MEF’s GEN15 Services Interconnect Zone to be focal point for CE 2.0 wholesale stakeholders

Date: Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:36

Brings together retail service providers and wholesale operators this November to accelerate standardized and scalable interconnectivity on a global scale
MEF’s GEN15 Services Interconnect Zone to be focal point for CE 2.0 wholesale stakeholders

Nan Chen, President of MEF

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The MEF is pleased to announce that it has created the Carrier Ethernet industry’s first meeting place for stakeholders working on standardizing and streamlining interconnectivity between buyers and sellers of CE 2.0 (Carrier Ethernet 2.0) wholesale services. The Services Interconnect Zone will be located in the Networking Hall of the GEN15 event being held on 16-19 November 2015 at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The Zone will be featured alongside the booths of dozens of GEN15 sponsors and a popular, expanded Proof of Concept Showcase that includes 12 innovative service & technology demonstrations involving 24 companies.

The Services Interconnect Zone will comprise three focal points:
(1) MEF Services Interconnect (MEF-SI) program – designed for the hundreds of small wholesale Ethernet operators around the world that are working towards CE 2.0 standards compliance certification for E-Access and E-Transit services, the progam will dramatically speed up the qualification of suitable wholesale partners for CE 2.0 service providers.
(2) Ethernet Interconnect Points (EIP) project – AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Windstream, Frontier, and Telepacific currently are leading the development of the first MEF Implementation Guideline for using MEF specs to achieve highly scalable interconnectivity between CE 2.0 operators, which will eventually lead to automation of interconnects for all CE 2.0 services. The University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) is supporting this project as well.
(3)  CE 2.0 Certification Reference Services and Modules – the highly successful CE 2.0 certification program will shortly include Access E-Line and Transit E-Line at speeds of up to 100Gbps, with an incremental approach to certification of new capabilities including those based on service lifecycle-related specifications.

Activities around these three topics taking place in the Zone will include information briefings and face-to-face meetings, using a range of materials prepared especially for the event. Many of the MEF member CE 2.0 service providers will be represented in the Zone, as well as representatives of wholesale operators in the MEF-SI program.
“We’re seeing at the MEF a major increase in interest in wholesale CE 2.0 service certification and interconnection in the last 12 months,” explained Daniel Bar-Lev Director of MEF Certification and Strategic Programs. He continued, “Some of this is due to the publication of the MEF 51 OVC Services specification earlier this year that introduced E-Transit and significantly broadened the capabilities of E-Access to include multiple classes of service and other features. It’s also probably due to the fact that the installed base of CE 2.0 certified services – now offered by 55 providers worldwide – has reached a critical mass and therefore is now increasing market expectations that wholesale providers will support all of the CE 2.0 features being offered to retail customers. Our research indicates this is resulting in more and more RFPs to wholesale Ethernet service operators stipulating CE 2.0 certification.”
Service providers and operators attending GEN15 are invited to visit the Services Interconnect Zone and to arrange briefings and meetings with wholesale partners there. The Verizon Partner Conference will also be held on 16 November at GEN15. The Zone is an excellent opportunity for attendees of the Verizon event to get the latest information on MEF’s wholesale services activities.

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