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There are some interesting things happening at MEF these days. MEF is the industry forum where carriers and vendors come together to define common ground in how best to offer Carrier Ethernet services. Over the past few years MEF have been working on standards to make Carrier Ethernet services more interconnected, manageable and differentiated for specific application. This all comes together under “Carrier Ethernet 2.0”.
Carrier Ethernet 2.0 brings together a set of capabilities which enable operators to collaborate by interconnecting their services, endorsing the Ethernet wholesale services and Mobile Backhaul models. It aims to move operators forwards from plain old Carrier Ethernet to an interconnected world of multiple providers cooperating and working together to deliver scalable, dependable CE services with strict SLAs. Read more
The shift from voice to data-centric mobile networks has resulted in a move from traditional TDM services to a wide-scale adoption of Carrier Ethernet in mobile backhaul. Without any legacy TDM-links, however, base stations risk being isolated from traditional synchronization references. As mobile operators increasingly deploy 4G radio access technologies and depend on accurate delivery of synchronization, they are now seeking advanced solutions that not only accurately deliver the required timing information over packet networks but also provide assurance regarding its availability. Read more
Another year, another Light Reading Ethernet Expo Americas. This show is the premier event covering the hot topic of Carrier Ethernet network technologies and services in the Americas. It was a must-attend Carrier Ethernet networking event also this year, where dozens of experts from the service provider, supplier and analyst community met in New York City.
The two-day event saw a series of informative presentations and panel discussions. Not so much on technology evolution and innovation anymore. Much more focused on how Carrier Ethernet is used and will be used in future networks. And a lot of discussions exploring how Carrier Ethernet will enable new applications including cloud services and how these applications will influence Carrier Ethernet equipment.
There was a lot of traffic at this year’s Ethernet Europe in London. The two-day conference and exhibition saw a high number of industry experts and a Carrier Ethernet debate that shifted away from hardware and technology to deployment scalability and service development.
While a few years ago, there was a lot of debate about the different choices of backhaul technologies including fiber, copper and microwave, there is now much greater agreement on making use of all technology alternatives available to build networks aligned with business needs. The ubiquitous delivery of services and their efficient management to enable new applications became far more important – whether for business, mobile backhaul or wholesale.