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               March 2008
Contents and Audience

• Contents
  – Metro Ethernet Forum
  – Carrier Ethernet Definition and Expansion
  – The Technical Work of the MEF
      • An Introduction to the MEF Specifications
      • Future work and MEF Specifications in Preparation
      • Complementary Standards Activities
  – The Marketing Work of the MEF
  – MEF Certification Program
  – MEF Membership
• Audience
  – Overview for engineers, marketing staff of new member companies
  – Top down view for non-members that introduces them to the
    specifications and marketing work of the MEF
  – Overview for potential members to encourage their participation
  – Industry and market in general

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Issues and Opportunities


• The MEF’s Mission:
     – Accelerate the worldwide adoption of
       carrier-class Ethernet networks and services

•   This mission is in direct response to the opportunities
    made available by
     1. The need and demand for a simple ubiquitous service
     2. Requirement to scale network services to enable rapid
        deployment of applications critical to enterprises and
        service providers.
     3. Availability of low cost, high bandwidth of Ethernet, beyond
        the LAN
     4. Convergence of business, residential and wireless services




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Global Expansion from Metro to Carrier Ethernet

  • The Beginning: Metro Ethernet
     – The MEF was formed in 2001 to develop ubiquitous business
       services for Enterprise users principally accessed over optical
       metropolitan networks to connect their Enterprise LANs

  • Expansion to Carrier Ethernet
     – The success of Metro Ethernet Services caught the imagination of
       the world as the concept expanded to include
         • Worldwide services traversing national and global networks
         • Access networks to provide availability to a much wider class of
           user over fiber, copper, cable, PON, and wireless
         • Economy of scale from the resulting converged business,
           residential and wireless networks sharing the same
           infrastructure and services
         • Scalability & rapid deployment of business applications
         • Adoption of the certification program
     – While retaining the cost model and simplicity of Ethernet


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Carrier Ethernet Defined
The 5 Attributes of Carrier Ethernet
             • Carrier Ethernet is a ubiquitous, standardized,
               carrier-class Service and Network defined by five
               attributes that distinguish Carrier Ethernet
 Carrier       from familiar LAN based Ethernet
Ethernet
             • It brings the compelling business
               benefit of the Ethernet cost model
               to achieve significant savings

             • Standardized Services

             • Scalability
 Carrier
Ethernet     • Service Management
Attributes
             • Reliability
             • Quality of Service




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  The 5 Attributes Carrier Ethernet (1)

Attribute 1: Standardized Services


• E-Line, E-LAN provide transparent, private line, virtual private line and
  multi-point to multi-point LAN services.
• A ubiquitous service providing globally & locally via standardized
  equipment
• Requires no changes to customer LAN equipment or networks and
  accommodates existing network connectivity such as, time-sensitive,
  TDM traffic and signaling
• Ideally suited to converged voice, video & data networks
• Wide choice and granularity of bandwidth and quality of service
  options



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 The 5 Attributes Carrier Ethernet (2)

Attribute 2: Scalability


• The ability for millions to use a network service that is ideal
  for the widest variety of business, information,
  communications and entertainment applications with voice,
  video and data
• Spans Access & Metro to National & Global Services over a
  wide variety of physical infrastructures implemented by a
  wide range of Service Providers
• Scalability of bandwidth from 1Mbps to 10Gbps
  and beyond, in granular increments



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 The 5 Attributes Carrier Ethernet (3)

Attribute 3: Reliability



• The ability for the network to detect & recover from incidents
  without impacting users
• Meeting the most demanding quality and availability
  requirements
• Rapid recovery time when problems do occur, as low as
  50ms




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 The 5 Attributes Carrier Ethernet (4)

Attribute 4: Quality of Service


• Wide choice and granularity of bandwidth and quality of
  service options
• Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that deliver end-to-end
  performance matching the requirements for voice, video and
  data over converged business and residential networks
• Provisioning via SLAs that provide end-to-end performance
  based on CIR, frame loss, delay and delay variation
  characteristics



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 The 5 Attributes Carrier Ethernet (5)

Attribute 5: Service Management




• The ability to monitor, diagnose and centrally manage the
  network, using standards-based vendor independent
  implementations
• Carrier-class OAM
• Rapid service provisioning




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 Carrier Ethernet: Two Service Types Using EVCs
                                                                E-Line Service type
• E-Line Service used to create
  – Ethernet Private Lines                                    Point-to-Point EVC
                                                 UNI                                  UNI
  – Virtual Private Lines
                                                                                                  CE
  – Ethernet Internet Access                CE

                                                                  Carrier Ethernet
                                                                     Network

                                                                E-LAN Service type

• E-LAN Service used to create                                       CE
  – Multipoint L2 VPNs
                                                                    UNI
  – Transparent LAN Service
  – Foundation for IPTV and                Carrier Ethernet
    Multicast networks etc.                        Network


                                                                                     UNI
                                                          Multipoint-to-Multipoint EVC      CE

                 MEF certified Carrier Ethernet products UNI: User Network Interface, CE: Customer Equipment

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Carrier Ethernet Terminology

