director, Service Provider Architecture & BD, Infinera

Speakers:
Emerson Moura - Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco & MEF CALA Marketing Co-chair

Andres Ramos Acosta, Product Portfolio Manager, Internexa & MEF CALA Marketing Co-chair

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March 23, 2016
12:00 pm ET

Ethernet Interconnect Points – Paving the Way to Third Network Services
The connectivity services market has entered an “Era of Ethernet,” with a fundamental shift from TDM to Ethernet services. However, a lack of standardization for Service Providers and Operators interconnecting is hindering market growth to build dynamic services for the hyper-connected world. Several MEF-member Service Providers and Equipment Vendors have completed the first phase of a unique industry project to leverage existing MEF standards for Carrier Ethernet interconnections through its Ethernet Interconnect Points (EIP) project.

Through the EIP project, MEF is developing Ethernet Interconnect Point Implementation Guidelines that recommend how to effectively use standardized Ethernet Network to Network interfaces (ENNI). The initial guidelines focus on the most basic Ethernet E-Access configuration possible and will advance in complexity over time. The guidelines will help the industry rapidly scale and reduce complexity.

This webinar will explore key areas such as current market assessment, where the market is heading, technical expectations, operational obstacles that may be encountered, and the need for Operators to effectively manage the transition as the market moves to standardization. Service Providers who buy wholesale Ethernet services from Operators and interconnect their networks to create multi-network end-to-end retail Carrier Ethernet services should attend this webinar to be better informed to make decisions on their journey towards leveraging standardized interconnections.

Stan Hubbard, Director of Communications & Research, MEF Dan Blemings, Director of Ethernet Product Management, AT&T Tim Sheehan, Technical Manager, University of NH Interoperability Lab Jeff Brown, Director of Marketing & Product Management, Windstream

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February 25, 2016

New Dynamic & Assured Third Network Services Powered By LSO
The Carrier Ethernet market is evolving from static connectivity services toward dynamic network services that provide an on-demand, assured, and secure experience with user-directed control over network resources and cloud connectivity. To assess the impact of this transition, the MEF recently worked with Vertical Systems Group on a new study, Dynamic ‘Third Network’ Connectivity Services Enabled By LSO, SDN & NFV, that involved a global survey of service providers, technology vendors, and other industry professionals.

This webinar covers key findings from the survey and also includes additional insight gained from real-world service provider experiences in offering dynamic network services. Among other things, we explore:

  • How and when revenue-generating dynamic services will impact the market
  • The drivers, benefits, and challenges of deploying dynamic services
  • Available & planned dynamic capabilities that customers can control on their own networks, and
  • The role and relative importance that LSO, SDN & NFV will play alongside CE 2.0 in driving the market forward.

Moderator: Stan Hubbard, Director of Communications & Research, MEF

Guest Speakers:
Rosemary Cochran, Principal, Vertical Systems Group

Adam Saenger, Vice President - Global Product Management & Development, Level 3 Communications

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Sept 24, 2015

Global Market for Small Ethernet Access Operators – MEF Services Interconnect
The MEF Services Interconnect program is designed for Carrier Ethernet access Operators with annual revenues of up to US$50M that are, or plan to, sell E-Access and/or E-Transit services to Service Providers building retail Carrier Ethernet services.

Listen to this MEF Webinar for an overview of this valuable program and how it can enable your company to:

  • Raise its profile in the Carrier Ethernet industry
  • Gain insight into the latest MEF wholesale services activities
  • Achieve CE 2.0 certification
Daniel Bar-Lev, Director of Certification and Strategic Programs, MEF Thomas Mandeville, Director of Operations, Iometrix Play Recording
Sept 17, 2015

Service Activation Testing (SAT) Power Play
Building upon its services standardization and certification work, MEF has recently ratified an innovative suite of Service Activation Testing (SAT) technical specifications, enabling operators to quickly deploy and test CE 2.0 services globally.

The MEF Service Activation Testing Power Play provides a comprehensive set of management tools and standard test suites to automatically verify the performance and conformance of CE 2.0 services during service turn up and activation.

