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Embracing the Third Network

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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Nan Chen, President of MEF and Co-founder & Exec Vice Chair, CENX
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  • SD-WAN Managed Services: Terminology, Use Cases, Challenges and MEF Work Recorded: Aug 9 2017 65 mins
    Stan Hubbard - MEF; Peter Agnew - Colt; Ralph Santitoro - Fujitsu Network Communications
    SD-WANs have become very popular because they solve current business challenges while leveraging new SDN, NFV, orchestration and cloud technologies. Enterprises have been building SD-WANs for several years but prefer to have a service provider manage the service for them rather than build and operate it themselves. Service providers are challenged to quickly introduce new SD-WAN managed services due to the lack of standardization of service definitions and architectures. Today, SD-WANs come in all types and flavors. In this webinar, you will learn about the MEF's SD-WAN standardization work and different use cases from the perspective of two SD-WAN managed service providers (MSPs) with different delivery models. The webinar will discuss the market drivers and business benefits for SD-WAN managed services and how MEF standardization of SD-WAN services using the LSO reference architecture could address current operational challenges to accelerate service delivery.
  • EIP: Construyendo el Camino a los Servicios de la Tercera Red Recorded: Jun 29 2017 54 mins
    Emerson Moura - Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco & MEF CALA Marketing Co-chair
    Carrier Ethernet es el combustible para la economía digital global y la base sobre la cual se construye nuevos servicios dinámicos, seguros y orquestados para el mundo hiper_conectado. Pero la falta de estandarización para interconectar proveedores y operadores de servicios Ethernet es un obstáculo para el crecimiento y la eficiencia del mercado. Actualmente, la mayoría de las interconexiones Ethernet son interconexiones de red a red (NNI) no estándar y personalizadas, lo que impide escalar el mercado. Más de una docena de proveedores de servicios y proveedores de tecnología miembros del MEF han participado en el proyecto MEF para crear Puntos de Interconexión Ethernet (Ethernet Interconnect Points o EIP) aprovechando los estándares existentes para interconexión CE. La primera fase del proyecto EIP involucró la creación de una Directriz de Implementación de Punto de Interconexión Ethernet que recomienda cómo usar las Interfaces Estándar de Red a Red (ENNIs) de forma eficaz. Esta guía inicial se enfoca en la configuración de servicios de acceso Ethernet (E-Access) de una manera simple, y las nuevas directrices avanzarán en complejidad con en el tiempo. Las directrices ayudarán a la industria a escalar rápidamente y reducir complejidad.

    Este webinar explorará dónde se dirige el mercado, las expectativas técnicas, los obstáculos operacionales que pueden surgir y la necesidad de que los operadores gestionen eficazmente la transición a medida que el mercado avanza hacia la estandarización. Este seminario apunta a aquellos proveedores de servicios que compran servicios de Ethernet mayoristas de operadorese interconectan sus redes para crear servicios CE minoristas de extremo a extremo pasando por múltiples redes. También se compartirá informaciones que pueden ser importantes para la toma de decisiones mientras desarrolla su estrategia de cómo sacar total provecho de interconexiones Ethernet estandarizadas.
  • Winning Strategies for Preparing MEF 2017 Award Submissions Recorded: Jun 27 2017 28 mins
    Stan Hubbard, MEF17 Program Director, and Rosemary Cochran, Principal & Co-founder, Vertical Systems Group
    MEF's prestigious annual Awards Program, now in its 12th year, is the world's largest, longest-running awards program. It focuses on leadership in emerging Third Network services powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), NFV, SDN, and CE 2.0 networking technologies. The MEF 2017 Awards program recognizes service, application, technology, and professional excellence in the vibrant global Third Network community committed to delivering innovative solutions that are optimized for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. The most advanced services typically provide an on-demand experience with user-directed control over service capabilities and are delivered over more automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks.

    This webinar that will help you identify the award categories in which your company excels. Attend and learn how to prepare an excellent award submission. We will cover:
    -MEF award categories and important dates
    -How to use the award submissions portal
    -Tips for writing concise, compelling submissions

    The deadline for submissions is September 13, 2017. Awards finalists will be announced on October 17, 2017.

