MEF: Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Pioneers Pave Way for Ethernet Access Surge

  MEF: Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Pioneers Pave Way for Ethernet Access Surge

          First wave of CE 2.0 certified products has been announced

Business Wire

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- January 30, 2013

A surge in the number of access providers in the Ethernet community, new
markets for regional providers, application-oriented SLAs, optimized mobile
backhaul and cloud service delivery… these are among the benefits now on
offer, according to Ihab Tarazi Chairman of the Board, MEF (MetroEthernet
Forum), speaking today at the gala announcement of the first twenty vendors to
offer Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certified products. Other speakers included
Ethernet inventor, Bob Metcalfe, and MEF President Nan Chen.

“The companies’ achievements are a testament to their commitment to
outstanding delivery for the Carrier market” said Ihab Tarazi. “Certification
will enable service providers to choose equipment vendors with greater speed,
clarity and certainty. CE 2.0 Certification marks a significant moment in the
life of the MEF and Carrier Ethernet.”

The first twenty vendors certified are: Accedian, Altera, BTI Systems, Ciena,
Cisco, Cyan, FibroLAN, Huawei, Infinera, Juniper Networks, MRV, Omnitron,
Overture, PT Inovacao, Pulsecom, RAD Data Communications, Telco Systems,
Tellabs, Transition Networks and Transmode.

Next generation CE 2.0 extends the original purpose of Carrier Ethernet with
vital added features, including multiple classes of service, greater
manageability and easier interconnect for eight standard service types,
enabling new levels of efficiency for mobile backhaul, making it easier for a
large number of access providers to join the Carrier Ethernet community and
establish Carrier Ethernet as a business class cloud service carrier.
According to Nan Chen, MEF President: “The main market drivers continue to
dominate business: bandwidth growth, mobile data and LTE migration and the
growth of public and private cloud computing.”

Bob Mandeville President and Founder of test lab Iometrix, responsible for
MEF’s testing process, outlined the challenges of meeting the new exacting
standards: “CE 2.0 is a difficult accreditation to achieve. To be recognised
as CE 2.0 ceftified, each company must pass a suite that totals 634 stringent
tests. Over 155 companies are now certified for CE 1.0 and the adoption signs
for 2.0 are exciting. The demand for certified products and services is a
driving force, and we expect a significant increase in service provider
certifications not only from established markets, but also from developing
economies in 2013.”

Carrier Ethernet has become the industry’s biggest success story of the past
decade. For the first time this year, CE services share of bandwidth exceeded
the sum total of all legacy telecoms services across the world, making it the
dominant technology in the carrier space, according to Vertical Systems Group.
Last year over 1.2 billion new Ethernet ports were shipped (400 million wired
and 800 million wireless) according to IDC, and Frost & Sullivan, Vertical
Systems and Infonetics predict a near $48+ billion services market by 2015.

Bob Metcalfe, Inventor of the Ethernet, summed up the gala certificate award
ceremony, saying: “40 years after its inception, Ethernet continues to
innovate. CE 2.0 gives, service providers and vendors the ability drive global
interconnection and deliver a whole host of services to enterprises rapidly
and with multiple classes of service and robust service level agreements.
These twenty companies are the first to recognize this enormous potential. It
gives them a distinct competitive advantage, as Carrier Ethernet continues to
dominate and surpass all other technologies and services on the market.”

About The MEF:

The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 200 organizations
including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network
equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing
organizations. The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of
Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier
Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote
interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide.

For more information about the Forum, including a complete listing of all
current MEF members, please visit the MEF web site at


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