• Ethernet Virtual Connection (EVC)
  – An association of two or more UNIs
• Two types of EVC
  – Point-to-Point
  – Multipoint-to-Multipoint
• EVCs and Services
    In a Carrier Ethernet network, data is transported
    across Point-to-Point, Point-to-Multipoint and
    Multipoint-to-Multipoint EVCs according to the
    attributes and definitions of the E-Line and E-LAN
    services
               For full presentation of Ethernet Services visit
              www.MetroEthernetForum.org/presentations.htm


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Rapid Growth


“Worldwide Ethernet services revenue grew to $5.9 billion in 2005, and
is expected to jump another 280% between 2005 and 2009 to $22.5
billion,” according to Infonetics Research‟s latest report, Ethernet
Services market size and forecast
Carrier Ethernet rated #1 over other trends in Heaving Reading‟s
findings 12/31/06 “Operators will be pouring billions of dollars into
carrier Ethernet access, transport, and service switching equipment in
the coming years”




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Carrier Ethernet for Mission Critical Applications

 Carrier Ethernet brings significant business
 benefits to mission critical applications
  • Top Market Sectors
     • Health Care, Finance, Education, Government, Media
  • Principal Applications
     • Site-to-Site Access, Server Consolidation, Disaster
       Recovery, Service Orientated Architecture, Internet
       Access
  • Benefits
     • Scalability, Control, Reliability, Performance, Data Center
       & Server Consolidation, Expedites and Enables New
       Applications
     • Cost Reduction



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  Carrier Ethernet Scope and Reach
Bringing vastly extended scalability for business and residential users
                              HD TV              Gaming, Business   Voice/Video Voice
        Internet            TVoD, VoD              Backup, ERP       Telephony Gateway
                                                                                             Wireless
                                                                                             Backhaul

                    Video                Video
                   Source               Source




                       E-Line and                                                            Broadband
                       E-LAN service                                                       mobile data/video


        Small/Medium                                                                 Residential
            Business                                                                 Triple-Play




                                                           FTTx and DSLAM , Cable Modem

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 Drivers for Carrier Ethernet in the Cable Industry

• Standardization
   – Definition of Carrier Ethernet & implementation of products to
     MEF specifications creates standardized networking within
     and between MSOs
• Certification now available for products, services
   – Certification of both products
     and services creates
     confidence and scalability
   – Over 200 products, 65 suppliers
     and service providers approved
     in last 2 years!
• Business Benefits
   – Pooling of resources, simplicity
     of implementation enables
     business cooperation creates new opportunities
• Rapid expansion, recognition of Carrier Ethernet

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      Carrier Ethernet Architecture for Cable Operators
            Headend                                       Hub                                       CE                 Business Services
                                                                             E-Line
                      Internet                                                                UNI                      over Fiber (GigE)
     Analog
                       Access                                                         Home Run
     TV Feeds                                                                E-LAN    Fiber
                                                                       D2A
                                                                                             Node                 EoCoax
                                               Video                                                                                CE
           A2D                                 Server                EQAM                                         EoHFC
                                                                                                                              UNI
                                                 Ad
                                                                     CMTS
                                              Insertion


  Digital TV, VOD,                                                                                                 Switched
  Interactive TV,                                                                                                  Fiber
      Gaming
                                         Optical Metro Ring Network

                                                                                                                                           Business
                                                                                                                                                Park
                                                                                                                                           Business
 Managed Business                E-NNI                                                UNI
                                                                                                      EoDOCSIS
                                                                                                                                            Services
 Applications                                                                Hub                       (future)

                                                                                            EoSONET
                                                                                              /SDH
                     Another MSO or carrier                 Wireless
                                                                                                         E-Line
                           Network                           Plant              PON
                                                                                                         E-LAN
                                                           Extension
                                                                                                                       Leased
Voice/Video                                                                                                            T1/DS3
Telephony Voice                    WDM                                                                            CE
         gateway
                                              EoT1/DS3

                                 UNI     CE                    UNI      CE
                      Greenfield Residential & Business Services


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   Carrier Ethernet for Mobile Backhaul
• Carrier Ethernet
   – Economically meets exploding bandwidth requirements currently
     constrained by the prohibitive costs of legacy networks
   – Leverages rapid move to Carrier Ethernet for wireline traffic enabling a
     single integrated wireline and mobile backhaul network
   – Much easier for service providers to manage and maintain
                                                                                    Worldwide M obile Backhaul Service Charges per

• Most mobile traffic is broadband/IP centric                             $40,000
                                                                                                      Connection:
                                                                                       PDH and ATM over PDH vs New Wireline



   – Carrier Ethernet is optimized for packet data traffic                $30,000                                                    PDH and ATM
                                                                                                                                     over PDH




• Overcomes TDM (T1/E1) services scalability




                                                                Revenue
                                                                                                                           $21,780
                                                                          $20,000

                                                                                                                                     New wireline




   – This alone makes Carrier Ethernet the compelling choice
                                                                          $10,000                                          $8,920




                                                                              $0


• Time/urgency
                                                                               CY05      CY06    CY07    CY08    CY09   CY10
                                                                                                 Calendar Year




   – Carrier Ethernet removes the barrier to timely progress




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 Carrier Ethernet Aligns Wireless and Wireline Networks

• Unlimited scalability and ubiquity
• Reliability with full SLA support and full OAM capabilities
• Smooth transition from legacy networks
   – Protects investment and seamlessly bridges from TDM to Ethernet
     over time




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A Demanding World …


• Today’s world demands
  – Any application, any connectivity, on any device
  – Information, voice, video or data
  – Entertainment – video voice, data any source
  – At home, in the office, on the go, seamlessly and
    always connected
  – Any time, 24/7/365, on demand
  – All delivered on one ubiquitous high performance,
    global service.

