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New MEF COO outlines carrier Ethernet strategy for ’07

Kevin Vachon, new chief operating officer for the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), today outlined the strategic role of ...


February 23, 2007  


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Kevin Vachon, new chief operating officer for the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), today outlined the strategic role of the MEF in the year ahead.

Also speaking at NetEvents European Press/Analyst Summit in Evian, France was Nan Chen, president of the MEF, who delivered an industry update, projected technical work and the road ahead for MEF certification and provided an overview of European marketing initiatives.

According to Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research, Carrier Ethernet Switch and Router (CESR) manufacturer revenue worldwide grew 132% from 2005 to 2006, and will continue strong growth to $9.1B in 2010, a 5-year CAGR of 16%.

“Carriers clearly want and are deploying Carrier Ethernet qualified routers and Ethernet switches,” he said.

“Meanwhile, other technologies are in decline, as worldwide spending on metro SONET/SDH equipment hit a peak in 2006, and will be lower than CESR in 2007, with a negative 5-year CAGR through 2010.”

In his new role, Vachon will be responsible for managing the day to day activities of the MEF, including coordinating and enhancing contracted professional resources to the Technical and Marketing Committees and enhancing member support with the creation of “Member Services” function.

He talked today about the “massive untapped market beyond the fiber infrastructure and the role of Ethernet access via bonded copper, coax and wireless technologies.”