Typically, they could go to one of their competitors covering the customer’s branch area, which most likely would not give them the most attractive pricing, as they would prefer to offer the service needed themselves, or, they can go to an inter-connect company, which offers bandwidth and connectivity to providers around the globe . An example of this type of interconnect provider is Global Capacity. Continue reading
It all started two weeks ago in a sudden phone call. On the line was an MEF marketing manager asking me if I wanted to represent MEF in the TNMO Conference in London, speaking about CE 2.0 initiatives related to mobile backhaul. Do I want to speak on mobile backhaul? And on behalf of MEF? What is there to think about?
Two days later, I had my travel arrangements sorted out, and off we went.
MEF is putting a lot of focus on pushing and aligning its standards, educational papers and implementation agreements with the fast paced progress of the mobile backhaul environment. MEF 22.1 is an implementation agreement that was written to address some of the LTE and even 3G requirements, highlighting and recommending the requirements on resiliency and protection, service management, performance objectives and cross Class of Service (CoS) level service mapping.
ITU-T Y.1564, also sometimes called (by mistake) “EtherSAM” - which refers to the draft of Y.1564 named Y.156sam, but while these names are in some cases used interchangeably there are some important differences between them. In this article we will refer to the rectified Y.1564.
Y.1564 is a QoS and network performance ITU-T Ethernet-based service test methodology. This out-of-service testing procedures test service turn-up, installation and troubleshooting of Ethernet-based services with the goal of assuring and verifying committed service level agreement (SLA) performances.
What makes this standard unique is that it allows for complete validation of Ethernet SLA in one test. Continue reading
In 2012, the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) defined a new Ethernet Service Type, called Ethernet Access, or E-Access, to be added to the three defined service types: E-LINE, E-TREE and E-LAN. This service type is typically offered by two service providers with adjacent territories, or by a wholesale Ethernet access provider to service providers who have customers beyond the coverage area of their network, thus requiring them to extend their service reach beyond the network coverage area.
Any Ethernet service that is based on an Operator Virtual Connection (OVC) that associates at least one OVC End Point at a UNI (“e” or “f” in the figure below), and at least one OVC End Point at an E-NNI (“b” or “c” in the figure below), is designated as an Ethernet Access (E-Access) Service type.
On February 21st a group of Carrier Ethernet Experts met at the Orange Lab Facility in Paris to launch MEF activities in France.
The purpose of the meeting was to raise the profile of Carrier Ethernet in France and discuss how the MEF can better educate French service providers as well as to facilitate discussions on CE2.0 and E-Access.
A variety of Service Providers and Equipment Manufacturers attended the meeting. Continue reading
With COMPTEL PLUS coming to Las Vegas in a couple of days, I can’t help but recall my marketing experience at a competitive communication service provider. As a marketing executive, I would receive calls from eager equipment vendors who wanted my support for their product. My first question to them always was, “Does your gear provide me the ability to differentiate my services relative to the competition?”. The answer was invariably, “No.”, although their response was typically much longer, and belabored than a simple “No.”. I’d respond, “Then you should be speaking with our engineering staff on topics like reduced cost, ease of implementation, and superior technical support.” Needless to say, I didn’t make too many friends in the sales departments of equipment vendors. Continue reading
Last week I participated in the Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) quarterly meeting in San-Diego, California.
This time around, along with marketing and technical sessions that are used by the MEF members to discuss Carrier Ethernet trends and develop Carrier Ethernet standards, they also organized ”Americas Carrier Ethernet Summit” that brought together senior service provider executives to discuss Ethernet innovation. One of them was Dr. Robert Metcalfe, “the inventor of the Ethernet”, from the University of Texas at Austin who suggests that Carrier Ethernet 3.0 will be driven by new high-speed network technology, advanced broadband applications, and software-defined networking (SDN). As an MEF advisory director, he urged the MEF to collaborate with the Open Network Forum (ONF), a consortium looking to develop SDN standards. Continue reading
As a leading Carrier Ethernet equipment vendor, we want to ensure our products meet the customers’ requirements and conform to the latest Carrier Ethernet specifications and highest quality standards. Playing an active role in the MEF committees for many years allows us to help standardize Carrier Ethernet, contribute to the various technical specifications, and lead the market by introducing standards conforming products prior to most other vendors.
The new Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification program for service providers and equipment vendors was launched by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) in 2012. Telco Systems is among the first group of vendors who were certified. The completion of the first round of certification was announced in the MEF quarterly meeting on Feb 2013. Telco Systems is one of only a few vendors who passed all 680 test cases and proved its products strictly conform to the CE 2.0 standard.
At the ATCA Summit 2012 in California, it was evident that 40G AdvancedTCA® solutions are ready for mass deployments, and that the demand for 40G switching blades is growing. Few ATCA solutions providers presented 40GE solutions in the 2011 show. Telco Systems, a pioneer in ATCA solutions, was among the few leaders to present such products, including the release of its award winning T-ATCA404 switch blade. With the completion of the 40G PICMG specification in 2012, more 40GE capable elements (blades, chassis and others) have been introduced. One interesting example is payload blades. We expect to see more of the market followers introducing new products that will be released only towards the end of 2013/beginning of 2014.