MEF is the driving force enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world.
We spotlight new, hot items of interest related to MEF 3.0, Lifecycle Services Orchestration (LSO), and work taking place on Open Initiatives.
The MEF Technical & Operations Committee has published 55 technical specifications and implementation agreements to effect standardization, interoperability and accelerate...
The MEF's Professional Certification program identifies the industry's leading professionals and showcases expertise and excellence in technological knowledge and ...
The MEF Services Certification Program enables service providers to certify that their Carrier Ethernet services comply with the highest industry standards
The MEF Equipment Certification Program enables network equipment manufacturers to certify that their Carrier Ethernet products comply with the relevant MEF specifications...
MEF hosts webinars on a variety of topics related to its Third Network vision, LSO, SDN and NFV.
Our Seminars focus on exciting MEF-led industry initiatives to build a global ecosystem of connected networks supporting orchestration of dynamic services ...
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
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.Read more →
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).Download the PDF →
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.Read more →
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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
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
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’s Third Network Vision has been warmly received and expanded upon since MEF originally introduced the concept in 2014. In November 2016, MEF released a groundbreaking new white paper - “An Industry Initiative For Third Generation Network and Services“ – co-authored by ON.Lab, ONOS, OPEN-O, OpenDaylight (ODL), the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), and TM Forum. The white paper incorporates broader industry perspectives to update the Third Network Vision for the evolution and transformation of network connectivity services and the networks used to deliver them.
Agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services are optimized for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. These services provide an on-demand experience with user-directed control over service capabilities and cloud connectivity. Third Network services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE 2.0.
The white paper (1) explores business drivers for Third Network transformation, (2) describes key attributes of the Third Network, (3) explains the LSO-based framework for coordinating all of the moving parts to create Third Network services, and (4) spotlights major work areas that require industry collaboration to ensure orchestrated services operate reliably across multi-operator networks.
White paper co-authors have agreed to work together on developing generalized information models, standardized service definitions, comprehensive LSO functionality, standardized open APIs, certification programs for orchestrated services and professionals, and reference implementations for Third Network services and technologies.
Nan Chen, President, MEF
“This white paper represents a noteworthy milestone in uniting open source projects and standards organizations to deliver a common vision for Third Network services. We want to thank our partners in this collaborative effort. I am really excited about the impact that this will have in moving the industry forward.”
Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF and lead author of the white paper
“Getting so many important industry players aligned on a shared vision is especially important for developing standardized open APIs that will enable orchestration of inter-provider services. Close collaboration will help us realize specifications in code more quickly, test things out in reference implementations, and provide rapid feedback for further spec development.”
Guru Parulkar, Executive Director of ONF and ON.Lab
“ON.Lab and ONF are pleased to collaborate with MEF on its Third Network. ON.Lab and ONF remain committed to building open source SDN and NFV platforms and solutions such as ONOS and CORD, and developing software-defined standards that help accelerate the adoption of SDN and NFV by network operators. We plan to offer ONOS and CORD as open reference platforms for MEF’s Third Network and help realize this vision.”
Marc Cohn, Executive Director of the OPEN-O Project
"OPEN-O is well-aligned with MEF on the need to blend SDN/legacy connectivity services orchestration with NFV MANO into an end-to-end orchestration strategy. We look forward to collaborating with MEF to adopt open source platforms to realize the LSO vision."
Neela Jacques, Executive Director of the OpenDaylight Project
“OpenDaylight is pleased to support MEF as they bring together operators, vendors, and open source projects to ensure end-to-end interoperability and performance as we re-invent the modern network. We look forward to our continued collaboration to create the Third Network and transform network connectivity services."
Kenneth Dilbeck, VP Collaboration and R&D, TM Forum
“TM Forum is happy to support and participate in multi-SDO efforts like this. TM Forum has recognized for many years that no one SDO or open group will be able to address the complexities emerging in the Digital Economy. We think it is key that efforts like this drive us toward shared ideas and goals and remove unnecessary divergence in the industry.”
Heather Kirksey, Director, OPNFV
"Collaboration across the ecosystem is key to realizing a shared vision of the 'Third Network' of agile, ubiquitous and secure network connectivity services. Open and rapid development across open source organizations and standards bodies is crucial to enabling technologies such as NFV, SDN and LSO and driving network transformation."
Resources For Evolving To Third Network Services
MEF has published a series of white papers to help CE service providers make a smooth transition to Third Network services that are orchestrated and assured over combined physical and virtual networks. These include:
- Third Network Vision White Paper (Nov 2016)
- Understand MEF’s Service Activation Testing (SAT) Power Play (Nov 2016)
- Understanding Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance Part I (Sep 2016)
- Understanding Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance Part II (Sep 2016)
- Carrier Ethernet and NFV (Jul 2016)
Third Network Events
A full list of upcoming events where you can find out more about the Third Network will be available shortly.
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