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  • Understanding CE 2.0 Service Assurance - Can It Generate Revenue? Understanding CE 2.0 Service Assurance - Can It Generate Revenue? Bruno Giguere - MEF, Christopher Cullan - InfoVista, Eric Leser - Spectrum Enterprise Recorded: Jan 18 2017 62 mins
    Service assurance encompasses the procedures used to monitor a network service and maintain a particular service quality. Learn how MEF has tackled this topic to enable Service Providers to deliver high-value Carrier Ethernet (CE) services that are fully assured and can deliver the service quality required in today’s competitive business service and carrier-to-carrier markets. This webinar begins with the key business drivers, CE 2.0's performance attributes and best practices for measuring CE 2.0 service performance. With multiple transport technologies, legacy tools, proprietary instrumentation, interoperability challenges as well as other related service assurance standards, these factors conspire making it difficult to understand and leverage best practices. CE 2.0 product owners, network engineering and OSS engineering will benefit from this webinar by better understanding the potential return on investment to be gained from adopting these best practices. Attendees will also learn how to simplify management, accelerate delivery and turn-up of existing services, and new service launches.
  • Considerations for Deploying Virtual Network Functions and Services Considerations for Deploying Virtual Network Functions and Services Bruno Giguere - MEF; Mike Sapien - Ovum, Diego Lopez - ETSI NFV ISG; Ralph Santitoro - Fujitsu Recorded: Jan 12 2017 54 mins
    This webinar discusses considerations for implementing NFV to add new virtual network functions and virtual network services onto foundational Carrier Ethernet (CE) connectivity services. The webinar discusses terminology and use cases for different deployment models for virtual network functions at the customer premises or within the service provider’s data center or central office. The webinar also discusses different business and operational considerations when deploying NFV using Network Interface Devices (NIDs) and vCPE at the customer premises for different network functions and services.
  • LSO Innovations Platform for Rapidly Introducing New Network Functionality LSO Innovations Platform for Rapidly Introducing New Network Functionality Daniel Bar-Lev, Dir. of Strategic Programs - MEF; Sarit Target, VP of R&D, SDN, LSO, Apps - ECI Telecom Recorded: Jan 10 2017 36 mins
    MEF's LSO Innovation Platform is a valuable tool for technology providers to develop and test both service orchestration functionality and business applications incrementally. Traditionally, service orchestration and business applications have been the domain of monolithic OSS/BSS systems that precluded the rapid introduction of new functionality. MEF's LSO Innovation Platform upends that approach and enables any best-of-breed analytics, assurance, control, fulfillment, performance, policy, security and usage functionality to be rapidly introduced into service provider environments. This webinar will provide a business-oriented explanation of the LSO Innovation Platform and explain its importance to service providers and technology providers in the telecom and cloud services market
  • Achieving Optimal Performance Through Smart Mobile Backhaul Network Design Achieving Optimal Performance Through Smart Mobile Backhaul Network Design Bruno Giguere - MEF; Julius Robson - Small Cell Forum; Glenn Parsons - Ericsson; Rami Yaron - Telco Systems Recorded: Sep 8 2016 61 mins
    To meet the increase in mobile devices and the demand for more bandwidth, as well as high quality of service (QoS) and experience (QoE) for users, operators are deploying new types of infrastructure and technologies, such as Small Cells, carrier-grade Wi-Fi, distributed antenna systems (DAS), and remote radio heads (RHH), among others.

    These new technologies impose different requirements on the backhaul network in order to achieve better user experience. Therefore, operators must have a clear strategy to improve their current mobile backhaul networks. Mobile backhaul network design may determine the capacity and performance of the mobile network.

    This webinar will cover current and future work of MEF with regard to mobile backhaul for LTE/ LTE- Advance Small Cells, including:

    -Optimizing your network for LTE Advance Small Cell backhaul
    -Assessing the impact of Small Cells’ synchronization and coordination on the backhaul
    -Outlining requirements for synchronization and latency, site-to-site communication
    -Best practices in LTE-Advance and Small Cell backhaul transition
  • Business Benefits of Becoming a MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional Business Benefits of Becoming a MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional Erin Dunne-Vertical Systems Group; John Morgan-Level 3; Tammy Famularo-Charter Comm.; Craig Easley-Carrier Ethernet Academy Recorded: Jun 21 2016 68 mins
    This webinar will present findings from the first independent study to measure the value of MEF’s Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) certification program. Conducted by Vertical Systems Group, the research study was focused on gaining objective input directly from MEF-CECPs to analyze if and how certification actually impacts job performance, career advancement and company success in the Carrier Ethernet (CE) market.

    The research study is based on responses from 330 MEF-CECPs from 38 countries worldwide who work for service providers, equipment vendors, software suppliers and other firms. Highlights of the findings include an effectiveness rating of 9 out of 10 for improvements in the typical CE sales process and even higher on order processing flow improvements.