• Carrier Ethernet is poised to be that service


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  MEF’s Vision of the Future

  Hosting
 Servers &
Applications
                HEALTH CARE, FINANCE, GOVERNMENT, EDUCATION            WEB APPLICATIONS, DISTRIBUTED SERVICES




                         CREATING A NEW WORLD OF COMMUNICATIONS
                                                              WITH

                           CARRIER ETHERNET
   Client
 Applications

                  BUSINESS DATA            INFORMATION           ENTERTAINMENT            COMMUNICATIONS


     Client
   Locations

                    ENTERPRISE           SMALL BUSINESS              RESIDENTIAL               MOBILE




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Global Expansion to Carrier Ethernet


 • Relationship between the MEF Specifications
   and Carrier Ethernet
   – The technical work of the MEF as described in the
     specifications, together with the work of associated
     standards bodies, collectively enable the functionality and
     attributes of Carrier Ethernet
   – The completed specifications continue to refer to MENs
     (Metro Ethernet Networks) but this is now a generic term
     covering the enabled service network




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     Specifications Timeline
                                   MEF 4      MEF 7               MEF 12                MEF 16
                                Architecture EMS-NMS            Architecture             ELMI

                                                                                                  MEF 10.1
                             MEF 2                     MEF 11               MEF 15                  Service            MEF 17
                           Protection                  UNI               Management              Attributes
                                                       Framework                                                     Service OAM
                                                                                                   Phase 2




         2001-3                         2004                         2005                     2006                       2007



                                MEF 3                  MEF 10                MEF 13                                  MEF 18
                               Circuit                 Service               UNI-IA                             Circuit Emulation
                              Emulation                Attributes           MEF 14                             Services Test Suite
                                                       Phase 1              Traffic                                  MEF 19
                                                                          Management                               UNI Type 1
                                        MEF 6       MEF 8
                                                                           Test Suite                               Test Suite
                                    Service         Circuit Emulation
                                 Definitions        MEF 9
                                                    Services Test Suite


                            The work of the MEF is driven by active participation by a membership representing all
                                               Carrier Ethernet industry stakeholder groups

* MEF 10 .1 replaces and enhances MEF 10 Ethernet Services Definition Phase 1 and replaced MEF 1 and MEF 5.


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Approved MEF Specifications

  • MEF 2        Requirements and Framework for Ethernet Service Protection
  • MEF 3        Circuit Emulation Service Definitions, Framework
                 and Requirements in Metro Ethernet Networks
  • MEF 4        Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework
                 Part 1: Generic Framework
  • MEF 6        Metro Ethernet Services Definitions Phase I
  • MEF 7        EMS-NMS Information Model
  • MEF 8        Implementation Agreement for the Emulation of PDH Circuits
                 over Metro Ethernet Networks
  •   MEF 9      Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Services at the UNI
  •   MEF 10.1   Ethernet Services Attributes Phase 2*
  •   MEF 11     User Network Interface (UNI) Requirements and Framework
  •   MEF 12     Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework
                 Part 2: Ethernet Services Layer
  • MEF 13       User Network Interface (UNI) Type 1 Implementation Agreement
  • MEF 14       Abstract Test Suite for Traffic Management Phase 1
  • MEF 15       Requirements for Management of Metro Ethernet
                 Phase 1 Network Elements
  •   MEF 16     Ethernet Local Management Interface
  •   MEF 17     Service OAM Framework and Requirements
  •   MEF 18     Abstract Test Suite for Circuit Emulation Services
  •   MEF 19     Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 1

                 * MEF 10 .1 replaces and enhances MEF 10 Ethernet Services Definition Phase 1 and replaced MEF 1 and MEF 5.


