MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Program

Accelerating industry transformation through practical collaboration on MEF 3.0-inspired projects

Making MEF 3.0 a Reality

A hallmark of industry innovation, the MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept (PoC) Program provides the seeds of new, collaborative work within MEF, as well as validates the real-world use cases behind MEF standards and the broader industry.

Within the program, MEF member service providers and technology suppliers collaborate to demonstrate MEF 3.0-based use cases that validate, evolve, and inspire the work of MEF—using principles of our MEF 3.0 Global Services Framework—including standard, orchestrated services, automated within and between providers with LSO APIs, and substantiated by rigorous certification processes.

The resulting MEF 3.0 Proofs of Concept offer groundbreaking demonstrations of emerging services and technologies such as SASE, SD-WAN, Zero Trust, inter-provider and intra-provider service automation with LSO APIs, DLT/Blockchain, AI/ML, security, intent-based networking, IP, Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport and satellite services, 5G, network slicing, IoT, multi-edge cloud, service assurance, and other trending topic areas that further our industry’s vision, embodied in MEF’s membership.

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MEF 3.0 PoC (106) On-Demand

Remote Employee Access to Cloud

Enabling SASE services using Lean NFV and SD-WAN for access to multi-cloud.

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Winner: Business Impact

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MEF 3.0 PoC (130)

Telecom Billing Using DLT

Developing an operational platform to streamline billing and settlement between service providers.

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MEF 3.0 PoC (131) On-Demand

Orchestrated Multi-Edge Clouds

On-demand enterprise services orchestrated across public and private edge clouds.

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Winner: Market Game Changer

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MEF 3.0 PoC (132) On-Demand

Revolutionizing Live Events

Enabling customized, immersive live video content over optimized network slices.

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Winner: Judge’s Choice

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MEF 3.0 PoC (133) On-Demand

SD-WAN and 5G with Network Slicing

Cashier-less automated check-out and smart workload placement across the Edge.

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Winner: Edge for Vertical

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MEF 3.0 PoC (135) On-Demand

The Ubiquitous Edge

Enabling the user to connect securely from anywhere and with any end point.

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MEF 3.0 PoC (136) On-Demand

Application-Optimized SD-WAN

Automated integration of Kubernetes-hosted applications using Cloud Native SD-WAN.

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MEF 3.0 PoC (137)

Partner Onboarding and Interop

Streamlining onboarding of LSO Sonata-conformant operator partners.

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MEF 3.0 PoC (138) On-Demand

E2E Slicing for Extreme Services

Enabling extreme services using LSO orchestration of multi-layer and 5GC slices.

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Winner: Innovation

MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Showcase Awards

MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Awards recognize the standouts of industry innovation. Below are the awards which recognize leadership and innovation for the Q1 2021 showcase, based on judging by industry-leading analysts.

Innovation Award: E2E Slicing for Extreme Services (PoC 138)
Business Impact Award: Remote Employee Access to Cloud (PoC 106)
Market Game Changer Award: Orchestrated Multi-Edge Clouds (PoC 131)
Edge for Vertical Award: SD-WAN & 5G with Network Slicing (PoC 133)
Judge’s Choice Award: Revolutionizing Live Events (PoC 132)


For the most innovative use of MEF standards, LSO API releases and other artifacts—published or in development.

Business Impact

For the most significant potential impact on the service provider’s business.

Market Game Changer

For the largest potential impact on the service provider’s market, such as enabling a new market or use case.

Judge's Choice

For the best presented PoC, both in the showcase itself and its digital presence before and after.

Edge for Vertical

Recognizing the clearest demonstration of the use of the Edge for a specific vertical industry.

Award Judges

The MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase was judged by the following industry-leading analysts.

Greg Bryan

Senior Manager, Enterprise Research

Greg Bryan

Roy Chua

Founder and Principal

Avid Think
Roy Chua

Rosemary Cochran

Principal Analyst & Co-Founder

Vertical Systems Group
Rosemary Cochran

Erin Dunne

Director of Research

Vertical Systems Group
Erin Dunne
Charlie Reed

Rob Schult

Research Director

Rob Shult

Shin Umeda

Vice President

Dell Oro Group

Brian Washburn

Research Director

Brian Washburn

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Participating in a MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept creates the opportunity for practical collaboration with fellow members and community participants, through compelling industry use cases, based on the latest MEF member innovations. Apply to the PoC program on the MEF Member Wiki.

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