Three tips for making NFV a reality in 2016

The outgoing 2015 was a year of transition for network-function virtualization (NFV) deployment. It was a year in which carriers were looking for a proof of concept and initial commercial deployment. In 2016, this trend is expected to intensify further, and NFV will be deployed live and in projects such as vCPE and vEPC. Communication service providers (CSPs) must therefore address the challenges neglected so far. Some of these challenges include security, performance, return on investment (ROI), carrier-grade and interoperability with existing networks, Operational Support Systems (OSS) and Business Support…

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T-Marc 3306 for mobile backhaul, a value-optimized CE 2.0 1GE demarcation device

T-Marc 3306 CPE demarcation device is an advanced 1GE network interface device (NID) for delivering and managing business services and mobile backhaul for multi-carrier networks. This device represents the ideal combination of affordability and capability, as it combines 8Gb switching capacity, Layer 2 QoS and HQoS functionality, high resiliency, and a host of essential features in a compact 1RU design. T-Marc 3306 integrates seamlessly and quickly into any network, guaranteeing the security, performance and access required to ensure delivery of next-generation Carrier Ethernet (CE) business services. It is suitable for carrier…

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EdgeGenie Orchestrator is first to feature embedded OpenDayLight OpenStack controllers

Telco Systems’ industry-leading EdgeGenie Orchestrator advanced network management system just got a whole lot better.  It now features the embedded OpenDayLight controller to supports OpenFlow Software-Defined Networking (SDN) devices and the OpenStack Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) controller as well. EdgeGenie Orchestrator is a comprehensive platform for end-to-end management across the entire service provider network which today is often composed of legacy, Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 and SDN/NFV.  It provides a complete solution for the full life cycle of network deployment, from planning to managing, monitoring and maintaining network services. In addition to…

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How to offer off-net services or use your network to get more revenues

Many service providers often come across cases where they need to provide service to a customer with a branch outside of their network coverage area. 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. Global…

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Transport Networks for Mobile Operators 2013 – Trends in Mobile Backhaul

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…

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All you need to know on CE 2.0 E-Access

In 2012, the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) defined a new Ethernet service type, called Ethernet Access, or E-Access. The new service type was added to the three defined service types: E-LINE, E-TREE and E-LAN. Two service providers with adjacent territories typically offer E-Access. This service can also include in the offerings of a wholesale Ethernet access provider to service providers, who have customers beyond the coverage area of their network. This might require them to extend their service reach beyond the network coverage area. Any Ethernet service that is based on…

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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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Does your network allow to differentiate your services?

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…

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News from the MEF quarterly meeting – CE 2.0, SDN and more

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…

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What are the benefits of MEF CE 2.0 certification program?

Carrier Ethernet equipment vendors wish to ensure that their products meet customers’ requirements and conform to the Carrier Ethernet specifications and highest quality standards. One of the ways ensure this, is by getting certification for your product and services by a well established professional organization, such as the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). The Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) program is the MEF framework, through which service providers and equipment vendors can demonstrate their compliance with globally recognized MEF Carrier Ethernet service specifications. CE 2.0 standards accelerate the deployment of Carrier…

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