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Title: An Overview of the Work of the

An Overview of the Work of the
Accelerating Worldwide Adoption of Carrier-class
Ethernet Networks and Services
MEF Reference Presentation July 2009
20th April 2007
Contents and Audience
  • Contents
  • MEF Mission, Goals
  • Carrier Ethernet Definition, Services, Scope and
  • The Technical Work of the MEF
  • An Introduction to the MEF Specifications
  • Future work and MEF Specifications in Preparation
  • Complementary Standards Activities
  • The Marketing Work of the MEF
  • MEF Certification Program
  • MEF Global Services Directory
  • MEF Membership and Benefits
  • Purpose
  • This presentation gives basic information about
    the work of the MEF
  • It also introduces the definitions, scope and
    impact of Carrier Ethernet.
  • The intended audience includes those considering
    joining the MEF

Issues and Opportunities
  • The MEFs Mission
  • Accelerate the worldwide adoption of
    carrier-class Ethernet networks and services
  • This mission is in direct response to the
    opportunities made available by
  • The need and demand for a simple ubiquitous
  • Requirement to scale network services to enable
    rapid deployment of applications critical to
    enterprises and service providers.
  • Availability of low cost, high bandwidth
    Ethernet, beyond the LAN
  • Convergence of business, residential and wireless

Global Expansion from Metro to Carrier Ethernet
  • The Beginning Metro Ethernet
  • The MEF was formed in 2001 to develop ubiquitous
    business services for Enterprise users
    principally accessed over optical metropolitan
    networks to connect their Enterprise LANs
  • Expansion to Carrier Ethernet
  • The success of Metro Ethernet Services caught the
    imagination of the world as the concept expanded
    to include
  • Worldwide services traversing national and global
  • Access networks to provide availability to a much
    wider class of user over fiber, copper, cable,
    PON, and wireless
  • Economy of scale from the resulting converged
    business, residential and wireless networks
    sharing the same infrastructure and services
  • Scalability rapid deployment of business
  • Adoption of the certification program
  • While retaining the cost model and simplicity of

Carrier Ethernet Defined
Carrier Ethernet for the Business Users
  • The MEF has defined Carrier Ethernet as
  • A ubiquitous, standardized, carrier-class Service
    and Network defined by five attributes that
    distinguish it from familiar LAN based Ethernet

Carrier Ethernet Defined
Carrier Ethernet for Service Providers
  • A set of certified network elements that connect
    to transport Carrier Ethernet services for all
    users, locally worldwide
  • Carrier Ethernet services are carried over
    physical Ethernet networks and other legacy
    transport technologies

The 5 Attributes Carrier Ethernet (1)
Attribute 1 Standardized Services
  • E-Line, E-LAN provide transparent, private line,
    virtual private line and multi-point to
    multi-point LAN services.
  • A ubiquitous service providing globally locally
    via standardized equipment
  • Requires no changes to customer LAN equipment or
    networks and accommodates existing network
    connectivity such as, time-sensitive, TDM traffic
    and signaling
  • Ideally suited to converged voice, video data
  • Wide choice and granularity of bandwidth and
    quality of service options

The 5 Attributes Carrier Ethernet (2)
Attribute 2 Scalability
  • The ability for millions to use a network service
    that is ideal for the widest variety of business,
    information, communications and entertainment
    applications with voice, video and data
  • Spans Access Metro to National Global
    Services over a wide variety of physical
    infrastructures implemented by a wide range of
    Service Providers
  • Scalability of bandwidth from 1Mbps to 10Gbps
    and beyond, in granular increments

The 5 Attributes Carrier Ethernet (3)
Attribute 3 Reliability
  • The ability for the network to detect recover
    from incidents without impacting users
  • Meeting the most demanding quality and
    availability requirements
  • Rapid recovery time when problems do occur, as
    low as 50ms

