MEF Interconnect Program Targets Small Carriers
SAN FRANCISCO -- The MEF Services Interconnect Program (MEF-SI) launched today by the MEF will give hundreds of wholesale Carrier Ethernet Operators the opportunity to grow their businesses by helping them quickly offer standards-compliant Carrier Ethernet services for their customers.
This new program – designed for Carrier Ethernet Operators around the globe with revenues of less than US$50 million per year – allows Operators to participate in the MEF’s E-Access and future E-Transit service certification programs without being required to be a MEF member. MEF-SI participants also have access to MEF marketing platforms and training tools designed to enable them to increase their revenues in the rapidly growing Carrier Ethernet wholesale services market.
The MEF-SI Program complements the MEF Ethernet Interconnect Points (EIP) project, which is another important industry-shaping initiative addressing one of the primary challenges of offering Carrier Ethernet services: the need of Carriers to provide end-to-end services over network segments they do not own or control. The Carrier Ethernet services market relies on hundreds of Carrier Ethernet Operators around the world to provide wholesale Ethernet services to Service Providers that do not have their own network infrastructure in specific geographies where their Carrier Ethernet Subscribers have sites located.
By offering MEF-certified E-Access and future E-Transit services, Carrier Ethernet Operators enable their Carrier Ethernet Service Provider customers to identify the fastest and most effective route to create end-to-end end CE 2.0 services (E-Line, E-LAN or E-Tree) in the geography supported by the Carrier Ethernet Operator. CE 2.0 certification also differentiates Operators from those offering non-standards compliant Ethernet services.
The first two companies to join the MEF Services Interconnect program are ESB Telecoms in Ireland and F6 Networks in Canada.