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MEF ratifies 3 new Ethernet specs

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), today announced the ratification of three new MEF technical specifications for carr...


November 16, 2004  


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The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), today announced the ratification of three new MEF technical specifications for carrier class Ethernet.

The specifications involve an interface model between element and network management systems, an implementation agreement for circuit emulation services and test procedures for point-to-point (E-Line) and any-to-any (E-LAN) services.

The MEF’s mission is to accelerate, promote and educate the marketplace on Ethernet as the technology of choice for metropolitan area networking.

“Building confidence in metro Ethernet as a carrier class, service delivery technology is crucial, and the MEF has made significant advances this year towards that goal” said Nortel Networks’ Ralph Santitoro, co-chair of the MEF’s technical marketing committee.

Although Metro Ethernet has not obtained mass market implementations yet, it has been forecasted by all major industry analysts groups to be the fastest growing tech market segment in the next several years.

Infonetics Research projects that the worldwide metro Ethernet equipment revenues will reach US$5.7 billion by 2006.