The 5 Attributes Carrier Ethernet (4)
Attribute 4 Quality of Service
  • Wide choice and granularity of bandwidth and
    quality of service options
  • Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that deliver
    end-to-end performance matching the requirements
    for voice, video and data over converged business
    and residential networks
  • Provisioning via SLAs that provide end-to-end
    performance based on CIR, frame loss, delay and
    delay variation characteristics

The 5 Attributes Carrier Ethernet (5)
Attribute 5 Service Management
  • The ability to monitor, diagnose and centrally
    manage the network, using standards-based vendor
    independent implementations
  • Carrier-class OAM
  • Rapid service provisioning

Carrier Ethernet E-Line and E-LAN Services
E-Line Service type
  • E-Line Service used to create
  • Ethernet Private Lines
  • Virtual Private Lines
  • Ethernet Internet Access
  • E-LAN Service used to create
  • Multipoint L2 VPNs
  • Transparent LAN Service
  • Foundation for IPTV and Multicast networks etc.

Point-to-Point EVC
Carrier Ethernet Network
E-LAN Service type
Carrier Ethernet Network
Multipoint-to-Multipoint EVC
MEF certified Carrier Ethernet products
UNI User Network Interface, CE Customer
Equipment, EVC Ethernet Virtual Connection
Carrier Ethernet E-Tree Service
May 2008
  • Used for Applications requiring
    Point-to-Multipoint topology
  • Video on demand, internet access, triple play
    backhaul, mobile cell site backhaul, franchising
  • Provides traffic separation between Leaf UNIs
  • Traffic from any leaf UNI can be sent/received
    to/from Root UNI(s) but never being forwarded
    to other Leaf UNIs

Rooted Multipoint EVC
Carrier Ethernet Terminology
  • UNI (User-to-Network Interface)
  • Physical interface/demarcation between service
    provider and subscriber
  • Service start/end point
  • Ethernet Virtual Connection (EVC)
  • An association of two or more UNIs
  • Three types of EVC
  • Point-to-Point
  • Multipoint-to-Multipoint
  • Rooted Multipoint (Point-to-Multipoint)
  • EVCs and Services
  • In a Carrier Ethernet network, data is
    transported across Point-to-Point,
    Point-to-Multipoint and Multipoint-to-Multipoint
    EVCs according to the attributes and definitions
    of the E-Line and E-LAN services
  • NNI (Network-to-Network Interface)
  • Demarcation/peering point
  • Between service providers (E-NNI)
  • Between service provider internal networks

For full presentation of Ethernet Services visit
Worldwide Business Ethernet Services
Worldwide revenue for Business Ethernet Services
mounts steadily to nearly 31 billion by 2012.
  • Robust enterprise customer demand is projected
    for the next five years, with double-digit annual
    growth across all geographic regional markets
    Asia/Pacific, EMEA, N.A.
  • Service providers are committed to Ethernet as
    the ubiquitous standard for network service
  • Ethernet equipment vendors are actively enabling
    this important transition.
  • Detailed market statistics are available through
    Vertical Systems Groups ENS Research Programs

Business applications for Ethernet Services
include Dedicated Internet Access (DIA), Ethernet
Private Lines, Ethernet LAN / VPLS, and Ethernet
access to other network services (e.g., IP/MPLS
VPNs, Frame Relay, etc.).
Ethernet Services for Mission Critical
Carrier Ethernet brings significant business
benefits to mission critical applications
  • Top Market Sectors
  • Healthcare, finance, education, government, media
  • Principal Applications
  • Site-to-site access, server consolidation,
    business continuity/ disaster recovery, software
    as a service (SaaS), service orientated
    architecture (SOA), Internet access, distributed
    imaging, distributed storage area networks,
    converged networking, virtualization, cloud
  • Benefits
  • Scalability, control, reliability, performance,
    data center server consolidation, expedites and
    enables new applications
  • Cost reduction, revenue acceleration