This webinar demystifies Service Activation Testing, describing how MEF-based SAT can improve customer satisfaction, by reducing the number of faulty turn ups, and accelerating the interconnection process between peer operators. It reveals the benefits for retail and wholesale Ethernet service deployments and analyze use cases where Service Providers are successfully improving their operations effectiveness, using CE 2.0 Service Activation Testing (MEF 48).

Moderator:
Bruno Giguère, Director of Product Marketing, MEF Isabelle Morency, Vice President of Engineering, Veryx Technologies Gregory Spear, Solution Manager, Accedian Networks Mario Bianchetti, Senior Program Manager, Telecom Italia Brendan Gunn, Group Manager - Product Management & Development, Verizon
Play Recording
August 27, 2015

Mastering the Paradigm Shift - New Professional Certification from the MEF
Today and in the future, Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 will support the automated provisioning of dynamic cloud-based services through NFV and SDN as outlined in MEF’s Third Network vision and Lifecycle Service Orchestration strategy. The MEF’s Professional Certification Program is evolving to keep pace with these rapid developments in our industry.

This webinar covered two key topics. It introduced the new MEF C3 Professional Certification program and covered the terminology and concepts of Service Architecture, Connectivity Services, Lifecycle Frameworks and Lifecycle Orchestration. In addition, it revealed why it is critical to fully understand how to deploy those CE service attributes necessary to support agile cloud services, which are covered in the current MEF-CECP exam.

Moderator:
Bruno Giguère,
Director, Product Marketing, MEF

Mark Fishburn,
Tech 2000

Lance Hassan,
Principal Engineer, Time Warner Cable

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June 16, 2015

Differentiating Your Wholesale Ethernet Services in a Changing Market
A growing number of service providers worldwide are offering Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certified services to retail customers and are seeking to buy CE 2.0 E-Access services from wholesale partners in order to deliver robust end-to-end solutions. CE 2.0 certified services represent the gold standard when it comes to assured, high-performance connectivity. Thus, wholesale service providers who provide CE 2.0 services are better able to differentiate themselves in a competitive market. CE 2.0 services also are the critical foundation for service innovation as the industry transitions towards more dynamic Third Network connectivity services enabled by LSO, SDN, and NFV.

This webinar covered:

  • The latest research and trends on the growing wholesale CE 2.0 Ethernet services market
  • How CE 2.0 E-Access certification (and in the future E-Transit certification) is becoming more important in the RFP process
  • MEF’s new Services Interconnect (MEF-SI) program that is enabling small wholesale access Operators worldwide to increase their revenue and market share.

Moderator:
Stan Hubbard, Director of Communications & Research, MEF

Speakers:
Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group

Bob Mandeville, President, Iometrix

Matthew Duckworth, Marketing Director, Verizon

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May 20, 2015

MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration – Enabling Third Network Services
Lifecycle service orchestration (LSO) is a key enabler to deliver Network as a Service as defined in the MEF’s Third Network vision. The objective of the Third Network is to provide an on-demand cloud-centric experience with unprecedented levels of user control over the network’s capabilities. Such capabilities are orchestrated between physical and virtual service endpoints across multiple networks and technology domains.

This webinar will discuss the MEF work to define the complete service lifecycle requirements to deliver Network as a Service from ordering through service activation including supporting APIs. We also will share highlights from a joint survey conducted by the MEF and the Rayno Report that (1) benchmarks where service providers are in terms of evolving data service portfolios toward more dynamic solutions and (2) sheds light on network operator views about how lifecycle service orchestration can be applied to overcome operational support system (OSS) challenges as they transition to SDN and NFV-enabled networks.

Scott Raynovich, Chief Analyst, Rayno Report

Marie Fiala Timlin, Director of Marketing, CENX

Ralph Santitoro, Director of Solutions Architecture, Fujitsu and MEF Distinguished Fellow

Stan Hubbard, Director of Communications & Research, MEF

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April 29, 2015

MEF Third Network Vision Based on Network as a Service Principles
A significant transformation is taking place in data communications networks that will accelerate the ability of network operators to deliver self-service, on-demand services over interconnected networks. This transformation has begun through the adoption of Carrier Ethernet - the predominant network connectivity service for enterprise networking, cloud computing, and backhaul of cell sites and broadband access services.

