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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 Services Interconnect ProgramMEF's new Services Interconnect Program is designed to help small wholesale Carrier Ethernet Operators increase their market share of the rapidly growing wholesale Ethernet services market while reducing the time to bring new services to market.

 

The program is available to small wholesale Operators that offer Carrier Ethernet E-Access and/or E-Transit services and have annual revenue of US$50 million or less. Key features of the program include operators being able to obtain MEF services certification, without becoming a MEF member, and gaining access to MEF marketing platforms, tools and training.

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MEF Services Interconnect Program Participants
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“We are very pleased to be the first Canadian wholesale Carrier Ethernet Operator to participate in this new MEF program. It allows us to demonstrate to our major customers our commitment to offering standards-defined wholesale services and to streamline interconnection with us to deliver end-to-end Carrier Ethernet connectivity for locations across the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia region.“

Eric Morin, CTO, F6 Networks

 

Program Benefits

MEF Certification

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Program participants can have their E-Access and E-Transit services certified with a cost effective model optimized for small wholesale Operators without becoming a MEF member. MEF certification strengthens an Operator's brand and demonstrates compliance with Ethernet standards, an important consideration for wholesale customer RFPs and ongoing customer quality requirements. CE 2.0 certified services have the same high branding value for all service providers, regardless of size or location. After certifying services, wholesale Operators and their certified services are included in the highly visible MEF Certification Registry.

Certification Requirements & Pricing

CE 2.0 certified equipment must be in use at the external interfaces of those E-Access and/ or E-Transit service(s) to be certified.

A MEF Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) must be the point of contact during the certification process and specifically at the time of testing. Certification fees are additional to the MEF Services Interconnect program fees. Certification pricing starts at US$5,000 for program participants. Detailed pricing information can be provided by Iometrix testing lab. All commercial engagements are directly between the certifying company and Iometrix. Contact Iometrix at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note: The certification testing of E-Access services offered by Operators that are certifying within the framework of the MEF Services Interconnect program is the same as the certification testing of E-Access services for Service Providers certifying within the framework of MEF membership.

Inclusion in MEF Services Directory

MEF's Services Directory offers greater visibility for your Carrier Ethernet services among existing and prospective service provider customers. This directory contains detailed information about your wholesale Carrier Ethernet services. As part of the MEF's public site, the directory provides a highly visible profile for small Operators to their existing and potential service provider customers.

Industry Recognized MEF Program Logo

Program participants can use the exclusive MEF Services Interconnect Program logo on all of their marketing collateral to increase market awareness of their Ethernet wholesale services. This unique logo strengthens their brand by among existing and potential service provider customers.

Exclusive Program Content and Educational Activities

Program participants have exclusive access to the latest technical, operations and lifecycle services orchestration (LSO) work of the MEF membership in the area of wholesale Carrier Ethernet services. This information, which is generally restricted to MEF members, provides valuable intelligence to guide business and technical decisions.

Services Interconnect Program Wiki and Webinars

The MEF provides program participants unlimited corporate access to a Services Interconnect “wiki”, a valuable repository for materials, events and other program information. Additionally, periodic educational webinars will be held as industry developments arise. Access to the wiki and webinars provides a unique way to stay ahead of your competition by gaining valuable insight into the work of the MEF.

 

MEF 3.0 Services & Technology

MEF 3.0

MEF 3.0 is a transformational framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. (new) The accompanying MEF 3.0 Certification Program for technology and service providers, provides the ability to certify not only compliance to service functionality and performance, but also LSO Open API functionality.

MEF 3.0 Certification

The MEF 3.0 certification program provides service providers and technology providers with the ability to certify their services and technologies comply with latest MEF 3.0 services and API standards. The relevant standards for MEF 3.0 certification are described in the MEF 3.0 Certification Blueprint (link here). API information will be added in subsequent releases as the APIs and accompanying specifications become available.


CE 2.0 Services Certification

CE 2.0 MEF Certified

The MEF 3.0 Services Certification Program enables service providers to certify that their connectivity services comply with the relevant MEF specifications. Click to learn more about the new MEF 3.0 Certification Program. Click here for details

CE 2.0 Technology Certification

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The MEF 3.0 Certification Program enables network equipment manufacturers to certify that their products comply with the relevant MEF specifications. Click to learn more about the new MEF 3.0 Certification Program.  Click here for details

MEF Professional Certifications

MEF Certifications

MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional

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MEF's Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) certification identifies the industry's leading Carrier Ethernet professionals. The MEF-CECP validates knowledge, skills and abilities in Carrier Ethernet service specifications and definitions. Click here for details

MEF Network Foundations Certified Professional

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MEF's Network Foundations Certified Professional (MEF-NF) certification validates conceptual knowledge of modern networking domains including SDN, NFV, Carrier Ethernet/Connectivity Services, and their combined implementations and use cases. Click here for details


Framework & Training

MEF Accredited Training Provider (MEF-ATP)

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MEF's Accredited Training Providers (MEF-ATP) are uniquely validated by MEF to deliver training in preparation to take the MEF Certified Professional certification exams. Click here for details

MEF Accredited Curriculum (MEF-AC)

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MEF Accredited Curriculum (MEF-AC) meets the demanding standards that training providers need to deliver quality learning experiences.  Details forthcoming.


Public Resources

MEF Certification Registry

The MEF Certification Registry is a unique MEF-sourced listing of those companies that have achieved certification of CE 1.0 and/or CE 2.0 compliance of their services and products.