Carrier Ethernet Scope and Reach
HD TV, TVoD, VoD, Content Providers
Voice/Video Telephony
Internet information Software apps
Host applications, Consolidated Servers
Gaming, DR, ERP
Video Source
Carrier Ethernet
Carrier Ethernet wire-line and mobile
backhaul with copper, fiber , cable, wireless
access network delivery
Carrier Ethernet Phase 3 Global Interconnect
  • Carrier Ethernet Phase 1 2001 onward
  • Architecture and Definition of Carrier Ethernet
    and Ethernet Services
  • Carrier Ethernet Phase 2 2005 onward
  • Implementation, Certification, Expansion from
    Metro to Access, Cable and Mobile Backhaul

Carrier Ethernet Phase 3 Global Interconnect
2008 onward
  • Specifications for Worldwide Interconnect
  • Ethernet Network-to-Network Interface, Class of
    Service alignment between service providers
  • New Specifications for Automated Management
  • Automated management of the UNI, Service OAM
    fault and performance specifications, Network
    Interface Devices, New Test Suites, Certification
  • Operational Tools
  • Global Services Directory, Wholesale Access
    Interconnect tools

Drivers for Carrier Ethernet in the Cable Industry
  • Standardization
  • Definition of Carrier Ethernet implementation
    of products to MEF specifications creates
    standardized networking within and between MSOs
  • Certification now available for products,
  • Certification of both products and services
    creates confidence and scalability
  • 100 Services, 500 systems, 100 suppliers and
    service providers now approved
  • Business Benefits
  • Pooling of resources, simplicity of
    implementation enables business cooperation
    creates new opportunities
  • Rapid expansion, recognition of Carrier Ethernet

Standardized Services for the Access
  • Carrier Ethernet provides consistent, services
    delivered to users connected over the widest
    variety of access networks

Multi-site Enterprise
Carrier Ethernet for Mobile Backhaul
  • Carrier Ethernet
  • Economically meets exploding bandwidth
    requirements currently constrained by the
    prohibitive costs of legacy networks
  • New wholesale business opportunities for
    wire-line providers
  • Leverages rapid move to Carrier Ethernet for
    wire-line traffic enabling a single integrated
    wire-line and mobile backhaul network
  • A necessity for 4G/ LTE technology
  • Most mobile traffic is broadband/IP centric
  • Carrier Ethernet is optimized for packet data
  • Overcomes TDM (T1/E1) services scalability
  • This alone makes Carrier Ethernet the compelling
  • Time/urgency
  • Carrier Ethernet removes the barrier to timely

A Demanding World
  • Todays world demands
  • Any application, any connectivity, on any device
  • Information, voice, video or data
  • Entertainment video voice, data any source
  • At home, in the office, on the go, seamlessly and
    always connected
  • Any time, 24/7/365, on demand
  • All delivered on one ubiquitous high performance,
    global service.
  • Carrier Ethernet is poised to be that service

MEFs Vision of the Future
Hosting Servers Applications
Client Applications
Client Locations
The Technical Work of the MEF
  • Technical Committee
  • The Technical Committee is organized into
    Services, Architecture, Management, Test
  • The Technical Committee has active liaisons with
    other standards organizations.
  • Technical Overview of the Work of the MEF
  • The technical committee develops technical
    specifications, implementation agreements, test
    specifications and position statements
  • A list of the Specifications, timelines, etc.,
  • Detailed technical presentations are available on
    the MEF web site