As the global defining body for Carrier Ethernet, the MEF has been the driver for the accelerated growth and adoption of Carrier Ethernet services through its standardized service types, such as E-Line and E-LAN, service definitions and the information models that are agnostic to the underlying transport technology used to deliver them.

This webinar describes the MEF vision for the evolution and transformation of network connectivity services and the networks used to deliver them. The MEF refers to this as the “Third Network” which combines the on-demand agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0).

Ralph Santitoro,
MEF Distinguished Fellow and Director of Solutions Architecture, Fujitsu

Rami Yaron,
VP of Strategy & Business Development, Telco Systems

John Hawkins,
Sr. Product Line Manager, Ciena

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Building Dynamic Third Network Services Powered By CE 2.0, LSO, SDN & NFV

Mexico City – March 16, 2016

Following the introduction of very successful seminars in 2015, we are excited to offer an expanded seminar program for 2016, with more cities, many new topical areas and content reflecting the significant evolution of the network services market experienced in 2015 and projected for 2016!


Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) provides a framework for the development, delivery, and certification of state-of-the-art standardized services. Industry-wide, we continue to see robust growth for the global Carrier Ethernet services market, which analysts estimate will exceed $50 billion in 2016. Major service providers are expanding CE 2.0 coverage, improving end-to-end capabilities and SLAs for both on and off-net constructed services. Numerous small to medium size providers are joining the community of standardized CE 2.0 access service providers.

Concurrently, we are witnessing exciting activities related to the multi-year transformation of the CE market from a pre-defined connectivity model toward a software-driven model in which Third Network services provides a dynamic, cloud-like experience with user-directed control over network resources. This transition begins with CE 2.0 certified services as the foundation upon which to build dynamic connectivity services powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV.

Internally at MEF and together with SDOs and Open Source partners, numerous new works are underway to achieve our Third Network goals. Many of these and other industry developments were recently debated and demonstrated at MEF's flagship GEN15 event, with 35 countries and 250+ organizations participating. The MEF Seminars 2016: Building Dynamic Third Network Services Powered By CE 2.0, LSO, SDN & NFV are regional micro-events that brings leading subject matter experts to locations around the globe to educate participants on industry trends and developments. Emphasis is on the preparation that service providers should consider to establish a solid CE 2.0 platform in support of new value-added innovations.

 

Agenda

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – 9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Session Title

Description

Speaker

9:00 Registration Opens
10:00 Opening Remarks Welcome, Objectives, and Agenda Overview Emerson Moura
Cisco Systems Engineer & MEF CALA Marketing Co-Chair
10:10 MEF Strategy and Market Trends
  • Overview of the work of the MEF including:
    • Carrier Ethernet 2.0 is the foundation for service innovation
    • LSO is the critical enabler of automated & virtualized networks built with SDN & NFV
    • Layer 3 IP & higher layer service definitions
    • Open source initiatives
    • Expanded certification program
  • Introduction to strategic MEF industry-wide activities
    • UNITE and the SDOs
    • Ethernet Interconnect Points
    • MEF Services Interconnect Program
    • MEF Certified Professionals
  • Overview of the global market for CE 2.0 services – trends, growth opportunities, globalization initiatives
Stan Hubbard
Director of Communications & Research, MEF
10:40 Multi-Operator Service Delivery: From Months to Minutes...

The MEF is focused on enabling dynamic network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world, providing businesses an on-demand, cloud-connected, secure, and assured experience.

This presentation will explain how LSO is the critical enabler of automated and virtualized networks built with SDN and NFV. Currently, Service Providers need LSO capabilities and supporting APIs to overcome the OSS and BSS obstacles that prevent them from realizing the full benefits of emerging SDN and NFV technologies. LSO encompasses all network domains that require coordinated inter-operator end-to-end management and control to deliver on-demand cloud connectivity services and to assure their overall quality and security as expressed in the Service Provider SLA.

