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Metro Ethernet Forum launches end-user enterprise initiative

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), a technical and marketing industry group focused on accelerating the adoption of Et...


May 17, 2004  


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The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), a technical and marketing industry group focused on accelerating the adoption of Ethernet in metro networks worldwide, has announced a new initiative aimed at encouraging enterprise end users of Ethernet services to join the debate on how Ethernet services are managed, provisioned and guaranteed.

As part of its mission to increase the adoption of Ethernet Services the MEF is looking for end user input to the standards process, as well as to facilitate face to face user input to its base of service providers.

“It’s only by getting the end-user decision makers face to face with those within the service provider organizations making service roll out decisions that we can see the rapid adoption of Ethernet services as the choice for MAN and WAN services,” said Gary Southwell, vice president of the MEF who is heading the initiative.

“The end goal is to facilitate a brokerage of information between end user needs and what the service providers offer.”

The MEF has also created a new End User (Enterprise) portal on their web site (www.metroethernetforu.org).

The forum is made up of an estimated 70 member companies representing a range of Ethernet service providers, local exchange carriers and network equipment vendors.