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  How the MEF Specifications Enable Carrier Ethernet

            This chart shows how the MEF specifications enable the attributes of Carrier Ethernet indicating
            the responsible area within the MEF Technical Committee

                                                           Carrier Ethernet Attributes
MEF Specs    Standardized Services    Service Management             Reliability           Quality of Service        Scalability

 MEF 2                                                           Architecture Area

 MEF 3            Service Area                                                                Service Area

 MEF 4         Architecture Area

 MEF 6            Service Area                                                                Service Area          Service Area

 MEF 7                                 Management Area

 MEF 8            Service Area

 MEF 9      Test & Measurement Area                           Test & Measurement Area

MEF 10.1          Service Area                                                                Service Area          Service Area

 MEF 11        Architecture Area

 MEF 12        Architecture Area                                                                                  Architecture Area

 MEF 13        Architecture Area

 MEF 14     Test & Measurement Area                           Test & Measurement Area   Test & Measurement Area

 MEF 15                                Management Area

 MEF 16                                Management Area

 MEF 17                                Management Area

 MEF 18     Test & Measurement Area                           Test & Measurement Area

 MEF 19     Test & Measurement Area                           Test & Measurement Area




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MEF Specifications Overview

                             Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework
 MEF 4
                             Part 1: Generic Framework

 Purpose    Introduces the framework and terminology for the services (Eth) layer

            All (Equipment Manufacturers, Service Providers & Enterprises), since it
 Audience   provides the fundamental understanding of the Carrier Ethernet
            architecture
                                                     Technical Committee Architecture Area




MEF 10.1                             Ethernet Services Attributes Phase 2

            Defines the service attributes and parameters required to offer the
 Purpose
            services defined in MEF 6. Updated from Original MEF 10
            All, since it provides the fundamentals required to build devices and
            services that deliver Carrier Ethernet. For Enterprise users it gives the
 Audience   background to Service Level Specifications for Carrier Ethernet Services
            being offered by their Service Providers and helps to plan Ethernet
                                     Standardized
                                       overall
            Services as part of their Services network.
                                                          Technical Committee Service Area


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MEF Specifications Overview


 MEF 6                             Metro Ethernet Services Definitions Phase I

 Purpose    Defines the Ethernet Services (EPL, EVPL, E-Line, ELAN, etc)
            All, since it provides the fundamentals required to build devices and
            services that deliver Carrier Ethernet. For Enterprise users it gives the
 Audience   background to Service Level Specifications for Carrier Ethernet Services
            being offered by their Service Providers and helps to plan Ethernet
            Services as part of their overall network.
                                                            Technical Committee Service Area


                                   Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework
 MEF 12
                                   Part 2: Ethernet Services Layer
            Defines the Ethernet Services (ETH) Layer as the specific layer network
 Purpose    responsible for delivery of Ethernet Protocol Data Units across internal and
            external interfaces.
            Equipment Manufacturers building devices that will carry Carrier Ethernet
 Audience
            Services. Useful for Service Providers architecting their systems.
                                                       Technical Committee Architecture Area



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MEF Specifications Overview

                   EMS-NMS* Information Model
 MEF 7             *Element Management System–Network Management System
            Provides a standard for carrier management systems to enable
 Purpose
            configuration and fault management of Metro Ethernet services.
            Equipment Manufacturers building devices that will carry Carrier Ethernet
 Audience
            Services. Useful for Service Providers architecting their systems.
                                                       Technical Committee Management Area


                    Requirements for Management of Metro Ethernet Phase 1
MEF 15              Network Elements
            Specifies the network management requirements to be met by Network
 Purpose
            Elements supporting Ethernet Service Phase 1
            Equipment Manufacturers building devices that will carry Carrier Ethernet
 Audience
            Services. Useful for Service Providers architecting their systems.
                                                       Technical Committee Management Area




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MEF Specifications Overview
MEF 16                          Ethernet Local Management Interface (E-LMI)
            Enables customer equipment to receive information regarding the status
 Purpose    and attributes of Ethernet Services thus allowing automatic configuration
            and improved Subscriber network performance.
            Equipment manufacturers of Customer Edge devices and of Service
 Audience
            Provider equipment. Useful for Service Providers architecting their systems.
                                                       Technical Committee Management Area


MEF 17                  Service OAM Requirements & Framework – Phase 1

            Provides requirements to be satisfied by the Service OAM mechanisms in
            MENs and framework for discussing and implementing those mechanisms.
 Purpose
            It also provides context for several MEF specifications (UNI type 2 and E-
            NNI) and the work of other standards bodies
            Equipment Manufacturers building devices and Service Providers
 Audience
            architecting their systems.
                                                       Technical Committee Management Area




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MEF Specifications Overview


                              User Network Interface (UNI) Requirements and
 MEF 11                       Framework
            Defines a split demarcation function between the customer (Subscriber),
 Purpose
            and the Service Provider
            Equipment Manufacturers building devices that will carry Carrier Ethernet
 Audience
            Services. Useful for Service Providers architecting their systems.
                                                        Technical Committee Architecture Area


MEF 13            User Network Interface (UNI) Type 1 Implementation Agreement
            This allows existing Ethernet devices (switch, router, workstation, etc) acting
 Purpose    as Customer Edge devices to be compliant to this IA with no additional
            software or hardware upgrades
            Equipment Manufacturers building devices that will carry CE Services.
 Audience
            Useful for Service Providers architecting their systems.
                                                        Technical Committee Architecture Area




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MEF Specifications Overview

MEF 9                        Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Services at the UNI

           Defines the test suite for conformance of Ethernet services and equipment when
Purpose    deployed at the UNI

           Equipment Manufacturers building devices that are designed to conform to MEF
Audience   Specifications. Service Providers who want to assure their end customers that their
           services comply with MEF Specifications.
                                                   Technical Committee Test and Measurement Area