Each year, approaching 500 technical
contributions are generated by the 875 members of
MEF technical group who are engaged in the
ongoing work. Over 120 technical committee
members meet each quarter to instigate, progress
and finalize specifications and implementation
Approved MEF Specifications 2001 2009
Approved MEF Specifications
  • MEF 2 Requirements and Framework for Ethernet
    Service Protection
  • MEF 3 Circuit Emulation Service Definitions,
    Framework and Requirements in Metro Ethernet
  • MEF 4 Metro Ethernet Network Architecture
    Framework Part 1 Generic Framework
  • MEF 6.1 Metro Ethernet Services Definitions Phase
  • MEF 7 EMS-NMS Information Model
  • MEF 8 Implementation Agreement for the Emulation
    of PDH Circuits over Metro Ethernet Networks
  • MEF 9 Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Services
    at the UNI
  • MEF 10.1 Ethernet Services Attributes Phase 2
  • MEF 10.1.1 Attribute Enhancements - Amendment to
  • MEF 11 User Network Interface (UNI) Requirements
    and Framework
  • MEF 12 Metro Ethernet Network Architecture
    Framework Part 2 Ethernet Services Layer
  • MEF 13 User Network Interface (UNI) Type 1
    Implementation Agreement
  • MEF 14 Abstract Test Suite for Traffic
    Management Phase 1
  • MEF 15 Requirements for Management of Metro
    Ethernet Phase 1 Network Elements
  • MEF 16 Ethernet Local Management Interface
  • MEF 17 Service OAM Framework and Requirements
  • MEF 18 Abstract Test Suite for Circuit Emulation
  • MEF 19 Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 1
  • MEF 20 User Network Interface (UNI) Type 2
    Implementation Agreement

MEF 10 .1 replaces and enhances MEF 10
Ethernet Services Definition Phase 1 and replaced
MEF 1 and MEF 5.MEF 10.1.1 an amendment to MEF
10.1 has also been approved. MEF 6.1 replaced MEF
Global Expansion to Carrier Ethernet
  • Relationship between the MEF Specifications and
    Carrier Ethernet
  • The technical work of the MEF as described in the
    specifications, together with the work of
    associated standards bodies, collectively enable
    the functionality and attributes of Carrier
  • The completed specifications continue to refer to
    MENs (Metro Ethernet Networks) but this is now a
    generic term covering the enabled service network
    in the increasing variety of access, metro and
    long haul networks

How the Specifications Enable Carrier Ethernet
This chart shows how the MEF specifications
enable the attributes of Carrier Ethernet
indicating the responsible area within the MEF
Technical Committee
Carrier Ethernet Attributes
Service Management
Quality of Service
Standardized Services
MEF Specs

Architecture Area

Service Area

Service Area

Architecture Area

Service Area

Service Area

Service Area
MEF 6.1
Management Area

Service Area

Test Measurement Area

Test Measurement Area

Service Area
Service Area

Service Area
MEF 10, 1
Architecture Area

MEF 11
Architecture Area

Architecture Area
MEF 12
Architecture Area

MEF 13

Test Measurement Area
Test Measurement Area
Test Measurement Area

MEF 14

Management Area

MEF 15

Management Area

MEF 16

Management Area

MEF 17

Test Measurement Area
Test Measurement Area

MEF 18

Test Measurement Area
Test Measurement Area

MEF 19
MEF 20
Architecture Area

Architecture Area
Architecture Area

Test Measurement Area
Test Measurement Area

MEF 21 24
MEF 22
Service Area
Service Area
Service Area
Service Area
Service Area