Andrés Ramos
Product Portfolio Manager, Internexa & MEF CALA Marketing Co-Chair
11:10 MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Reference Architecture and Framework The LSO Reference Architecture and Framework defines the management and control layered reference architecture and the framework that characterizes the domains and management entities required to enable cooperative LSO capabilities for connectivity services. The framework also provides high level use cases describing orchestrated connectivity service behavior as well as interactions among management and control entities. The management and control reference points that characterize interactions between LSO management ecosystem components are identified in the framework. This session will provide the definition of LSO, its related information and APIs and how SDOs and Open Source projects are collaborating to make Third Network Services a reality. Emerson Moura
Cisco Systems Engineer & MEF CALA Marketing Co-Chair
11:40 Break – 15 mins
11:55 Capturing the Wholesale Ethernet Interconnect Market with CE 2.0 Services
  • CE 2.0 global deployment trends and services development initiatives
  • CE 2.0 as the platform for Third Network functionality and new developments
  • CE 2.0 service types, functionality and attributes - a quick overview
    • E-Transit and OVC Services - The Wholesale Ethernet game-changer
  • MEF Wholesale activities: Carrier Ethernet Service Lifecycle Process model with new specifications, implementation guides and certification programs
Gastón Cutignola
Senior Solution Engineer Latin America, Telco Systems
12:20 Interactive Discussion Panel This panel will discuss CE 2.0 services in the region and growth opportunities. This session will be an interactive discussion where the attendees will be polled and have the opportunity to pose questions to panelists Moderator:

Panelists:
Isaias Alegria
Director of Engineering and Operations, Marcatel Zacarias Alfonso Porras
Operations Manager, Izzi
13:00 Lunch
14:00 MEF Certification Update New developments in MEF professionals, services, and equipment certification programs Thomas Mandeville
Director of Operations, Iometrix
14:30 Third Network Use Cases
  • Third Network Proof of Concept (PoC) demonstrations
  • CE 2.0 and Third Network services for Cloud
  • 4G and 5G applications
  • Multi-provider Datacenter Interconnect
Bruno Giguère
Director, Product Marketing, MEF
14:55 Orchestrated Network Services with LSO, SDN, and NFV
  • Overview of LSO, SDN, NFV, and the Third Network
  • Using LSO, SDN and NFV to enhance Carrier Ethernet services
  • Inter Operator LSO: End-to-end connectivity for dynamic services
 
15:20 Interactive Discussion Panel - Multi-operator services Multi-operator services: The immediate market opportunities enabled by orchestration
This panel will discuss multi-operator services and the immediate market opportunities enabled by orchestration.  This session will be an interactive discussion where the attendees will be polled and have the opportunity to pose questions to panelists.
Moderator:
Stan Hubbard
Director of Communications & Research, MEF Panelists:
Andres Madero
VP Engineering & Business Development LATAM, Raisecom Bruno Tariant
Sales Director, Infovista Victor Manuel Perez
Engineering Director, Izzi
16:00 Closing Remarks and Questions Emerson Moura
Cisco Systems Engineer & MEF CALA Marketing Co-Chair
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Materials

Document

Spanish

English

MEF Third Network Vision White Paper
MEF Third Network Lifecycle Service Orchestration Vision White Paper
MEF Services Interconnect Program Brochure
Opening Remarks, presented by Emerson Moura
MEF Strategy and Market Trends, presented by Stan Hubbard
Multi-Operator Service Delivery: From Months to Minutes..., presented by Andrés Ramos
MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Reference Architecture and Framework, presented by Emerson Moura
Capturing the Wholesale Ethernet Interconnect Market with CE 2.0 Services, presented by Gastón Cutignola
Interactive Discussion Panel
MEF Certification Update, presented by Thomas Mandeville
Third Network Use Cases, presented by Bruno Giguère
Orchestrated Network Services with LSO, SDN, and NFV
Interactive Discussion Panel - Multi-operator services, moderated by Stan Hubbard
Closing Remarks and Questions, presented by Emerson Moura

Speakers

Isaias Alegria
Director of Engineering and Operations, Marcatel

Isaias Alegria was born in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, is an Engineer in Electronics and Communications, and has 18 years of experience in the telecommunications sector in Mexico. Since the telecommunications privatization in the country, he has participated in the deployment of transport voice and data networks in several private companies with an active and regular participation in the groups of public consultation for the definition of rules of interconnection and network architecture. Also he has participated in the definition of best operating practices for Marcatel telecommunications networks.

