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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).

Testimonials

Currently entering its 4 year, the CE 2.0 Equipment Certification Program has been adopted by over 40 market-leading equipment manufacturers to demonstrate that their products can deliver Carrier Ethernet E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree and E-Access services compliant with all required MEF specifications.

The following testimonials from CE 2.0 equipment manufacturers speak about the benefits for equipment manufacturers , and their service provider customers, derived from having CE 2.0 equipment certification.

Testimonials

Currently entering its 4 year, the CE 2.0 Services Certification Program has been adopted by over 40 market-leading service providers around the globe to demonstrate that their E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree and E-Access services comply with all required MEF specifications.

The following testimonials from CE 2.0 service providers speak about the benefits for service providers, and their customers, derived from having CE 2.0 services certification.

CE 2.0 MEF CertifiedThe MEF Certification Program enables network equipment manufacturers to certify that their Carrier Ethernet products comply with the relevant MEF specifications.

The program has been a significant contribution to the successful worldwide deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide with around 500 certified products from more 75 equipment manufacturers deployed by more than 70 service providers.

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

Available CE 2.0 Certifications

  • E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree and E-Access
    CE 2.0 certification of network equipment is designed to show that the equipment is able to support the delivery of CE 2.0 services compliant with MEF specifications when used at the UNI and/or ENNI of the service. CE 2.0 equipment certification was introduced in 2012 and the program has already resulted in a wide range of CE 2.0 certified equipment being available to service providers and operators for use in all typical Carrier Ethernet service infrastructures and applications.
  • 100G E-Line and E-Access
    CE 2.0 equipment certification is now available for equipment running Carrier Ethernet E-Line and E-Access services at 100G speeds.

Benefits of Certification

For Network Equipment Manufacturers (NEMs)
  • Meets Service Provider demand for CE 2.0 Certified compliant products
  • Accelerates deployment by creating a standardized, trusted baseline for referencing in service providers RFPs
  • The 634 test cases replace many months or even years of test development
  • CE 2.0 builds on the established pedigree of CE 1.0 certification to speed sales cycle and equipment acceptance times
  • Creates proper recognition, differentiation for companies offering advanced CE 2.0 products
For NEMs Service Provider Customers
  • Greatly accelerates time-to business for CE Services
  • Dramatically reduces time to qualify new products by delivering a reliable baseline ready for use in CE 2.0 services

 

 

 

Certification Blueprint

Technnical Foundation

CE 2.0 equipment 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 equipment manufacturer and the third party approved test lab.

  • Any equipment manufacturer with a Carrier Ethernet product can apply for certification of its products - 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.
  • A equipment manufacturer can certify one or more Carrier Ethernet service types. It is not required to certify for all four service types (E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree and E-Access)

CE 2.0 certification is carried out by the MEF-approved test lab - Iometrix. Candidate CE 2.0 equipment manufacturers are invited to contact Iometrix directly to initiate the following process:-

  • Qualification: equipment manufacturers conduct a detailed review of the candidate equipment for certification by telephone and email with Iometrix. A thorough and effective Qualification phase enables the minimization of effort required by equipment manufacturer for the subsequent Configuration phase.
  • Configuration: Once the Qualification phase is complete, the equipment manufacturer 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 equipment manufacturer for the Testing phase.
  • Testing: The third and final phase is the Testing phase. The Network Equipment Manufacturer sends the product accompanied by suitably trained staff to the Iometrix test lab in South San Francisco. Testing continues until certification is achieved.

When a CE 2.0 product certification is successfully achieved for the first time, the equipment manufacturer is subsequently referred to as a CE 2.0 equipment manufacturer and is provided with a customizable CE 2.0 Network Equipment Manufacturer 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 equipment manufacturers and their CE 2.0 products are entered into the MEF Certification Registry.

 

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Technology 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 Service Providers and their Certified Services and MEF Certified Network Equipment Manufacturers and their equipment (this page).

Equipment Certification Registry

This is the authoritative listing of CE 2.0 certifications and CE 1.0 (MEF 9 and MEF14) obtained by Carrier Ethernet Network Equipment Manufacturers.
  • Use the fields at the top of the table to filter the results by company, region, and/or certification type (CE 2.0 and CE 1.0)
  • 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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