MEF 14                       Abstract Test Suite for Traffic Management Phase 1
           Defines the requirements and corresponding test procedures for Service Performance
Purpose    and Bandwidth Profile Service Attributes that may be specified as part of a Service
           Level Specification (SLS) for an Ethernet Service
           Equipment Manufacturers building devices that are designed to conform to MEF
           Specifications.
Audience   Service Providers conducting who require that their services comply to MEF
           Specifications
                                                   Technical Committee Test and Measurement Area



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MEF Specifications Overview

MEF 18                               Abstract Test Suite for CES

           Specifies testing procedures for pass/fail assessment of conformance with
Purpose
           each of the operating modes in MEF 8.
           Equipment Manufacturers building devices that will carry TDM traffic across
Audience   Carrier Ethernet Networks.
           Useful for Service Providers architecting their systems.
                                             Technical Committee Test and Measurement Area



MEF 19                           Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 1

           Supplements the MEF test specifications MEF 9, and MEF 14 with test
Purpose
           procedures for UNI manual configuration mode defined in MEF 13
           Equipment Manufacturers building devices that will carry CE Services.
Audience
           Useful for Service Providers architecting their systems.
                                             Technical Committee Test and Measurement Area




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MEF Specifications Overview




 MEF 2              Requirements and Framework for Ethernet Service Protection
            Defines a broad frame work for hop-by-hop and end-to-end service level
 Purpose
            protection.
            Equipment Manufacturers building devices that will carry Carrier Ethernet
 Audience
            Services. Useful for Service Providers architecting their systems.
                                                       Technical Committee Architecture Area




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MEF Specifications Overview

                            Circuit Emulation Service Definitions, Framework and
 MEF 3                      Requirements in Metro Ethernet Networks
            Circuit Emulation Service “tunnels” TDM traffic through a Metro Ethernet
 Purpose    network allowing inclusion of legacy networks within a Carrier Ethernet
            environment
            Equipment Manufacturers supporting devices that provide Circuit Emulation
 Audience   over Carrier Ethernet Services.
            Useful for Service Providers architecting their systems.
                                                          Technical Committee Service Area


                              Implementation Agreement for the Emulation of PDH
 MEF 8                        Circuits over Metro Ethernet Networks
            Gives precise instructions for implementing interoperable CES equipment
            that reliably transport TDM circuits across Metro Ethernet Networks while
 Purpose
            meeting the required performance of circuit emulated TDM services as
            defined in ITU-T and ANSI TDM standards
            Equipment Manufacturers supporting devices that provide Circuit Emulation
 Audience   over Carrier Ethernet Services.
            Useful for Service Providers architecting their systems.
                                                          Technical Committee Service Area


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The Work of the MEF Continues…




                                 35
MEF Development Work


• Statement:
   – The work of the MEF continues
• The questions:
  – How or why can I implement Carrier
    Ethernet while development is still
    ongoing?
  – When will it be finished?
• The answers: ……




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MEF Development Work
 • Future Technical Work
   – The MEF technical work continues on all elements of
     Carrier Ethernet (OAM, Network to Network
     Interfaces, implementation agreements, etc.) This
     includes coordination with other standards bodies.
 • Deployment now brings immediate benefits
   – Immediate benefits are being obtained today based
     on implementing today‟s specifications. These
     benefits increase as the specifications complete
 • MEF Timescales
   – The MEF continues to exist during the foreseeable
     future to complete our mission

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              MEF Technical Committee Work Dashboard
        Service Area                      Architecture Area                    Management Area              Test and Measurement Area
MEF 6 – Ethernet Services        MEF 2 – Protection Framework and        MEF 7 – EMS - NMS Information     MEF 9 – Abstract Test Suite for
Definitions (TS)                 Requirements (TS)                       Model (TS)                        Ethernet Services at the UNI (TS)
                                 MEF 4 – Metro Ethernet Network          MEF 15 – Requirements for
MEF 3 – Circuit Emulation                                                                                  MEF 14 – Abstract Test Suite for
                                 Architecture Framework Part 1:          Management of Metro Ethernet
Service Requirements (TS)                                                                                  Traffic Management Phase 1 (TS)
                                 Generic Framework (TS)                  Phase 1 – Network Elements (TS)
                                                                         MEF 16 – Ethernet Local
MEF 8 Emulation of PDH over      MEF 11 - UNI Framework and                                                MEF 18 Abstract Test Suite for CES
                                                                         Management Interface
MENs (IA)                        Requirements (TS)                                                         over Ethernet (TS)
                                                                         E-LMI (TS)
                                 MEF 12 – Metro Ethernet Network
MEF 10.1 Ethernet Services                                               MEF 17 Service OAM Requirements MEF 19 Abstract Test Suite for UNI
                                 Architecture Framework Part 2:
Attributes Phase 2 (TS)                                                  and Framework (TS)              Type 1 (TS)
                                 Ethernet Services Layer (TS)
 Ethernet Services Definitions   MEF 13 – User Network Interface Type Service OAM Performance              UNI Type 2 Test Suite (TS)
         Phase 2 (TS)            1 (IA)                               Management (IA)                      Part 2 E-LMI
                                                                         Service OAM Fault Management
Mobile Backhaul (IA)             UNI Type 2 (IA)                                                           Abstract Test Suite for E-NNI (TS)
                                                                         (IA)
                                                                                                           UNI Type 2 Test Suite (TS)
Classes of Service (IA)          External NNI (E-NNI) Phase 1 (TS)
                                                                                                           Part 1 link OAM
       MEF 10.1 Update:
                                 Ethernet Service Constructs (TS)
   Attribute Enhancements