Service Area

Service Area
MEF 23
MEF Technical Work in Progress
May 2009
Test and Measurement Area
Management Area
Architecture Area
Service Area
MEF 9 Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Services
at the UNI (TS)
MEF 7 EMS - NMS Information Model (TS)
MEF 2 Protection Framework and Requirements (TS)
MEF 6.1 Ethernet Services Definitions Phase 2
MEF 3 Circuit Emulation Service Requirements
MEF 14 Abstract Test Suite for Traffic
Management Phase 1 (TS)
MEF 15 Requirements for Management of Metro
Ethernet Phase 1 Network Elements (TS)
MEF 4 Metro Ethernet Network Architecture
Framework Part 1 Generic Framework (TS)
MEF 18 Abstract Test Suite for CES over Ethernet
MEF 16 Ethernet Local Management Interface
MEF 11 - UNI Framework and Requirements (TS)
MEF 8 Emulation of PDH over MENs (IA)
MEF 19 Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 1 (TS)
MEF 17 Service OAM Requirements and Framework (TS)
MEF 12 Metro Ethernet Network Architecture
Framework Part 2 Ethernet Services Layer (TS)
MEF 10.1 Ethernet Services Attributes Phase 2 (TS)
MEF 13 User Network Interface Type 1 (IA)
MEF 21 UNI Type 2 Test Suite (TS) Part 1 link
MEF 22 Mobile Backhaul (IA)
EMS-NMS Information Model (TS) Phase 2
MEF 20 UNI Type 2 (IA)
Service OAM Performance Management (IA)
MEF 23 Carrier Ethernet Class of Service (IA)
MEF 24 UNI Type 2 Test Suite (TS) Part 2 E-LMI
External NNI (E-NNI) Phase 1 (TS)
Service OAM Fault Management (IA)
MEF 10.1.1 AmendmentAttribute Enhancements
UNI Type 2 Test Suite (TS) Part 3 Service OAM
Ethernet Service Constructs (TS)
Delivered Throughput (IA)
Abstract Test Suite for E-NNI (TS) Part 1 Basic
MEF 10.2 Ethernet Services Document Alignment
Abstract Test Suite for E-NNI (TS) Part 3
Protection ATS
MEF 12 Network Architecture Framework Update
Ethernet Services Amendment New Bandwidth Profile
NID Specification (TS)
Mobile Backhaul (IA) Phase 2
Carrier Ethernet Class of Service (IA) Phase 2
TS Technical Specification IA Implementation
Working Document
MEF 10.1 replaced MEF 10. which replaced MEF 1
and MEF 5. MEF 6.1 replaced MEF 6
Complementary Standards Activities
  • Goals
  • Reach consensus, bring MEF work to other bodies,
    re-use work of other bodies, work with other
    bodies, avoid duplication, keep in communications

Provider Bridge IEEE 802.1ad Provider Backbone
Bridge IEEE 802.1ah (MAC-in-MAC, and extended
label space)
ITU-T SG 15 has referenced the MEF service work
in their documents that describe EPL and EVPL.
Layer 2 VPNs
Service Management
IEEE 802.1ag Fault Management IEEE 802.3ah link
ITU-T SG13 for Service OAM Working with ITU SG 4
on harmonizing their work with MEF 7 and adding
additional features of interest to the MEF such
as support of E-LMI
Customer signaling of Ethernet Services
MPLS Fast Reroute, graceful restart
Accelerating Adoption Through Certification
  • The MEF Certification Program
  • An important part of the MEFs mission to
    accelerate the deployment of Carrier Ethernet in
    the Access, MAN WAN
  • Manufacturer and Service Provider Certification
  • Certification for Carrier Ethernet equipment
    supplied to service providers
  • Certification of service provider services to
    assure customers that service they are using
    Carrier Ethernet services compliant with MEF

  • Current Certification Program Comprises
  • Service certification to MEF 9 for equipment
    manufacturers and service providers
  • Traffic management and service performance
    certification to MEF 14 for equipment
    manufacturers and service providers
  • Circuit Emulation Services over Ethernet to MEF
    18 for equipment manufacturers
  • Approved Certification Lab
  • MEF does not conduct certification directly
  • Certification is via MEF approved lab Iometrix

Key Benefits of Certification
  • Key Benefits for the Enterprise
  • Empowers informed decisions re equipment / CPE
  • Service Provider efficiencies and cost savings
    can be passed to end users
  • Key Benefits for the Service Provider
  • Immediate assurance that vendors equipment
    complies to MEF Specifications
  • Saves money time on complex testing between
    vendors, especially on global accounts
  • Establishes solid foundation for Carrier Ethernet
    ubiquity, interoperability
  • Key Benefits for the Equipment Vendor
  • Globally recognized interoperability standard
    improves approval process, increases tender
    opportunities and dramatically reduces testing
    costs, time-to-market and installation time
  • Independent validation of function and conformance