    This is an excellent opportunity to have all of your questions answered and will help you to get one step closer to being an award winner.
  • Adopting MEF’s SAT Power Play for Improved Testing Efficiency Recorded: Mar 29 2017 50 mins
    Bruno Giguere - MEF; Eric Leser - Spectrum Enterprise; Mike Bencheck - Siama Systems
    Service Activation Testing (SAT) plays an important role in MEF’s Third Network vision of delivering agile, assured, and orchestrated connectivity services. MEF 48 (SAT), MEF 46 (Latching Loopback) and MEF 49 (SAT Control Protocol and PDU Formats) specifications make up a framework for standardized testing and troubleshooting of Carrier Ethernet-based services for service providers. Collectively these specifications are known as the MEF SAT Power Play. These specifications can be used all together or individually to comprehensively test Carrier Ethernet-based services. The webinar will discuss the important relationship between MEF’s SAT specifications and the work of other standards developing organizations (SDOs), such as IETF RFC 2544 and ITU-T Y.1564. Discover the many benefits of MEF’s SAT Power Play including improved testing efficiency for retail and wholesale Ethernet service deployments, boosting customer satisfaction by reducing the number of faulty turn ups, and accelerating the interconnection process between peer operators.
  • Understanding CE 2.0 Service Assurance - Can It Generate Revenue? Recorded: Jan 18 2017 62 mins
    Bruno Giguere - MEF, Christopher Cullan - InfoVista, Eric Leser - Spectrum Enterprise
    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 Recorded: Jan 12 2017 54 mins
    Bruno Giguere - MEF; Mike Sapien - Ovum, Diego Lopez - ETSI NFV ISG; Ralph Santitoro - Fujitsu
    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 Recorded: Jan 10 2017 36 mins
    Daniel Bar-Lev, Dir. of Strategic Programs - MEF; Sarit Target, VP of R&D, SDN, LSO, Apps - ECI Telecom
    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 Recorded: Sep 8 2016 61 mins
    Bruno Giguere - MEF; Julius Robson - Small Cell Forum; Glenn Parsons - Ericsson; Rami Yaron - Telco Systems
    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 Recorded: Jun 21 2016 68 mins
    Erin Dunne-Vertical Systems Group; John Morgan-Level 3; Tammy Famularo-Charter Comm.; Craig Easley-Carrier Ethernet Academy
    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 Recorded: Jun 9 2016 78 mins
    Emerson Moura, Sys. Engr., Cisco; Andres Ramos Acosta, Prod. Mgr., Internexa; Andres Madero, Director SP Arch., Infinera
    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.
  • Connecting to the Cloud for NaaS Recorded: Apr 4 2016
    Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF and Guy Daniels, Telecom TV
    The industry is moving on from Carrier Ethernet 2.0 to elastic networks, on- demand services and real time provisioning, which is enabling SDN and NFV, and tying this together is orchestration. CE 2.0 is all about transport. But going beyond that, with the Third Network, you need to be able to connect to clouds, where all IT is moving to. Additionally, operators need to generate revenue not only on transport and connectivity, but also by creating new functions that would normally be located at the customer premises – hence network-as-a-service (NaaS). All of this needs to be done quickly in near real time, with full functionality available. Then the industry will be able to offer agile, orchestrated and assured services.
  • Ethernet Interconnect Points – Paving the Way to Third Network Services Recorded: Mar 23 2016 50 mins
    Stan Hubbard - MEF, Dan Blemings - AT&T, Tim Sheehan - UNH-IOL, Jeff Brown - Windstream
    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 Recorded: Mar 18 2016 2 mins
    Jack Pugaczewski, Distinguished Architect, CenturyLink
    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 Recorded: Feb 25 2016 61 mins
    Stan Hubbard - MEF, Rosemary Cochran - Vertical Systems Group, Adam Saenger, Level 3 Communications
    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 Recorded: Nov 17 2015 5 mins
    Nan Chen, President of MEF and Co-founder & Exec Vice Chair, CENX
    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.
  • Defining LSO, SDN & NFV Recorded: Nov 17 2015 3 mins
    Axel Clauberg, Vice President - IP & Optical, Deutsche Telekom AG
    Axel Clauberg, Vice President - IP & Optical at Deutsche Telekom AG, defines Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) as the orchestration layer that addresses service fulfillment and assurance. LSO is built on top of SDN and NFV and enables end-to-end service delivery between operators. SDN and NFV are enablers for delivering connectivity services in a new way.
  • Global Market for Small Ethernet Access Operators - MEF Services Interconnect Recorded: Oct 21 2015 36 mins
    Daniel Bar-Lev, MEF; Thomas Mandeville, Iometrix; Mary Hecht-Kissell, MEF
    The MEF Services Interconnect program is designed for Carrier Ethernet access Operators with annual revenues of up to US$50M that are, or plan to, sell E-Access and/or E-Transit services to Service Providers building retail Carrier Ethernet services.