Prior to joining Marcatel in 2008, Isaias was Network Operations Center Manager at Axtel and worked at Alestra and Avantel as well.

Gastón Cutignola
Senior Sales Engineer, Telco Systems

Gastón Cutignola has over 20 years working with networking service providers in Latin America, with a strong expertise in the business and long-term strategic planning. Gastón has played a pivotal role in Telco Systems’ success by positioning products and services at the highest level with Tier 1 service providers within Latin America.

Prior to joining Telco Systems, Gastón was Product Manager at Telefonica Argentina and Sales Manager at Logicalis Latin America. He holds degrees in Business and Electronic Engineering, and is trained as a teacher at the University of San Andres.

Bruno Giguère
Product Marketing Director, MEF

Bruno Giguère is Director of Product Marketing at MEF. In this role, he is working with the different MEF committees, where he is instrumental in creating and coordinating the development of foundational content (technical and marketing presentations, white papers, web content and best practice guides etc.).

Bruno has held various technical and marketing positions in the Test and Monitoring industry, and prior to joining the MEF, with EXFO, a Test and Service Assurance company, where he was Sr. Advisor, CTO Office. He represented EXFO to many standard organizations including the MEF, OIF, ITU-T and Broadband Forum. From a MEF perspective, Bruno worked in the Technical Committee as editor of MEF 48 (SAT) and as co-chair of the Service Management Working Group in the Marketing Committee.  He was also the Canadian National Study Group Chairman for ITU-T Study Group 12 and was the editor for ITU-T Y.1564 (Service Activation Test Methodology). He has authored or co-authored numerous white papers, application notes, magazine articles and technology reference guides and presented in many technology seminars and webinars. Bruno holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the École de technologie supérieure in Montréal, Canada.

Stan Hubbard
Director of Communications & Research, MEF

Stan is a communications professional with nearly 18 years of experience in industry analysis, forecasting, strategic marketing, and event programming. In 2013, he joined the MEF, where he is directing program development for the GEN series events, managing industry analyst relations, and developing research and other initiatives to help accelerate CE adoption and LSO development. Prior to the MEF, Stan was a Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, where he focused on CE services and network equipment markets and SDN. He chaired ~20 major Light Reading CE events in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Before Heavy Reading, Stan was the director of market intelligence at Ciena.

Andres Madero
VP Engineering & Business Development – LATAM, Raisecom

Andres Madero joined Raisecom in 2009 and he serves as VP of Engineering & BD. In this role he is responsible for the strategic technical direction, regional product portfolio and sales engineering for Raisecom. He oversees the execution of product strategy as well as development, positioning and support for all product lines within the region. During his time in Raisecom, he became the founding father of “Raisecom University” which provides technical training and certification for Raisecom customers.

Andres has 10 years of industry experience in areas ranging from optical transmission, system architecture design, product development, network engineering and service-provider operations roles. Having worked for both network carriers and equipment vendors, he possess a unique perspective on the challenges faced by the industry. Mr. Madero holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Universidad del Norte, Colombia and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Phoenix, US.

Emerson Moura
Cisco Systems Engineer & MEF CALA Marketing Co-Chair

Emerson is a Distinguished Systems Engineer for Cisco in Latin America and is responsible for working with service providers on end-to-end, converged, multi-service network architectures. He has over 15 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry working with Optical Transport, IP/MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, IP+Optical convergence and more recently on SDN/NFV.

Emerson is also an active member of MEF where he's currently the Co-Chair for the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region.

He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has co-authored scientific papers have been presented at major industry conferences including MPLS & Ethernet World Congress and OFC/NFOEC.

He's graduated in Electrical Engineering by the FEI College of Industrial Engineering in Sao Paulo-Brazil and is certified as a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) and MEF Carrier Ethernet Professional CECP 2.0.

