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MEF 3.0 services empower users with the dynamic performance, assurance, and security required to thrive in the digital economy.

MEF 3.0 Services Redefine Innovation

MEF 3.0 drives continuous development of the world's most advanced network services based on global standards.

MEF 3.0 services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. They are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV.

The planned MEF 3.0 service family includes dynamic Carrier Ethernet, SD-WAN, Optical Transport, IP, Security-as-a-Service, and other virtualized services that will be orchestrated over programmable networks using LSO APIs. MEF has advanced standardization work across each major type of connectivity service.

MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet

MEF 3.0 CE is the third generation of MEF-defined Carrier Ethernet services, incorporating dozens of published standards. MEF 3.0 CE orchestration-ready services provide the highest level of performance, assurance, and agility available in the $50+ billion global CE services market. The MEF 3.0 CE service portfolio includes a set of subscriber services (E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree) and a set of operator services (Access E-Line, Access E-LAN, Transit E-Line, and Transit E-LAN). Multiple service providers already have received MEF 3.0 CE certification. 

MEF 3.0 SD-WAN

MEF is on track to ratify and publicly release its MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Service Attributes and Service Definition standard in Q1 2019. SD-WAN service standardization, for the first time in the industry, will enable ecosystem stakeholders to use the same terminology when buying, selling, assessing, deploying, and delivering SD-WAN services. The SD-WAN service definition is a foundational step for accelerating sales, market adoption, and certification of MEF 3.0 SD-WAN services orchestrated across automated networks.

MEF 3.0 Services Roadmap

MEF 3.0 Optical Transport

In 2018, MEF published its first Optical Transport Services specification (MEF 63) for subscriber services that support Ethernet and Fibre Channel client protocols as well as SONET/SDH client protocols for legacy WAN services. MEF is working towards the release of a companion Optical Transport Services standard for operator services in 2019 that will enable simplified, faster interconnection between operators and service providers. 

MEF 3.0 IP

In 2018, MEF published the Subscriber IP Service Attributes Technical Specification (MEF 61) as the first in a planned series of standards on the road to IP services orchestrated across multiple providers. Among the current active projects, MEF is in the process of updating the IP Service Attributes standard to include operator IP services.


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