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MEF Absorbs EFMA

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) this week announced that it will absorb the Ethernet in the First Mile Alliance (EFMA) as the two organizations look to push a common agenda of carrier-class Ethernet standards (see MEF Absorbs EFMA).

The merger isn't Earth-shattering news -- most members of the EFMA are also members of the MEF. Rather than having members resubscribe to the EFMA at the beginning of 2005, they simply joined the MEF. Two EFMA members that didn't belong to the MEF -- Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERICY) and Actelis Networks Inc. -- have now joined, says Nan Chen, President of the MEF.

A full listing of the MEF membership is here

How do members get in? “They have to pay for it,” says Chen. Members pay $15,000 a year for the MEF, which is about double the EFMA membership rate.

Chen says that a lot of the work being undertaken by the MEF now relates to defining the interface between metro and access networks, so it made sense for the two organizations to merge.

"A lot of the EFMA work was focused on IEEE 802.3ah," says Chen. "This [merger] allows us to inherit the relationship with the IEEE."

Some of the new intiatives that the MEF is working on include MEF 10, which defines Ethernet service attributes, with the goal of standardizing traffic management issues; and MEF 11, which defines a user-to-network interface (UNI) for carrier-class Ethernet.

— Peter Heywood, Founding Editor, and R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading

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