Andrés Ramos
Product Portfolio Manager, Internexa & MEF CALA Marketing Co-Chair

Andrés is the MEF Co-Chair for Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region where he is contributing to the MEF recognition and standards adoption in the Latin-American market. Current Product Portfolio Manager for INTERNEXA S.A. for data services over DWDM, SDH, MPLS and Carrier Ethernet Networks with over twelve years of experience in fixed and mobile networks. He is responsible for Planning, developing and launching data products for INTERNEXA´s customers around Latin-America.

He is an Electronic Engineer from Distrital University, a Telematics Specialist from Andes University in Bogota-Colombia and is a MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional.

Bruno Tariant
Sales Director, Infovista

Bruno Tariant is currently Sales Director for Strategic Accounts in Latin America for Infovista since 2014. Bruno Tariant has a large experience in positing OSS solutions for Mobile and Fixed Operators in Latin American region due to his previous positions at NetBoss Technologies, Arantech-Tektronix, IBM, ADC Metrica and Bull. In many cases from Mexico to Chile, he helped carriers to manage efficiently their networks through Performance Management, Fault Management and CEM tools. As French Citizen, he has started his career in France with Nortel Matra Celular and he owns a Computer Science Engineering Diploma from INSA Rennes.

Venue

Venue

NH Collection Mexico City Reforma
Liverpool, 155; Zona Rosa 06600
Mexico City – Mexico

Contact

For questions pertaining to this event please contact:

MEF Contact:

Ana Maciel
MEF
Manager, Marketing Programs & Member Support
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Dynamic Services for the Digital Economy and Hyper-connected World

The communications industry is transitioning to agile, assured, and orchestrated services that are optimized for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. These emerging services provide an on-demand experience with user-directed control over service capabilities and are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, NFV, CE 2.0 (Carrier Ethernet 2.0), and MEF 3.0.

Our seminars will focus on exciting MEF-led industry initiatives to build a global ecosystem of connected networks supporting orchestration of dynamic services across multiple providers and multiple technology domains within provider networks. MEF is working closely with many of the world’s leading service and technology providers, open source projects, and industry organizations to accelerate the creation of this global ecosystem, which will be enabled by standardized open LSO APIs that orchestrate standardized services.

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Who Should Attend

 

Organizations

  • Service providers
  • Wholesale operators
  • Mobile operators
  • Cloud service providers
  • Technology providers
  • OSS/BSS companies
  • SDOs
  • Enterprise companies

Professionals

  • Line of Business executives
  • Product management and marketing
  • Network and service engineers and architects
  • Carrier/Access management
  • Service operations

 

Agenda

Thank you for participating in the 2017 MEF Seminars!

Topics and Materials

 

Using a one-day format, MEF Seminars are regional micro-events that will bring leading subject matter experts to locations around the globe to educate participants on industry trends and developments. 

Seminar Topics include:

  • MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework:
    • Standardized, Orchestrated Services. The MEF 3.0 service family includes dynamic Carrier Ethernet, wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other virtualized services that will be orchestrated over programmable networks using LSO APIs.
    • Open LSO APIs. MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture guides agile development of standardized LSO APIs that enable orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains (e.g., Packet WAN, Optical Transport, SD-WAN, 5G, etc.).
    • Service and Technology Certifications. MEF 3.0 certification is delivered by MEF’s testing partner, Iometrix, using an advanced cloud-based virtualized test platform that empowers subscribing companies to certify that their services and technologies comply with the latest MEF 3.0 standards.
    • Expanded Community Collaboration. MEF is working with many of the world’s leading service and technology providers, open source projects, standards associations, and enterprises to realize a shared vision of dynamic services orchestrated across automated networks.

Pre and Post Conference Materials

All registrants will receive advance communications which include links to recommended preparatory materials such as white papers, videos and presentations. Attendees will have access to presentation materials for download at the completion of the conference.

