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Building Dynamic Third Network Services Powered By CE 2.0, LSO, SDN & NFV


Nairobi – June 6, 2016

Following the introduction of very successful seminars in 2015, we are excited to offer an expanded seminar program for 2016, with more cities, many new topical areas and content reflecting the significant evolution of the network services market experienced in 2015 and projected for 2016!

Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) provides a framework for the development, delivery, and certification of state-of-the-art standardized services. Industry-wide, we continue to see robust growth for the global Carrier Ethernet services market, which analysts estimate will exceed $50 billion in 2016. Major service providers are expanding CE 2.0 coverage, improving end-to-end capabilities and SLAs for both on and off-net constructed services. Numerous small to medium size providers are joining the community of standardized CE 2.0 access service providers.

Concurrently, we are witnessing exciting activities related to the multi-year transformation of the CE market from a pre-defined connectivity model toward a software-driven model in which Third Network services provides a dynamic, cloud-like experience with user-directed control over network resources. This transition begins with CE 2.0 certified services as the foundation upon which to build dynamic connectivity services powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV.

Internally at MEF and together with SDOs and Open Source partners, numerous new works are underway to achieve our Third Network goals. Many of these and other industry developments were recently debated and demonstrated at MEF's flagship GEN15 event, with 35 countries and 250+ organizations participating. The MEF Seminars 2016: Building Dynamic Third Network Services Powered By CE 2.0, LSO, SDN & NFV are regional micro-events that brings leading subject matter experts to locations around the globe to educate participants on industry trends and developments. Emphasis is on the preparation that service providers should consider to establish a solid CE 2.0 platform in support of new value-added innovations.



Monday, June 6, 2016 – 9:00 – 14:55


Session Title



9:00 Registration Opens    
10:00 Opening Remarks Welcome, Objectives and Agenda Overview Daniel Bar-Lev
Director Certification and Strategic Programs
10:10 MEF Strategy and Market Trends
  • Overview of the work of the MEF including:
    • Carrier Ethernet 2.0 is the foundation for service innovation
    • LSO is the critical enabler of automated & virtualized networks built with SDN & NFV
    • Layer 3 IP & higher layer service definitions
    • Open source initiatives
    • Expanded certification program
  • Introduction to strategic MEF industry-wide activities
    • UNITE and the SDOs
    • Ethernet Interconnect Points
    • MEF Services Interconnect Program
    • MEF Certified Professionals
  • Overview of the global market for CE 2.0 services - trends, growth opportunities, globalization initiatives
Ben Roberts
Liquid Telecom Kenya
10:35 Multi-Operator Service Delivery: From Months to Minutes...

The MEF is focused on enabling dynamic network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world, providing businesses an on-demand, cloud-connected, secure, and assured experience.

This presentation will explain how LSO is the critical enabler of automated and virtualized networks built with SDN and NFV. Currently, Service Providers need LSO capabilities and supporting APIs to overcome the OSS and BSS obstacles that prevent them from realizing the full benefits of emerging SDN and NFV technologies. LSO encompasses all network domains that require coordinated inter-operator end-to-end management and control to deliver on-demand cloud connectivity services and to assure their overall quality and security as expressed in the Service Provider SLA.
Ishkhan G. Martirosyan
11:00 MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Reference Architecture and Framework The LSO Reference Architecture and Framework defines the management and control layered reference architecture and the framework that characterizes the domains and management entities required to enable cooperative LSO capabilities for connectivity services. The framework also provides high level use cases describing orchestrated connectivity service behavior as well as interactions among management and control entities. The management and control reference points that characterize interactions between LSO management ecosystem components are identified in the framework. This session will provide the definition of LSO, its related information and APIs and how SDOs and Open Source projects are collaborating to make Third Network Services a reality. Chris Mwangi
IP Leader
Liquid Telecom
11:25 Break
11:40 Capturing the Wholesale Ethernet Interconnect Market with CE 2.0 Services

Widely deployed CE 2.0 networking fabrics are the foundation upon which to build Third Network services. While expanding upon extensive specifications, operational frameworks, and CE 2.0 certification programs, the MEF is also advancing important initiatives like the Ethernet Interconnect Points (EIP) Project and MEF Services Interconnect (MEF-SI) Program that streamline deployment of fully-featured interconnections between different service providers to maximize coverage of Third Network-ready infrastructure.