                                 NID Specification (TS)



                                 Approved                 MEF Standards Process and Legend
                                   Draft
     New                                                        Letter              Approved                 TS   Technical Specification
    Project                      comments                       Ballot             Specification             IA   Implementation Agreement
                                                    Stable
                                 Straw             Document
                                 Ballot                                           * MEF 10.1 replaced MEF 10. which replaced MEF 1 and MEF 5



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Preview of Upcoming MEF Specifications

 MEF [TBA]                            Ethernet Service Definitions Phase II
                Supersedes MEF 6 with additional work to define a third service type:
   Purpose      Rooted Multipoint Ethernet Virtual Connection (EVC). It also contains
                updates to E-Line & E-LAN Service Definitions
                All, since it provides the fundamental required to build devices and services
  Audience
                that deliver Carrier Ethernet.
    Status      Straw Ballot
                                                                 Technical Committee Service Area




Upcoming specifications provide and ideal focal point for new members to make contributions

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Preview of Upcoming MEF Specifications


MEF [TBA]                       External Network to Network Interface (E-NNI)

               This document describes the functions and protection mechanisms of the E-
  Purpose      NNI The E-NNI is the interface connecting two MENs where the MENs
               belong to different administrative domains
               Equipment Manufacturers building devices that will carry CE Services.
 Audience      Useful for Service Providers architecting their systems creating
               interconnectivity with other Service Providers.

   Status      Straw Ballot
                                                            Technical Committee Architecture Area

Upcoming specifications provide and ideal focal point for new members to make contributions




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Preview of Upcoming MEF Specifications


                                     User Network Interface (UNI) Type 2
MEF [TBA]
                                     Implementation Agreement
              Specifies MEF UNI characteristics and operation in which customer side of
              the UNI is automatically configured by the network side of the UNI allowing
 Purpose      verification of SLA and UNI connectivity. Additional objectives include
              support for Ethernet OAM (802.3ah, 802.1ag) over the UNI. Required for
              support of ELMI
              All interested parties (including Enterprise users, whose ability to verify
 Audience
              connectivity etc., is envisaged by the specification)

  Status      Sent to Straw Ballot
                                                           Technical Committee Architecture Area


Upcoming specifications provide and ideal focal point for new members to make contributions




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Preview of Upcoming MEF Specifications


                      EMS-NMS* Information Model Phase II
MEF [TBA]
                      *Element Management System–Network Management System

              Replacement for MEF 7 with support for E-LMI (MEF 16) and Phase II
 Purpose
              Service Definitions and Attributes
              Equipment Manufacturers building devices and Service Providers
 Audience
              architecting their systems.

  Status      Approved Draft
                                                           Technical Committee Management Area


Upcoming specifications provide and ideal focal point for new members to make contributions




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Preview of Upcoming MEF Specifications



MEF [TBA]                                Abstract Test Suite for E-NNI

              Tests the function, protection & recovery mechanisms of two interoperating
 Purpose      MENs via their External Network to Network Interfaces. Uses similar
              constructs used in MEF 9 & MEF 14
              Equipment Manufacturers building devices that will carry CE Services.
 Audience
              Useful for Service Providers architecting their systems.
  Status      New Project
                                                  Technical Committee Test and Measurement Area
Upcoming specifications provide and ideal focal point for new members to make contributions




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Complementary Standards Activities
Goals
• Reach consensus, bring MEF work to other bodies, re-use work of other bodies, work
  with other bodies, avoid duplication, keep in communications
Scalability
            Provider Bridge IEEE 802.1ad
   IEEE     Provider Backbone Bridge IEEE 802.1ah (MAC-in-MAC, and extended label space)
            ITU-T SG 15 has referenced the MEF service work in their documents that describe
   ITU-T    EPL and EVPL.
   IETF     Layer 2 VPNs

Service Management
            IEEE 802.1ag Fault Management
   IEEE     IEEE 802.3ah link OAM
            ITU-T SG13 for Service OAM
   ITU-T    Working with ITU SG 4 on harmonizing their work with MEF 7 and adding additional
            features of interest to the MEF such as support of E-LMI
   OIF      Customer signaling of Ethernet Services

Reliability
   IETF     MPLS Fast Reroute, graceful restart


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   Ethernet Standards Summary

