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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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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