MEF demonstrates interoperability of services

The Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) promotion of the technology has taken further steps forward in recent weeks following live demonstrations of the carrier grade metro Ethernet E-Line and E-LAN services.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  June 24, 2003

The Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) promotion of the technology has taken further steps forward in recent weeks following live demonstrations of the carrier grade metro Ethernet E-Line and E-LAN services at the SuperComm show in Atlanta. Furthermore, the show highlighted the vendor interoperability of these services by uniting 28 different companies in the demonstration.

“There are two things that are significant, one is that this demonstration shows metro Ethernet’s maturity in terms of standardisation and shows it is supported by a broad range of industry leaders. Secondly, it is showing that metro Ethernet is here and that it is ready to be deployed by the end customer,” says Nan Chen, president of MEF.

As such, MEF hopes that the demonstration will encourage uptake of the technology among service providers by showcasing the availability of the equipment and how it can be implemented to deliver the E-Line and E-LAN services.

“From a service provider perspective they are now free to offer Ethernet services without worrying about the underlying equipment to provide their services because interoperability is there,” comments Chen.

Chen also says that both service providers and vendors have reassurance because the services are standards based. For the vendors, this ensures they know the customers’ requirements because they have developed their products in accordance to the standards, while the wide ranging vendors involved in MEF offer cost savings to customers.

A further boost to MEF’s initiative has been the addition of eight new members to the Forum. The newcomers highlight the global approach of the group as they include KT, formerly Korea Telecom, MetNet Communications, Inc. and Siemens AG.

“We have been gaining significant grounds in terms of being able to attract additional members. The benefits for MEF are first of all it is momentum building, secondly they [the new members] are adding a different perspective and third they are adding geographic representation, so that a different part of the world will be represented in the MEF,” says Chen.

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