Standards    Ethernet Services                   Architecture/Control                       Ethernet OAM                  Ethernet
  Body                                                                                                                   Interfaces
                           -                •   802.3 – MAC                             • 802.3ah – EFM OAM           • 802.3 – PHYs
   IEEE                                     •   802.3ar – Congestion Management         • 802.1ag – CFM               • 802.3as - Frame
                                            •   802.1D/Q – Bridges/VLAN                 • 802.1AB - Discovery           Expansion
                                            •   802.17 - RPR                            • 802.1ap – VLAN MIB
                                            •   802.1ad – Provider Bridges
                                            •   .1ah – Provider Backbone Bridges
                                            •   .1ak – Multiple Registration Protocol
                                            •   .1aj – Two Port MAC Relay
                                            •   .1AE/af – MAC / Key Security
                                            •   .1aq – Shortest Path Bridging

            • MEF 10 – Service Attributes   • MEF 4 – Generic Architecture              • MEF 7– EMS-NMS Info Model • MEF 13 - UNI Type 1
  MEF       • MEF 3 – Circuit Emulation     • MEF 2 – Protection Req & Framework        • MEF 15– NE Management Req • MEF 16 – ELMI
            • MEF 6 – Service Definition    • MEF 11 – UNI Req & Framework              • OAM Req & Framework       • E-NNI
            • MEF 8 – PDH Emulation         • MEF 12 - Layer Architecture               • OAM Protocol – Phase 1
            • MEF 9 – Test Suites                                                       • Performance Monitoring
            • MEF 14 – Test Suites
            • Services Phase 2

            • G.8011 – Services Framewrk    • G.8010 – Layer Architecture               • Y.1730 – Ethernet OAM Req   • G.8012 – UNI/NNI
   ITU      • G.8011.1 – EPL Service        • G.8021 – Equipment model                  • Y.1731 – OAM Mechanisms     • G.8012v2 – UNI/NNI
            • G.8011.2 – EVPL Service       • G.8010v2 – Layer Architecture             • G.8031 – Protection
            • G.asm – Service Mgmt Arch     • G.8021v2 – Equipment model                • Y.17ethqos – QoS
            • G.smc – Service Mgmt Chnl     • Y.17ethmpls - ETH-MPLS Interwork          • Y.ethperf - Performance


                           -                                       -                    •TMF814 – EMS to NMS Model               -
  TMF




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The Marketing Work of the MEF

• Industry Leading Marketing
   – December 2005: awarded “Best Marketing for a Private Company” Light
       Reading “Leading Lights” awards

• Active Participation in Major Events Worldwide:
   –   Carrier Ethernet World Congress (the MEF annual event)
   –   Ethernet Expo, Globalcomm, TelecomNext, etc.
   –   Conducting keynotes and panel discussions
   –   Press briefings
   –   Interoperability demos and technology showcases
   –   Speaking opportunities for MEF members

• Annual Recognition Awards
   – For adopters of Carrier Ethernet in USA, Europe and Asia
• Marketing the MEF certification program
   – Publicizing Carrier Ethernet certification program, recognizing certification



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The Marketing Work of the MEF

• Technical Marketing
   –   Managing the MEF‟s frequently visited web site & portals
   –   Publishing MEF Specifications,
   –   Authoring white papers, business studies, Carrier-Ethernet case studies
   –   Sponsoring videos and webinars, via on-line publications, web sites

• Encouraging Active Participation in the Development of Carrier Ethernet
   – Active development of Carrier Ethernet driven by active MEF Marketing
     Committee and Technical Committees
   – “Talking Shop” for MEF Service Providers to discuss key issues facing the
     Carrier Ethernet service industry
   – Active recruitment to involve new Service Provider and equipment
     manufacturers in the work of the MEF
   – Development of Service Provider Carrier Ethernet marketing pack for MEF
     members to customize for their own sales forces


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Accelerating Adoption Through Certification
•   The MEF Certification Program
    –   An important part of the MEF‟s mission to accelerate the deployment
        of Carrier Ethernet in the Access, MAN & WAN
•   Manufacturer and Service Provider Certification
    –   Certification for Carrier Ethernet systems and equipment that deliver
        MEF compliant Ethernet services
    –   Extend the program to assure enterprise and
        residential subscribers that Service Providers
        can deliver consistent Carrier Ethernet services
        compliant with MEF specifications
•   Current Certification Program Comprises
    –   Service Certification to MEF 9 for Vendors                              TM

    –   Service Certification to MEF 9 for Service Providers
    –   Traffic Management Certification to MEF 14 for Vendors
•   Approved Certification Lab
    –   MEF does not conduct certification directly
    –   Certification is via MEF approved lab: Iometrix Inc.