This session will cover the global deployment trends and services development initiatives with regards to CE 2.0 Service Lifecycle Process model with new specifications, implementation guides and certification programs. It will cover the different CE 2.0 service types, functionalities and attributes. Finally, it will present the E-Transit and OVC Services as the new Wholesale Ethernet game-changer.
Daniel Bar-Lev
Director Certification and Strategic Programs
12:05 Interactive Discussion Panel - CE 2.0 Services in EMEA; Retail & Wholesale Growth Opportunities This panel will discuss CE 2.0 services in the region and growth opportunities. This session will be an interactive discussion where the attendees will be polled and have the opportunity to pose questions to panelists.


Daniel Bar-Lev
Director Certification and Strategic Programs


  • Ishkhan G. Martirosyan
  • Joseph Muriithi
    MD Kenya & Regional Head
  • Ben Roberts
    Liquid Telecom Kenya
12:30 Lunch
13:30 MEF Certification Update

This presentation will cover the new developments in MEF professionals, services and equipment certification programs. Highlights of this presentation include:

  • MEF Professional Certification Program
    • MEF-CECP (Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional)
    • Potential MEF-C3 (Core Concepts Certification)
  • MEF Equipment and Services Certification Program
    • Program description
    • Program roadmap
Thomas Mandeville
Operations Director
14:00 Orchestrated Network Services with LSO, SDN and NFV

As Service Providers accelerate the deployment of dynamic services, automation that spans multiple Operator domains becomes mandatory to achieve scalability that includes off-net locations. This automation depends on standardization of Information Models, Operational Threads and Interface Profiles based on real-world use cases and Service Provider implementation strategies. This presentation explains how MEF builds these use cases - including serviceability, ordering, performance reporting, resource provisioning and many others - based on Service Provider expertise and integrates them using the latest modeling approaches to define the processes and APIs that Service Providers and Operators can use to interconnect in a fully automated fashion.

This is an essential introduction for anyone that is involved in transitioning Service Providers to a position of service delivery within minutes, rather than months, using partner networks.
Daniel Bar-Lev
Director Certification and Strategic Programs
14:25 Interactive Discussion Session – Multi-operator services

Multi-operator services: The immediate market opportunities enabled by orchestration

This interactive session will discuss multi-operator services and the immediate market opportunities enabled by orchestration. This session will be an interactive discussion where the attendees will be polled and have the opportunity provide their view on Multi-operator services.
Daniel Bar-Lev
Director Certification and Strategic Programs
14:40 Closing Remarks and Questions   Daniel Bar-Lev
Director Certification and Strategic Programs
14:55 Close




MEF Third Network Vision White Paper
MEF Third Network Lifecycle Service Orchestration Vision White Paper
MEF Services Interconnect Program Brochure
Opening Remarks, presented by Daniel Bar-Lev
MEF Strategy and Market Trends, presented by Ben Roberts
Multi-Operator Service Delivery: From Months to Minutes, presented by Ishkhan G. Martirosyan
MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Reference Architecture and Framework, presented by Chris Mwangi
Capturing the Wholesale Ethernet Interconnect Market with CE 2.0 Services, presented by Daniel Bar-Lev
CE 2.0 Services in EMEA; Retail & Wholesale Growth Opportunities, moderated by Daniel Bar-Lev
MEF Certification Update, presented by Thomas Mandeville
Orchestrated Network Services with LSO, SDN and NFV, presented by Daniel Bar-Lev
Multi-operator services, moderated by Daniel Bar-Lev
Closing Remarks and Questions, presented by Daniel Bar-Lev



New Dynamic & Assured Third Network Services Powered By LSO
MEF Third Network Vision Based on Network as a Service Principles
MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration – Enabling Third Network Services
Differentiating Your Wholesale Ethernet Services in a Changing Market
Mastering the Paradigm Shift - New Professional Certification from the MEF



Embracing the Third Network - with Nan Chen, MEF President
Defining LSO, SDN & NFV - with Axel Clauberg, Deutsche Telekom AG
Defining LSO, SDN & NFV - with Jack Pugaczewshi, CenturyLink
Lance Hassan, Time Warner Comminications, speaks on MEF Professional Certification


Daniel Bar-Lev
Director of Certification & Strategic Programs, MEF

Since 2011, Daniel has been responsible for developing and expanding the MEF's very successful CE 2.0 Services and Equipment certification programs and the MEF-CECP Professionals Certification program. He oversees all aspects of the programs including new item development, development of new infrastructure capabilities, publication of reference materials, exam delivery, MEF Accredited Training Providers and MEF Subject Matter Experts. During his tenure, the MEF-CECP Community has grown from zero to over 3,200 certified professionals in 72 countries and 350 organizations, as well as the CE 2.0 certification program that has grown from zero to over 90 certified service providers and equipment vendors around the globe.