Speakers

 

The Speakers: Meet The Experts

MEF is a community of thousands of subject matter experts and other professionals that cooperate to advance the development and deployment of advanced network services. Each seminar will be hosted by MEF leaders and other key contributors such as Committee chairs, specification, white paper editors and API development leaders.

Past

 

City

Date

Sponsors

About

Bogota, Colombia
The Bogotá Marriott
Av. El dorado # 69b - 53
Bogota, Colombia
October 10, 2017 Details
São Paulo, Brasil
Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Alameda Santos, 2233 Sao Paulo 01419-002 Brazil
September 27, 2017
Details
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City Marriott Reforma Hotel
Paseo de la Reforma 276
Col Juarez, Col Juarez, 06600
June 22, 2017 Details
Santiago, Chile
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Santiago
Avenida Vitacura 2727
Las Condes, Santiago
Chile
Tel: +56-2-25877000
September 27, 2016

Cisco
Details
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pestana Rio Atlântica
Avenida Atlântica, 2964
22070-000, Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro
September 22, 2016

Cisco
Details
Johannesburg, South Africa
Hilton Sandton
138 Rivonia Road
Sandton, 2196
South Africa
Tel: +27-11-322-1888
June 9, 2016
 Details
Nairobi, Kenya
Radisson Blu Hotel
Elgon Road
Upper Hill, Nairobi
00100 Kenya
Tel: +254 (0) 709 810 000
June 6, 2016
Details
London, United Kingdom
Hilton London Canary Wharf
South Quay, Marsh Wall
E14 9SH
London
United Kingdom
+44-203-002-2300
May 17, 2016



Details
Mexico City, Mexico
NH Collection Mexico City Reforma
Liverpool, 155; Zona Rosa 06600
March 16, 2016 Details
Beijing, China
Crowne Plaza Beijing Sun Palace
Yunnan Dasha, North - East Corner of Taiyanggong Bridge, Xibahe, North East 3rd Ring Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100028, China
April 13, 2016   Details

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Building Dynamic Third Network Services Powered By CE 2.0, LSO, SDN & NFV

Beijing – April 13, 2016

Following the introduction of very successful seminars in 2015, we are excited to offer an expanded seminar program for 2016, with more cities, many new topical areas and content reflecting the significant evolution of the network services market experienced in 2015 and projected for 2016!


Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) provides a framework for the development, delivery, and certification of state-of-the-art standardized services. Industry-wide, we continue to see robust growth for the global Carrier Ethernet services market, which analysts estimate will exceed $50 billion in 2016. Major service providers are expanding CE 2.0 coverage, improving end-to-end capabilities and SLAs for both on and off-net constructed services. Numerous small to medium size providers are joining the community of standardized CE 2.0 access service providers.

Concurrently, we are witnessing exciting activities related to the multi-year transformation of the CE market from a pre-defined connectivity model toward a software-driven model in which Third Network services provides a dynamic, cloud-like experience with user-directed control over network resources. This transition begins with CE 2.0 certified services as the foundation upon which to build dynamic connectivity services powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV.

Internally at MEF and together with SDOs and Open Source partners, numerous new works are underway to achieve our Third Network goals. Many of these and other industry developments were recently debated and demonstrated at MEF's flagship GEN15 event, with 35 countries and 250+ organizations participating. The MEF Seminars 2016: Building Dynamic Third Network Services Powered By CE 2.0, LSO, SDN & NFV are regional micro-events that brings leading subject matter experts to locations around the globe to educate participants on industry trends and developments. Emphasis is on the preparation that service providers should consider to establish a solid CE 2.0 platform in support of new value-added innovations.

