& cplSiteName &

MEF: CE 2.0 Certification Pipeline Filling Up

Dan O'Shea
1/10/2014
50%
50%

The number of service providers attaining Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification through the Metro Ethernet Forum is set to jump quickly in 2014, with 10-12 providers engaged in the certification process as of the fourth quarter of 2013, an MEF official told us.

Daniel Bar-Lev, director of certification and strategic programs for the MEF , said the number of providers in the process of earning service certification last quarter was roughly equal to the combined number of carriers engaged in the process during the first three quarters of 2013.

Bar-Lev and MEF COO Kevin Vachon disputed the perception that CE 2.0 certification has been a bust. They said the number of service providers certified for CE 2.0 in the first year after the program began is twice the number of carriers that were certified for CE 1.0 (which at the time covered the MEF 9 and MEF 14 specifications) in the first year of that program. (See: Is 2014 the Year of Carrier Ethernet 2.0?)

They admitted the CE 2.0 process is moving slowly, though to some degree the current pace was expected. "It's not a requirement, but before service providers get their own services certified, they want to use equipment that is CE 2.0 certified," Bar-Lev said. "They didn't have a clear picture of that before. They also need to make their own business decisions about CE 2.0 and get their engineering teams and roadmaps organized toward that goal, and I think that took a little more time than they themselves expected."

About 29 vendors are listed on the MEF website as being CE 2.0 certified. "The vendors also need to need to fit this into their own product roadmaps and strategies," Bar-Lev said.

For both carriers and vendors, the CE 2.0 certification process takes about three months. About one month is spent on internal preparations. Another month is devoted to the actual testing, and the third is spent evaluating and discussing the results. The name of the company is then added to the MEF's public certification registry; the timing is usually based on the individual company's desire to publicize the information. Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) became the first service provider to be CE 2.0 certified last February (See: Comcast Nabs Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certification.)

Research from Heavy Reading last summer indicated that about 80% of service providers surveyed expected to have at least one service CE 2.0 certified by the middle of 2015. Earlier Heavy Reading research had suggested CE 2.0 adoption would not begin en masse before 2014, so the sector looks to be entering a roughly year-and-a-half-long window that could see a lot of CE 2.0 activity. (See: SDN Will Reshape Ethernet Services Landscape and Operators Like CE 2.0 – So Far.)

"When we announced CE 2.0 in 2012, we knew it would take a fairly substantial amount of time for carriers to get their heads around it and decide to buy in," Vachon said. "But regarding their interest, the answer has been an overwhelming 'yes.'" (See: MEF Sticks a '2.0' on Carrier Ethernet.)

— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading

(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
DOShea
50%
50%
DOShea,
User Rank: Blogger
1/12/2014 | 2:38:59 PM
What's in a name?
On the subject of a potential name change for the MEF, Vachon said that's something that was proposed 4-5 years ago, but ultimately membership felt there was still a lot of value in the existing name. He noted the group mostly identifies itself by the acronym, rather than the full Metro Ethernet Forum name.
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
From The Founder
The independent evaluation of Nokia's key virtual network functions (VNFs) was a defining moment for the Finnish giant.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP’s Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it’s going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
Cisco's Innovations in Cable

5|26|16   |   03:18   |   (0) comments


Marc Aldrich from Cisco discusses the latest in security, the evolution and momentum for CCAP and what the industry will be seeing next from Cisco.
LRTV Documentaries
Leading Lights 2016 Highlights

5|25|16   |   02:26   |   (1) comment


Some of the high points from this year's Leading Lights awards dinner at the Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas.
LRTV Documentaries
Light Reading Hall of Fame 2016

5|23|16   |   05:43   |   (0) comments


Find out who has been welcomed into Light Reading's Hall of Fame this year.
LRTV Custom TV
ZTE TM Forum Highlights

5|23|16   |     |   (0) comments


ZTE showcased its new ICT solutions at TM Forum in Nice.
LRTV Interviews
Gamma's MD on the Emergence of UC2

