How can service provider maintain older legacy equipment while gradually upgrading to Carrier Ethernet?

Although President Donald Trump has committed to invest heavily in infrastructure, experience shows that utilities and government entities are not rushing to upgrade their networks and some of them prefer to continue using TDM and SONET. Read more

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Telco Systems personnel receive prestigious awards for contributions to the MEF

Rami Yaron, VP of Strategy and Business Development for Telco Systems and Co-Chair of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Global Marketing Committee, was named an Outstanding Contributor in recognition of his contribution that went “above and beyond” in driving forward the work of the MEF and its mission. Those selected for the Outstanding Contributor Award represent the MEF leaders and participants whose substantial contributions in one or more of the committees proved instrumental in shaping and progressing works of the MEF, including those who contributed to the development of MEF’s new…

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Where MEF CE2.0 and NFV Meet

CEWC EMEA conference this year was a great place to meet many familiar faces, especially from the service provider community. We were also able to meet some new faces, as this year SDN and NFV conference was held in parallel with the Carrier Ethernet show. Many are wondering – how are the two topics related? One is comprised of novel concepts, like how to virtualize some of the inline network functionality while running it on COTS servers at the data center. The other is the de-facto emerging transport technology in the…

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Differentiating a carrier-grade service offering

Why should any customer choose your service over that of your competitors? Providers seek to differentiate their offerings in many ways, but the really important feature is not so much added functionality as how well each function is implemented and the quality of experience it providers the end-users. Firstly, there must be some way to measure and quantify Carrier Ethernet or MPLS service parameters to be sure they meet the required availability, reliability and performance requirements for end-to-end voice, video, data or converged services. You cannot guarantee levels and qualities…

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One network, many services – and the vital role of OAM

Service providers need better management and control of their networks to support new revenue generating services. Operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) functions must be part of the network if they are to deliver Carrier Ethernet services with the assurance of committed levels of SLA and QoS. What are the relevant OAM standards and how do they help improve business services, cloud based services and backhaul network service delivery to allow better service verification and management? It is not enough for service providers simply to provide dumb pipe connectivity, allowing others…

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Future trends in automating and improving global scalability of Ethernet Services

Last week, I participated in the Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) quarterly meeting in Montreal, Canada, that was also host to the Service Operations Summit which examined the challenges and opportunities that our industry faces in automating and improving global scalability of Ethernet Services. The speakers covered a wealth of topics, including: Ethernet service growth the enterprise perspective of the technical and operational challenges of deploying and maintaining networks that span numerous service providers the need for easing service delivery by automating parts of the processes involved and being able to…

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High Density Service Aggregation Requirements

As the gap between stagnating service revenues and the demand for higher bandwidth grows, providers are looking for ways to better control their expenses while offering higher bandwidth and more services to more customers. Typically today, an access network will be built from three distinct layers – the demarcation layer which will separate the domains of the different operators or service providers from the end users, the aggregation layer which will aggregate direct links or access rings, and the edge of the core which is typically aggregating the aggregation switches…

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Launch of MEF France

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.

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