Certified Companies
MEF Certification Lab
July 2009
Growth Continues 150 Certified Services, 500
Certified Systems
30 service providers have been certified
75 equipment manufacturers have been certified
The MEF Certification Program Milestones
First 16 Equipment Manufacturers, 39 Products
Certified to MEF 9 (UNI) Announced
Program Launched with Iometrix
First 7 Carriers 21 Services Certified to MEF
9 (UNI) Announced
First Traffic Managementfor Equipment
Manufacturers (MEF 14) Announced
April 2005
First 11 Service Providers Certified to MEF 14
First Equipment Manufacturers Certificated to
MEF 18 Announced
Sept 2005
April 2006
June 2006
June 2007
June 2008
Program Totals 400 Systems, 72 Equipment
Manufacturers, 26 Service Providers
Certified 1000s Tests Conducted, 750
Certifications Granted
The Marketing Work of the MEF
  • Education
  • Development of case studies, presentations,
    videos, white papers describing the MEF
    specifications and their application in the
  • Industry leading marketing
  • December 2005 awarded Best Marketing for a
    Private Company Light Reading Leading Lights
  • Active participation in major events worldwide
  • Carrier Ethernet World Congress, Ethernet Expo,
    Nxtcomm, etc.
  • Conducting keynotes and panel discussions by MEF
  • Press briefings, MEF Speakers Bureau
  • Interoperability demos and technology showcases
  • Annual recognition awards
  • For adopters of Carrier Ethernet in USA, Europe
    and Asia
  • Marketing the MEF certification program
  • Publicizing Carrier Ethernet certification
    program, recognizing certification
  • Development of Tools for the Enterprise and
    Service Providers
  • Service Provider Tool Kit and Global Services
  • Development of outbound marketing programs
  • Developing and expanding the awareness of the
    impact of a worldwide service level network on
    the industry by marketing subcommittees and
    working groups
  • MEF MEFTV web sites as the public home for all
    things Carrier Ethernet

MEF Web Site Resource Summary
  • Visit the MEF Public Site for
  • Latest news world-wide press coverage of
    Carrier Ethernet
  • Access to MEF Global Services Directory
  • Access to MEF technical specifications and
    overview summaries
  • Up-to-date Carrier Ethernet reference
  • Up-to-date MEF event and conferences presentations
  • Latest technical dashboard, glossary of over 350
    technical terms
  • Access to MEFTV video case studies
  • Written case studies
  • MEF standardized network icon library
  • Membership information, member listings, board
    and committee members
  • Up-to-date list of all MEF Certified companies,
    services and products
  • MEF events, workshops, seminars, agendas. (gt50
    worldwide per year)

Members-Only Site includes
  • gt4,000 technical documents, contributions
  • Service Provider Toolkit
  • Carrier Ethernet analyst portal
  • Draft specifications, ballots, mailing groups,
    discussions, logistics
  • Member meeting info, contacts, newsletters, etc
  • Guest Speaker and meeting presentations

The Benefits of MEF Service Standardization
  • Enables deployment of an ubiquitous service level
    network for business users worldwide
  • Untenable without standardization due to NxN
    connectivity between hundreds of Service
  • No Concept of Service Level Networking without
    MEF specifications (where would they start)
  • No Carrier Class Ethernet for Metro and Access
    with MEF defined Carrier Ethernet specifications
  • Brings massive cost savings
  • Unlocks Ethernet cost model benefits, generates
  • Provides a solid framework to build services
  • While allowing Service Providers to differentiate
    their offerings
  • MEF Certification program
  • Assures standardization, accelerates deployment,
    reduces installation integration costs

The MEFs New and Unique Global Services Directory
  • Business Users
  • Find Carrier Ethernet services anywhere in the
  • Service Providers
  • Find a partner to build a global Carrier Ethernet
  • Featuring
  • Free access to interactive map driven system
  • Latest information on available services
    globally, locally
  • Launched with first 16 service providers,
  • http//