The Registry provides the names of the services and products and the ID number of the Test Report that can be requested from the certified companyshowing the technical details of the tests.

The MEF Certification Registry is accessed in two separate listings for MEF Certified Service Providers and MEF Certified Network Equipment Manufacturers:

CE 2.0 MEF CertifiedThe MEF Certification Program enables service providers to certify that their Carrier Ethernet services comply with the relevant MEF specifications.

The program has been a significant contribution to the successful worldwide deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide with more than 200 certified service products deployed by more than 70 service providers using around 500 certified products from 80 equipment manufacturers.

Details of all current service certifications and providers are available in the MEF Certification Registry.

Available CE 2.0 Certifications

  • E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree, E-Access and E-Transit
    Introduced in 2012, CE 2.0 certification represents a significant test of functionality and is driven by the rapidly growing market demand for CE 2.0 services. The CE 2.0 certification testing is the result of rigorous testing by a third party MEF-approved test lab using 634 test cases derived from the MEF specifications. CE 2.0 certification testing replaces many months, or even years, of expert internal test development for the 5 CE 2.0 service types – E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree, E-Access and E-Transit.

Impact of Services Certification

For Retail Service Providers
  • Brings CE 2.0 benefits to market much faster with higher quality and at lower cost
  • Accelerates deployment by creating a standardized, trusted baseline
  • The 634 test cases replace many months or even years of test development
  • CE 2.0 in RFPs prequalifies and speeds vendor selection
  • Creates proper recognition, differentiation for companies offering advanced CE 2.0 services and products
For Wholesale Carrier Ethernet Operators of E-Access and E-Transit
  • Greatly accelerates time-to business
  • Fast track to joining the Carrier Ethernet community and realizing profitable new revenue from existing footprint
For Business Customers
  • Reduces implementation risk and speeds procurement

 

 

Certification Blueprint
Technical Foundation

CE 2.0 services certification was defined and approved by the MEF member companies over a period of several years, and the MEF Board of Directors is responsible for approving the third party test lab (Iometrix) to carry out CE 2.0 certification and testing. The MEF Certification Committee develops and promotes the MEF Certification program strategy. However, the MEF is not party to the commercial or testing aspects of the testing which are agreed directly between the service provider and the third party approved test lab.

  • Any service provider with a Carrier Ethernet service can apply for certification of its service - providing it is a MEF member at the time of the actual certification testing.
  • Technical information on MEF compliance requirements are contained in the CE 2.0 Certification Blueprint. It is not mandatory to use CE 2.0 certified network equipment for the CE 2.0 certified service - however it is strongly recommended by the MEF in order to maximize the efficiency of the process of certifying the CE 2.0 service.
  • A service provider can certify one or more Carrier Ethernet service types. It is not required to certify for all five service types (E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree, E-Access and E-Transit)

CE 2.0 certification is carried out by the MEF-approved test lab - Iometrix. Candidate CE 2.0 service providers are invited to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Iometrix directly to initiate the following process:

  • Qualification: Service providers conduct a detailed review of the candidate services for certification by telephone and email with Iometrix. A thorough and effective Qualification phase enables the minimization of effort required by service provider for the subsequent Configuration phase.
  • Configuration: Once the Qualification phase is complete, the service provider configures its service according to recommendations by Iometrix in order to prepare the service for live testing. Again, an effective Configuration phase minimizes the time and effort required by the service provider for the Testing phase.
  • Testing: The third and final phase is the Testing phase. Iometrix provides two or more network probes to the service provider which are then attached by the service provider in pre-defined locations to enable remote testing by Iometrix of the service to be certified.

When a CE 2.0 service certification is successfully achieved for the first time, the service provider is subsequently referred to as a CE 2.0 Service Provider and is provided with a customizable CE 2.0 Service Provider Marketing Kit which includes:- a CE 2.0 certificate; CE 2.0 Test Report; customizable presentations and a comprehensive CE 2.0 Press Kit. CE 2.0 Service Providers and their CE 2.0 services are entered into the MEF Certification Registry.

 

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Services Certification Registry

The MEF Certification Registry is the only authoritative listing of those companies that have achieved certification of CE 2.0 and/or CE 1.0 compliance of their services and products.

The Registry provides the names of the services and products and the ID number of the Test Report that can be requested from the certified company showing the technical details of the tests.

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Note that the MEF guarantees to list CE 2.0 and CE 1.0 companies that are currently MEF members. Certified companies that are no longer MEF members may have been acquired, merged or otherwise, and therefore might no longer be accessible. Therefore those companies may not appear in the Registry.

Note also that as of March 31st, 2015, CE 1.0 certification testing was phased out, and now only CE 2.0 certification testing is available. However, all existing CE 1.0 certifications remain valid subject to the standard MEF certification policies. Questions may be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 
 

The MEF Certification Registry is accessed in two separate listings for MEF Certified Network Equipment Manufacturers and their equipment and MEF Certified Service Providers and their Certified Services (this page).

Services Certification Registry

This is the authoritative listing of CE 1.0 (MEF 9 and MEF14) and CE 2.0 certifications obtained by Carrier Ethernet service providers.
  • Use the fields at the top of the table to filter the results by company, region, country and/or certification type (CE 1.0 and CE 2.0)
  • Click on any of the logos to access detailed information on all of the MEF certifications held by any given company
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