    Join this MEF Webinar for an overview of this valuable program and how it can enable your company to:

    - Raise its profile in the Carrier Ethernet industry
    - Gain insight into the latest MEF wholesale services activities
    - Achieve CE 2.0 certification
  • Global Market for Small Ethernet Access Operators - MEF Services Interconnect Recorded: Sep 24 2015 42 mins
    Daniel Bar-Lev, MEF and Thomas Mandeville, Iometrix
    The MEF Services Interconnect program is designed for Carrier Ethernet access Operators with annual revenues of up to US$50M that are, or plan to, sell E-Access and/or E-Transit services to Service Providers building retail Carrier Ethernet services.

    Join this MEF Webinar for an overview of this valuable program and how it can enable your company to:

    - Raise its profile in the Carrier Ethernet industry
    - Gain insight into the latest MEF wholesale services activities
    - Achieve CE 2.0 certification
  • Carrier Ethernet 2.0 - The Foundation for Service Innovation Recorded: Sep 22 2015 5 mins
    Stan Hubbard, Director Communications & Research, MEF; Guy Daniels, Telecom TV
    MEF's Director of Communications & Research, Stan Hubbard, talks with Telecom TV's Guy Daniels about MEF's vision for the Third Network and Lifecycle Services Orchestration strategy. With the industry shift from static to dynamic connectivity services, Carrier Ethernet 2.0, Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO), SDN and NFV will be the foundation for service innovation. The upcoming GEN15 event will bring together the ecosystem of service providers, network technology providers and other industry stakeholders who will enable the future of dynamic, agile, assured and orchestrated services.
  • Service Activation Testing Power Play Recorded: Sep 17 2015 62 mins
    Bruno Giguere, MEF; Isabelle Morency, Veryx; Gregory Spear, Accedian; Mario Bianchetti, Telecom Italia; Brendan Gunn, Verizon
    Building upon its services standardization and certification work, MEF has recently ratified an innovative suite of Service Activation Testing (SAT) technical specifications enabling operators to quickly deploy and test CE 2.0 services globally.

    The MEF Service Activation Testing Power Play provides a comprehensive set of management tools and standard test suites to automatically verify the performance and conformance of CE 2.0 services during service turn up and activation.

    This webinar will demystify Service Activation Testing, describing how MEF-based SAT can improve customer satisfaction by reducing the number of faulty turn ups and accelerating the interconnection process between peer operators. It will reveal the benefits for retail and wholesale Ethernet service deployments and analyze use cases where Service Providers are successfully improving their operations effectiveness, using CE 2.0 Service Activation Testing (MEF 48).
Building Dynamic Third Network Services
The MEF is the driving force enabling agile, assured and orchestrated Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world, with user-directed control over network resources and cloud connectivity. Optimized for real-time, QoS-enabled, secured traffic and integration of value-added network functions-as-a-service, Third Network services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks globally powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV.

The MEF leverages its global 200+ network operators and technology vendor community, builds upon the robust $80 billion Carrier Ethernet market, and provides a practical evolution to the Third Network with LSO, SDN, and NFV implementations that build upon a CE 2.0 foundation.

The MEF has established a technical and implementation framework that includes architecture, information models, service definitions, operational processes, open source community, and certification programs. MEF work is conducted internally and – under the guidance of the MEF UNITE program – in collaboration with global standards organizations and open source projects.

MEF16 (www.MEF16.com) is the MEF's global networking event that will bring together the ecosystem of players enabling the transition to Third Network services and showcase demonstrations of leading-edge service & technology innovations for the hyper-connected world.

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