5|20|16   |     |   (0) comments


Gamma Communications Managing Director David Macfarlane believes the unified communications (UC) market has reached a tipping point.
LRTV Custom TV
The Ultimate 5-Minute Guide to Digital Customer Engagement

5|20|16   |     |   (0) comments


In this short video, you will hear all about how Digital Customer Engagement is the key to meeting customer expectations, keeping them happy, and maximizing revenue. VP Product & Marketing at Pontis, Ofer Razon, breaks down for us the five essential capabilities for successful Digital Customer Engagement. Don’t miss!
LRTV Custom TV
NFV in 2016: Part 1 – NFV Use Cases Get Real

5|19|16   |   05:57   |   (0) comments


Consensus is building around the key use cases for NFV, including managed IP services at the network edge and on customer premises, which can generate new revenues from enterprises/SMBs and consumers; Evolved Packet Core to support LTE migration; and adjacent technologies, such as TAS and IMS, to support VoLTE and next-generation charging and policy control ...
LRTV Custom TV
Nokia's Steve Vogelsang on NFV – Part 3

5|19|16   |     |   (0) comments


Steve Vogelsang discusses the challenges of operational transformation and how Nokia helps its customers. Join Steve at the Big Communications Event in Austin the morning of May 24, on his keynote and optical networking panel.
LRTV Interviews
Level 3: Why UC Is In Demand

5|17|16   |   04:12   |   (1) comment


Andrew Edison, Level 3's senior VP of sales, EMEA region, talks about the drivers of growth in the unified communications services market.
LRTV Custom TV
ARM's OPNFV Action

5|17|16   |     |   (0) comments


At the ARM booth at MWC 2016, Joe Kidder and Bob Monkman speak to Light Reading about OPNFV and their upcoming action.
LRTV Custom TV
Nokia's Steve Vogelsang on NFV – Part 2

5|16|16   |     |   (0) comments


Steve Vogelsang gives advice to service providers on how to move to NFV. Join Steve at the Big Communications Event in Austin the morning of May 24, on his keynote and optical networking panel.
LRTV Interviews
Interoute CTO on NFV's Maturity

5|13|16   |   06:46   |   (1) comment


Matt Finnie, CTO at international operator Interoute, explains how NFV has made life easier in terms of logistics and how Interoute can now enable a 'software-defined moment' for its customers.
Upcoming Live Events
September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
December 6-8, 2016,
June 16-18, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
A new survey conducted by Heavy Reading and TM Forum shows that CSPs around the world see the move to digital operations as a necessary part of their overall virtualization strategies.
Hot Topics
DT: Telcos Must Escape Vendor Prison
Iain Morris, News Editor, 5/24/2016
AT&T to Start 5G 'Friendly' Trial by 2016 End
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 5/24/2016
Cisco's Patel Hails 'Microculture' Successes
Iain Morris, News Editor, 5/26/2016
AT&T's Margaret Chiosi Retires
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 5/25/2016
Cable Is Eyeing Its Retail Options
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/25/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
In this latest installment of the CEO Chat series, Craig Labovitz, co-founder and CEO of Deepfield, sits down with Light Reading's Steve Saunders in Light Reading's New York City office to discuss how Deepfield fits in with the big data trend and more.
Grant van Rooyen, president and CEO of Cologix, sits down with Steve Saunders, founder and CEO of Light Reading, in the vendor's New Jersey facility to offer an inside look at the company's success story and discuss the importance of security in the telecom industry.
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Our world has evolved through innovation from the Industrial Revolution of the 1740s to the information age, and it is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by technology. Technology is driving a paradigm shift in the way digital solutions deliver a connected world, changing the way we live, communicate and provide solutions. It can have a powerful impact on how we tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. In this radio show, Caroline Dowling, President of Communications Infrastructure & Enterprise Computing at Flex, will join Women in Comms Director Sarah Thomas to discuss the impact technology has on society and how it can be a game-changer across the globe; improving lives and creating a smarter world. Dowling, a Cork, Ireland, native and graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, will also discuss her experience managing an international team focused on innovation in an age of high-speed change.