In addition, Daniel works with the membership on developing and rolling out strategic programs such as UNITE, the MEF Services Interconnect program and the Ethernet Internet Points project, as well as leading the requirements and development program of the MEF's online CRM and collaboration platforms based on SalesForce and Atlassian Confluence.

Daniel has been involved specifically in the networking industry for over 20 years holding a variety of positions in RAD Data Communications, as well as co-founding Resolute Networks where he held executive positions and which he represented in the MEF, serving for 3 years as Global Marketing Co-Chair and being elected three times to the MEF Board of Directors.

Ben Roberts
Group CTO & Kenya CEO, Liquid Telecom

Ben became CTO at Liquid Telecom Group in 2006, joining from the Econet group. He has been responsible for network and product strategy as Liquid’s fibre network has expanded. With over 12 year's experience of VoIP technologies and 13 year's of satellite data networks in a design, operations and support role capacity, Ben is more than equipped to be in charge of Liquid Telecom's technology. Having graduated from Bristol University with a BSc in Physics, and worked as an Electronics Development Engineer, Ben moved into the telecoms industry in 1996. He has previously worked for Ericsson developing satellite data distribution networks and at Clarent Corporation on voice over IP networks. After recently working on transformation and integration of Kenya Data Networks into Liquid Telecom Group, Ben has now moved to Kenya to take on the role of CEO of Liquid Telecom Kenya.

Thomas Mandeville

Thomas Mandeville joined Iometrix in 2007 and has extensive knowledge of the MEF certification program from a technical, operational and administrative perspective. In his role as Director of Operations he works closely with vendors and service providers members seeking certification.

Ishkhan Martirosyan
Chief Technical Officer, Datanet Africa

Ishkhan has joined Datanet Africa in 2001 as a Technical Manager and recently took over the office of CTO. Innovative networking technologies serving the purpose of being helpful are the cornerstones of projects he was and is involved. Several unique business networking solutions have been brought to the market accommodating dynamically growing business needs. Covering verticals like Healthcare, and Finance, Telecom sector and mass market.
East African region is being pressured with the demand of performance oriented, cost effective network connectivity solutions. Overwhelming capacity boom. Company embraced the challenges of market and this is where under Ishkhan's initiative Datanet Africa being a pioneer in the region went ahead and rolled out its first Carrier Ethernet Network crossing two neighboring countries in the region - Uganda and Kenya. Fundamentally new Carrier Ethernet based framework has been introduced to the market. Global LAN or GLANv1 service was deployed taking care of businesses, not only for corporates, but also service providers serving their off net customer needs.

Joseph Muriithi
MD & Regional Sales Head, SEACOM Kenya

A telecommunication veteran with over 20 years’ experience spanning terrestrial networks, GSM Networks and undersea technology. Served in the incumbent Telkom Kenya before moving to Safaricom where he was instrumental in Transport network setup, deployment and maintenance. This was a time when Safaricom experienced unprecedented growth and customer base rose from 0.5 million to over 10 million subscribers in 10 years. Joseph is a graduate of University of Sunderland (MSc/information systems) and is currently pursuing a MBA in leadership and sustainability from the university of Cumbria. His undergraduate was in Telecommunication technology from the Multi-media University.

Chris Mwangi
Lead IP Engineer, Liquid Telecom Kenya

Chris graduated from the Kenyatta University, with a degree in Telecommunications and Information Technology and a keen passion for networks and connectivity.

His previous telecom roles include Customer Field Support Engineer and Senior NOC Engineer. He joined the Liquid Telecom Kenya IP team and became the lead IP Engineer. Chris planned, coordinated and implemented the Liquid Telecom Kenya Metro and Core IP Network and is also involved in the engineering and setting up of Liquid products within the East African Data Centre.





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Elgon Road
Upper Hill, Nairobi
00100 Kenya
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