    In this webinar, two leading service providers with more than 450 MEF-CECPs in their organizations (Level 3 Communications & Charter Communications) will provide testimonials on the value of MEF-CECP certification and share the business benefits that can be reaped by having a highly skilled CE-focused professional work force.
  • MEF CE 2.0: Foundation to Agile, Assure & Orchestrated Third Network Services MEF CE 2.0: Foundation to Agile, Assure & Orchestrated Third Network Services Emerson Moura, Sys. Engr., Cisco; Andres Ramos Acosta, Prod. Mgr., Internexa; Andres Madero, Director SP Arch., Infinera Recorded: Jun 9 2016 78 mins
    This webinar for the CALA region will be held in Spanish with supporting slides in English.

    A significant transformation is taking place in data communications networks that is accelerating the ability to deliver on-demand services with unprecedented user control over interconnected networks. MEF refers to this transformation and the underlying network that deliver these services as the “Third Network.” The Third Network combines the on-demand agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0.

    As the global defining standards development body for Carrier Ethernet for the past 15 years, MEF has accelerated the growth and adoption of CE services through its specifications, service definitions and information models that are agnostic to the underlying transport technology used to deliver them. MEF offers certification programs for CE services, network equipment and individuals.

    Lifecycle service orchestration (LSO) is a key enabler to deliver Network as a Service as defined in MEF’s Third Network vision. The objective of the Third Network is to provide an on-demand cloud-centric experience with unprecedented levels of user control over the network’s capabilities. Such capabilities are orchestrated between physical and virtual service endpoints across multiple networks and technology domains.

    This webinar will present MEF CE 2.0 as the foundation upon which to build Third Network services. This webinar will provide a description of retail and wholesale services and also cover the MEF certification programs (professionals, services and equipment). Finally, a brief overview of agile, assured and orchestrated Third Network services powered by CE 2.0, LSO, SDN and NFV will be presented.
  • Ethernet Interconnect Points – Paving the Way to Third Network Services Ethernet Interconnect Points – Paving the Way to Third Network Services Stan Hubbard - MEF, Dan Blemings - AT&T, Tim Sheehan - UNH-IOL, Jeff Brown - Windstream Recorded: Mar 23 2016 50 mins
    Carrier Ethernet is the digital fuel for the global digital economy and the foundation upon which to build new dynamic, assured, and orchestrated services for the hyper-connected world. But a lack of standardization for interconnecting Ethernet service providers and operators is hindering market growth and efficiency. Most Ethernet interconnects today are non-standard, custom-built Network-to-Network Interconnections (NNIs), which impedes market scalability.

    More than a dozen MEF Member service providers and technology suppliers have participated in the MEF Ethernet Interconnect Points (EIP) project to leverage existing MEF standards for CE interconnection. Phase 1 of the EIP project involved the creation of an Ethernet Interconnect Point Implementation Guideline that recommends how to effectively use standardized Ethernet Network-to-Network Interfaces (ENNIs). This initial guideline focuses on the most basic Ethernet E-Access configuration possible, and new guidelines will advance in complexity over time. The guidelines will help the industry rapidly scale and reduce complexity.

    This webinar will explore where the market is heading, technical expectations, operational obstacles that may be encountered, and the need for operators to effectively manage the transition as the market moves to standardization. Service providers who buy wholesale Ethernet services from operators and interconnect their networks to create multi-network end-to-end retail CE services should attend this webinar to be better informed to make decisions on their journey towards leveraging standardized interconnections.
  • Defining LSO Related to SDN & NFV Defining LSO Related to SDN & NFV Jack Pugaczewski, Distinguished Architect, CenturyLink Recorded: Mar 18 2016 2 mins
    Jack Pugaczewski, Distinguished Architect at CenturyLink, defines Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) as a framework that allows automation of service fulfillment and assurance and provides a well defined architecture for developing API.
  • New Dynamic & Assured Third Network Services Powered by LSO New Dynamic & Assured Third Network Services Powered by LSO Stan Hubbard - MEF, Rosemary Cochran - Vertical Systems Group, Adam Saenger, Level 3 Communications Recorded: Feb 25 2016 61 mins
    The Carrier Ethernet market is evolving from static connectivity services toward dynamic "Third Network" services that provide an on-demand, assured, and secure experience with user-directed control over network resources and cloud connectivity. To assess the impact of this transition, the MEF recently worked with Vertical Systems Group on a new study, "Dynamic ‘Third Network’ Connectivity Services Enabled By LSO, SDN & NFV", that involved a global survey of service providers, technology vendors, and other industry professionals.

    This webinar will cover key findings from the survey and also includes additional insight gained from real-world service provider experiences in offering dynamic network services. Among other things, we will explore:

    -How and when revenue-generating dynamic services will impact the market
    -The drivers, benefits, and challenges of deploying dynamic services
    -Available & planned dynamic capabilities that customers can control on their own networks, and
    -The role and relative importance that LSO, SDN & NFV will play alongside CE 2.0 in driving the market forward.
  • Embracing the Third Network Embracing the Third Network Nan Chen, President of MEF and Co-founder & Exec Vice Chair, CENX Recorded: Nov 17 2015 5 mins
    Whereas the first network could be described as the Internet, a consumer-based best-effort approach, and the second network is business-focused and based on Carrier Ethernet 2.0 or MPLS, then the Third Network combines the best of both with Internet-like agility and ubiquity plus CE-like performance and security. That is the vision from the MEF, which was first articulated in 2014. Since then, the MEF has been encouraged by the response from industry and is now working with other standards groups and the open source community to realize the full potential of the Third Network.

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