How MEF Started
Shortly after Y2K, a group of smart, passionate, dedicated people—some partners; some suppliers; some competitors—came together to solve an industry problem: a rapidly expanding application of a LAN technology called ‘Ethernet,’ in the WAN. A technology that was being sold as a service with no ability for the subscriber to compare offerings and select what best fit their needs. Lack of common terminology, service attributes, and definitions made off-net connectivity a bespoke, case-by-case partnering exercise. These problems delayed implementation and business.
But, together, this group of people transformed this great technology into a viable, business-class, implementation-agnostic connectivity service standard. Accelerated by the integrity of industry certification, it empowered service providers to deliver standards-based, assured, high-speed, lower cost connectivity services that easily spanned multiple provider domains. That service was Carrier Ethernet; these people formed MEF and created the globally-adopted Carrier Ethernet Standards.
Then, came the digital transformation…. MEF quickly and resolutely broadened our scope to address the modern enterprise’s need for more agile, dynamic and automated connectivity services, digital services and beyond. Be In the Industry. Engage with MEF.