Carrier Ethernet 2.0?

How should we define a new kind of Ethernet service?

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

April 28, 2008

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Carrier Ethernet 2.0?

8:10 AM -- Ethernet is a hard term to define in the carrier world. After all, modern implementations of Ethernet barely resemble what first showed up in office networks as the alternative to a medieval-sounding technology called Token Ring.

To date, hasn't carrier Ethernet been a new service that was sort of defined by its legacy connection?

Moving on from there, carriers now need to do more than simply provide a point-to-point Ethernet connection, regardless of the access media used.

The next generation of carrier Ethernet involves knowing more about what's riding on each connection, all over the network. And a next-gen carrier Ethernet would be one where the connection is controlled, or at least monitored closely, by the originating service provider, even across third-party networks. The service-level agreement would hold up, no matter where in the world the service itself extended.

The thing to note here is that this is coming from the carriers themselves. For more, check out this report on LRTV, where the topic of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 is discussed by executives from ANDA Networks Inc. , MEF , Global Cloud Xchange , and Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF):


We haven't got all the kinks worked out in this new term. But it's important to start talking about it now, and defining this new generation of carrier Ethernet, even as the term "Ethernet" itself becomes less specific than it used to be.

— Phil Harvey, Editor, Light Reading

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Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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