MEF stretches Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification to 100G

June 8, 2015

MEFA Significant Opportunity for Higher Bandwidth and Network Capacity to Economically Meet the Demand for Dynamic Services
The MEF has announced that it has extended its Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certification Program to include network equipment used for delivering E-Line and E-Access services up to 100 Gigabits per second.

The new 100G certification opens the way to compliant Carrier Ethernet services delivered at speeds that are an order of magnitude faster for highly demanding customers.

“CE 2.0 certification is foundational for supporting the shift to dynamic “Third Network” connectivity services delivered over more automated, interconnected networks,” said Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer of the MEF. “Driven by data center interconnection and peering relationships, 100G performance represents the next step in transforming metro network deployments and scaling cloud-centric connectivity services across the globe. Service providers and equipment makers have been asking for a certification program for Carrier Ethernet faster than 10G, and the MEF is delighted to extend the program to 100G today.”

Gint Atkinson, Vice President, Network Strategy & Architecture, KVH said: “In March 2013 KVH became Japan’s first service provider offering 100Gigabit Ethernet Service.  With a unified MEF certified service platform that includes SDN and multi-service orchestration, we have been eagerly waiting for the 100G CE 2.0 certification to become defined and available for testing.  We are very excited for this release.”

CE 2.0 100G certification focuses on point-to-point E-Line and E-Access services with added test cases covering the full set of 100G service attributes such as performance and bandwidth profiles. Network equipment vendor members of the MEF are invited to register with Iometrix – the MEF’s official test laboratory – by 30 May 2015 for the CE 2.0 100G Testing Pilot Phase.

The first group of CE 2.0 100G certified companies and equipment will be announced at the GEN15 global networking event that will be held during 16 – 19 November 2015 at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

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