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February 28, 2012

MEF and Bob Metcalfe Announce Carrier Ethernet 2.0

By Bob Emmerson
TMC European Editor

Bob Metcalfe, the Inventor of Ethernet and MEF (News - Alert) Advisory Director, has announced the launch of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0), which has three powerful, standardized features: Multiple Classes of Service (Multi-CoS), Interconnect and Manageability. This enables the delivery of differentiated applications over managed and interconnected networks globally. CE 2.0 is generationally advanced from the standardized Ethernet services delivered over a single provider’s network defined now as Carrier Ethernet 1.0 (CE 1.0).

“Many ‘new Ethernets’ were born since its humble 2.94 Mbps beginnings in Palo Alto (News - Alert),” said Metcalfe, “It’s been more than a decade since Ethernet ventured out into the wide area network, and seven years since we defined the first carrier-class networks and services that we all know as Carrier Ethernet.  Just as the Web browser revolutionized the efficiency and usability of the Internet, CE 2.0 is positioned to revolutionize the efficiency and usability of Ethernet Service Delivery.”

“The approval of key MEF specifications and implementation agreements in 2012 marks the tipping point that this new generation of services and networks can be confidently implemented and deployed as a new industry standard,” said Nan Chen, MEF Founder and President. “CE 2.0 provides a new dimension for industry growth and prosperity.”

CE 2.0 delivers significant values to all stakeholders worldwide: enterprises, small/medium businesses, retail/wholesale service providers, mobile operators, and network equipment manufacturers.

“For the enterprise, CE 2.0 will mean more consistent performance levels and associated SLA’s regardless of office location. It will also enable enterprises to reach all their offices more efficiently on a global basis.” said Mike Volgende, Chairman of the MEF Board, and Director of Business Process Management at Verizon (News - Alert). “For the small/medium business, it will further the availability of capabilities such as Internet and hosted services on a single Carrier Ethernet connection, with higher SLA’s for those hosted services.”

“For network equipment manufacturers, it means additional new markets and opportunities, augmenting already hot-selling Carrier Ethernet equipment.” said Phil Tilley, MEF Global Marketing Committee Co-Chair, Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) Director Portfolio Strategy. “For mobile operators, it means a foundation for additional efficiencies and cost-savings through implementation of Mobile-Backhaul-specific Multi-CoS performance objectives, packet and network-based synchronization, resiliency performance, and service OAM fault management.”

“The MEF Certification program has done more than just verify compliance, it has established a standard for deployed services. As CE 2.0 is introduced, once again MEF Certification will play a vital role of speeding deployment, creating a trusted baseline and establishing proper recognition for those who bring CE 2.0 benefits to market, especially to the end user,” explained Eric Puetz, MEF Certification Committee Co-Chair, Director of Broadband, Access and Transport Standards at AT&T (News - Alert). “CE2.0 Certification will be soon available to MEF members.”

Edited by Rich Steeves
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