 

Agenda

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Session Title

Description

Speaker

9:00 Registration Opens
10:00 Opening Remarks Welcome, Objectives, and Agenda Overview  
10:10 MEF Strategy and Market Trends
  • Overview of the work of the MEF including:
    • LSO Reference Model and the Third Network Vision and Strategy
    • Standardization of Service Lifecycles
    • New service architecture developments
    • New Carrier Ethernet services and certifications
  • Introduction to strategic MEF industry-wide activities
    • UNITE and the SDOs
    • Ethernet Interconnect Points
    • MEF Services Interconnect Program
    • MEF Certified Professionals
  • Overview of the global market for CE 2.0 services - trends, growth opportunities, globalization initiatives
 
10:40 Introduction to MEF's Third Network Vision An overview of the MEF’s Third Network Vision and why network operators are embracing LSO to enable the delivery of dynamic services over more automated, interconnected networks. Drawing upon survey feedback from service providers and third party industry research, we will benchmark the state of service providers in terms of their strategies and plans for evolving data service portfolios toward more dynamic solutions and explore the key challenges they face in realizing their goals. We will explain how LSO can be applied to overcome operational support system (OSS) challenges and open up new revenue opportunities as they transition to SDN/NFV-enabled network.  
11:10 MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Reference Architecture and Framework The LSO Reference Architecture and Framework defines the management and control layered reference architecture and the framework that characterizes the domains and management entities required to enable cooperative LSO capabilities for connectivity services. The framework also provides high level use cases describing orchestrated connectivity service behavior as well as interactions among management and control entities. The management and control reference points that characterize interactions between LSO management ecosystem components are identified in the framework. This session will provide the definition of LSO, its related information and APIs and how SDOs and Open Source projects are collaborating to make Third Network Services a reality.  
11:40 Break – 15 mins
11:55 Capturing the Wholesale Ethernet Interconnect Market with CE 2.0 Services
  • CE 2.0 global deployment trends and services development initiatives
  • CE 2.0 as the platform for Third Network functionality and new developments
  • CE 2.0 service types, functionality and attributes - a quick overview
    • E-Transit and OVC Services - The Wholesale Ethernet game-changer
  • MEF Wholesale activities: Carrier Ethernet Service Lifecycle Process model with new specifications, implementation guides and certification programs
 
12:20 Interactive Discussion Panel This panel will discuss CE 2.0 services in the region and growth opportunities. This session will be an interactive discussion where the attendees will be polled and have the opportunity to pose questions to panelists  
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Third Network Use Cases
  • Third Network Proof of Concept (PoC) demonstrations
  • CE 2.0 and Third Network services for Cloud
  • 4G and 5G applications
  • Multi-provider Datacenter Interconnect
 
14:30 Orchestrated Network Services with LSO, SDN, and NFV
  • Overview of LSO, SDN, NFV, and the Third Network
  • Using LSO, SDN and NFV to enhance Carrier Ethernet services
  • Inter Operator LSO: End-to-end connectivity for dynamic services
 
15:00 Interactive Discussion Panel - Multi-operator services Multi-operator services: The immediate market opportunities enabled by orchestration
This panel will discuss multi-operator services and the immediate market opportunities enabled by orchestration.  This session will be an interactive discussion where the attendees will be polled and have the opportunity to pose questions to panelists.
 
15:40 MEF Certification Update New MEF certification programs for professionals, services and equipment  
16:00 Closing Remarks and Questions
  Close

Materials

Document

Download

MEF Third Network Vision White Paper
MEF Third Network Lifecycle Service Orchestration Vision White Paper
MEF Services Interconnect Program Brochure

Speakers

Additional Speaker Information Coming Soon

Kevin Vachon
Chief Operating Officer, MEF

Appointed as MEF COO in 2006, Kevin leads a team that build, support and scale the MEF’s ever-increasing mix of global programs activities. With a key objective of globalizing Carrier Ethernet and MEF standards, Kevin directs efforts to expand CE awareness, membership and program activities particularly into emerging markets. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, a senior MEF representative to the press and analyst community and oversees MEF liaison relationships with other associations and standards organizations.

During his tenure, membership has tripled to over 215 companies, representing 43 countries, with Service Provider membership increasing eight fold. New member committees have been formed and MEF’s Marketing, Certification programs have been substantially expanded.

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.

Venue

Venue

Crowne Plaza Beijing Sun Palace
No.12 Qisheng Middle Street North East 3
Ring Road Yunnan Dasha Chaoyang
District Beijing
Beijing 100028
China

Contact

For questions pertaining to this event please contact:

MEF Contact:

Lori Vachon
MEF
Director, Global Events & Member Support
+1 919 322 0200
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