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Key Benefits of Certification

  • Key Benefits for the Enterprise
     – Empowers informed decisions re equipment / CPE purchases
     – Service Provider efficiencies and cost savings can be passed to end users

  • Key Benefits for the Service Provider
     – Immediate assurance that vendors equipment complies to MEF Specifications
     – Saves money & time on complex testing between vendors, especially on globa
       accounts
     – Establishes solid foundation for Carrier Ethernet ubiquity, & interoperability

  • Key Benefits for the Equipment Vendor
     – Globally recognized interoperability standard improves „approval‟ process,
       increases tender opportunities and dramatically reduces testing costs, time-to-
       market and installation time
     – Independent validation of function and conformance




                                       TM
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   The MEF Certification Program: Rapid Progress Achieved

Program
Launched       First 16
  with       Vendors, 39
              Products       First 7
Iometrix
             Certified to   Carriers
April 2005   MEF 9 (UNI) & 21 Services First Traffic
             Announced    Certified to
                                       Management        Service
                          MEF 9 (UNI)
                                       for Vendors       Provider
             Sept 2005    Announced                                       First       Service
                                        Announced      Certification   11 Service    Providers
                           April 2006                     MEF 14        Providers Certification to
                                       June 2006
                                                        (TM/QoS)       Certified to   MEF 18
                                                       Announced         MEF 14     Announced
                                                        Oct 2006       June 2007      Feb 2008




                                                  Program Totals March 2008:
        385 Systems, 56 Equipment Manufacturers, 19 Service Providers Certified
                             1000s Tests Conducted, 750 Certifications Granted




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 MEF Certified Companies March 2008
Growth Continues: 70+ Certified Services, 385+ Certified Systems, 1000s tests
                          19 Service Providers Certified



                                                                                            TM
                                                                                       MEF
                                                                                Certification Lab



                             56 Equipment Manufacturers Certified




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         MEF Membership




The work of the MEF is driven by a
wide range of actively participating
            members




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        MEF Membership March 2008 (Part 1 of 2)
                                    Equipment Vendors, Test Companies, Lab Members
•   Accedian Networks         •   D-Link                           •   Ipitek                    •   Salira
•   Actelis Networks          •   Do Networks                      •   Ixia                      •   SMC Networks
•   Adtran                    •   Dowslake Microsystems            •   JDSU                      •   Soapstone Networks
•   Adva Optical Networking   •   EANTC                            •   Juniper Networks          •   Spirent Communications
•   Aethera Networks          •   ECI Telecom                      •   Lightstorm Networks       •   Sunrise Telecom
•   Agilent Technologies      •   Ericsson                         •   Matisse Networks          •   T | Pack
•   Aktino                    •   Ethos Networks                   •   Maxim                     •   Tejas Networks
•   Alcatel- Lucent           •   EXFO                             •   Motorola                  •   Telco Systems
•   AMCC                      •   Extreme Networks                 •   MRV Communications        •   Telcordia Technologies
•   ANDA Networks             •   FibroLAN                         •   Nakina Systems            •   Tellabs
•   ARRIS International       •   FiberHome Technologies           •   NEC                       •   Telrad Networks
•   Atrica                    •   Fluke Networks                   •   Nokia Siemens Networks    •   Transition Networks
•   Aurora Networks           •   Foundry Networks                 •   Nortel Networks Corp.     •   Transmode Optical
•   Axerra Networks           •   Fujitsu Network Communications   •   Occam Networks            •   Transwitch Corporation
•   Bay Microsystems          •   Gridpoint Systems                •   Omnitron Systems          •   Turin Networks
•   Broadcom                  •   Hammerhead Systems               •   OpVista                   •   UNH-IOL
•   BTI Photonics             •   Harris Stratex                   •   Overture Networks         •   UTStarcom
•   CableLabs                 •   Hatteras Networks                •   Quosera                   •   Vitesse
•   Calix                     •   Hitachi Cable                    •   PCT International         •   Wuhan Fiberhome Networks
•   Canoga Perkins            •   Huawei Technologies              •   RAD Data Communications   •   World Wide Packets
•   Ceterus Networks          •   IBM Internet Security Systems    •   Raisecom                  •   Zarlink Semiconductor
•   Ceragon Networks          •   IMC Networks                     •   Resolute Networks         •   Zhone
•   Ciena Corporation         •   Infovista                        •   Rivulet Communications    •   ZTE Corporation
•   Cisco                     •   Iometrix                         •   Safenet                   •   Zyxel Communications
•   Corrigent Systems


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 MEF Membership March 2008 (Part 2 of 2)
                           Service Provider and Cable MSO Members




• AboveNet                    • FiberTower                     • Singapore Telecom
• Alpheus Communications      • IPC                            • Sprint
• AT&T                        • KDDI R&D Laboratories          • Suddenlink
• Bell Canada                 • KPN Telecom                    • Swisscom
• Bright House Networks       • Level 3 Communications         • Symphony Communication
• British Telecom             • ntl: Telewest                  • Telecom Italia
• Cable & Wireless            • NTT Advanced Technology        • Teliasonera AB
• Charter Communications      • Optimum Lightpath              • Telus
• China Telecom               • Orange Business Services       • Time Warner Cable
• Cincinnati Bell             • PCCW                           • Time Warner Telecom
• Colt                        • PT Prime                       • T-Systems
• Comcast                     • Qwest Communications           • Uecomm
• Cox Business                • RCN Business Solutions         • Verizon Business
• Demand Broadband            • Reliance Communications        • VSNL International
• Embarq                      • Shanghai Information Network   • XO Communications

                                                                … Now 143 Members


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Benefits of MEF Membership




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     Accelerating Worldwide Adoption of
Carrier-class Ethernet Networks and Services




         www.MetroEthernetForum.org




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