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MEF Certifications for Tata Communications: A Positive Sign for an Established Ethernet Service

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October 30, 2009

MEF Certifications for Tata Communications: A Positive Sign for an Established Ethernet Service

By Michael Dinan, TMCnet Editor

A nonprofit industry group that includes more than 150 Ethernet service providers and network equipment vendors reportedly has certified services from a global provider of communications.
With certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum – a group that develops technical specifications and implementation agreements to ensure interoperability and deployment of carrier Ethernet services worldwide – Tata Communications becomes the first global provider to earn so-called “MEF (News - Alert) 9” and “MEF 14” certifications.

One Tata Communications with a memorable name – Genius (News - Alert) Wong, senior vice president of global IP and VPN services, said the distinction for the company’s “Global Dedicated Ethernet Services” shows “our commitment to continuously enrich our offerings, deliver quality services to our customers and lead the Ethernet evolution.”
“The certifications are of high significance to us, to assure our customers of seamless secure solutions, which adhere to highest industry standards,” he added.
Tata Communications’ (News - Alert) Global Dedicated Ethernet Services were, introduced three years ago, were certified by MEF in 2007. They span five continents – North America, Asia, Europe and Middle East – and more than 120 cities across India. Featured with a choice of configurations, bandwidth granularities, up-to four Classes of Service with interclass bursting, the service provides a high quality, scalable and cost effective Ethernet solution through out India and on a global scale.
So what do the new certifications mean? Among other things, according to the MEF, they mean high voice quality.
MEF 14 ensures that the latency, jitter and packet loss performance of the services conforms to the rigorous MEF standards, while MEF 9 ensures the conditions required for delivery of services have specific Ethernet User Network Interface and Ethernet Virtual Connection service attributes. MEF 14 is also the first industry certification to include performance criteria, which helps to raise the bar on carriers’ services performance.
The nonprofit’s president, Nan Chen, said the MEF welcomes the commitment being made by companies such as Tata Communications to it certification program.
“Service providers across the globe have embraced MEF standards to deliver reliable, high quality and technically consistent Ethernet services to their customer base,” Chen said.
Analysts say the third-party certifications indicate strong performance.
According to Current Analysis Senior Analyst Joel Stradling (News - Alert), global reach and the new MEF certifications differentiate Tata Communications’ message in the international marketplace, and that the company is in a good position to augment reach with more consistent and standardized Ethernet Network-to-Network Interfaces by working within MEF guidelines.
“E-NNIs are critical for Ethernet services as they establish a common language to bridge boundaries between different carriers,” Stradling said.

Michael Dinan is a group managing editor for TMCnet, overseeing TMCnet's Web editorial team and covering news in the IP communications, CRM and VoIP industries. He also oversees production of e-Newsletters in the areas of 4G wireless technology and smart products. To read more of Michael's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan

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