MEF Membership
  • The work of the MEF is driven by a wide range of
    actively participating members

MEF Membership
July 2009
156 Members Weathering the Economic Storm
Service Provider, Cable/MSO Members
  • AboveNet
  • Alpheus Communications
  • Amcom
  • Ancotel
  • ATT
  • Belgacom
  • Bell Canada
  • Bright House Networks
  • British Telecom
  • Cable Wireless
  • Charter Communications
  • China Telecom
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • Colt
  • Comcast
  • Cox Business
  • Demand Broadband
  • Embarq
  • EuroFiber
  • Orange
  • PCCW
  • PT Inovação
  • PT Prime
  • Qwest Communications
  • RCN Business Solutions
  • Reliance Communications
  • Rogers
  • Shanghai Information Network
  • Singapore Telecom
  • Sprint
  • Starhub
  • Suddenlink
  • Swisscom
  • Symphony Communication
  • TATA Communications
  • Telecom Italia
  • Telefonica
  • Telekom Malaysia

Equipment Vendors, Software Test Companies, Lab
  • Accedian Networks
  • Actelis Networks
  • Adtran
  • Adva Optical Networking
  • Afore Solutions
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Aktino
  • Albis Technologies
  • Alcatel- Lucent
  • Allied Telysis
  • Alloptic
  • ANDA Networks
  • ARRIS International
  • Aurora Networks
  • Axerra Networks
  • Bay Microsystems
  • Bridgewave
  • Broadcom
  • Brocade
  • Sunrise Telecom
  • Sycamore Networks
  • Symmetricom
  • Suminet (Sumitomo Electric Networks)
  • T Pack
  • Teknovus
  • Tejas Networks
  • Telco Systems
  • Telcordia Technologies
  • Telecommunication Metrology Center
  • Tellabs
  • Telrad Networks
  • Transition Networks
  • Transmode Optical
  • Transwitch Corporation
  • UTStarcom
  • Vitesse
  • Wipro
  • Connection Technology Systems
  • Corrigent Systems
  • D-Link
  • Dowslake Microsystems
  • DragonWave
  • ECI Telecom
  • Ericsson
  • Ethos Networks
  • EXFO
  • Extreme Networks
  • FibroLAN
  • Fujitsu Network Communications
  • Gridpoint Systems
  • Harris Stratex
  • Hatteras Networks
  • Hitachi Cable
  • Huawei Technologies
  • IBM
  • JDSU
  • Juniper Networks
  • Maipu Communications
  • Matisse Networks
  • Maxim
  • Motorola
  • MRV Communications
  • Nakina Systems
  • NEC
  • NetO2
  • Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Nortel Networks Corp.
  • Occam Networks
  • Omnitron Systems
  • Overture Networks
  • Qosera
  • Positron
  • PCT International
  • RAD Data Communications

Our Board Members
Ralph SantitoroDirector, MEFFujitsu Network
Dennis R. Kruse Chairman of the Board, MEF Vice
President Network Solutions Orange Business
Nan Chen President and Director MEF
Matt Squire Director, MEF Chief Technology
Officer, Hatteras Networks
Robert KuseDirector, MEF Transport Planning
Architecture Cox Communications
Margaret T. ChiosiDirector, MEF Executive
Director of Optics and Ethernet Development ATT
Lionel FloritDirector, MEFSenior Manager,
Cisco Systems
Kevin O'Toole Director, MEF Vice President,
Business Products Strategy, Comcast
Arie Goldberg Director MEF Founder CEO
Omnitron Systems
Craig EasleyDirector, MEF Vice President,
Marketing Matisse Networks
Huiling ZhaoDirector, MEF Vice President,
Marketing Matisse Networks
Michael VolgendeDirector, MEF Director Global
Ethernet Services Verizon

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organizations establish your position as
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Ethernet industry developments, trends,
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