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Ten Times The Speed: MEF Unveils First Six 100G CE 2.0 Certified Vendors In The World
100G CE 2.0 Certified Solutions Enable Service Providers To Address Performance & Scalability Requirements Of Demanding Applications With Confidence

DALLAS, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Standards-based Carrier Ethernet 2.0-based networks are getting faster by an order of magnitude as the MEF today announced the first 6 vendors to offer 100G CE 2.0 certified products – supporting the future of high-speed interconnects in the Internet and in the Cloud. The vendors are Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Coriant, Huawei, and Infinera.

In May 2015, the MEF announced expansion of the CE 2.0 Certification Program to include network equipment used for delivering E-Line and E-Access services that can be port or VLAN based up to 100 Gigabits per second. Previously, the upper limit for MEF CE 2.0 certifications was 10Gbps. The 6 CE 2.0 equipment vendors have since undergone rigorous testing procedures to be among the first to achieve 100G CE 2.0 certification.

Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer of the MEF, said: "We congratulate all of the vendors who have achieved the important industry milestone of 100G CE 2.0 certification.  In the near term, this will enable service providers to deliver standards-compliant connectivity and access solutions up to 100G to support demanding applications like data center interconnection. Over time, it also helps lay a highly scalable CE 2.0 services foundation to support dynamic, cloud centric services that will be orchestrated over more automated, interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV."

100G CE 2.0 testing and certification was performed by Iometrix, the network industry's preeminent testing authority globally recognized as the official test laboratory of the MEF. Iometrix President and Founder Bob Mandeville said, "The MEF's inaugural 100G certifications are proof-positive that service providers can now procure and deploy equipment to immediately respond to emerging customer requirements for the next level of capacity and speed wrapped into fully compliant Carrier Ethernet E-Line and E-Access services." 

The first group of certified companies attended a special ceremony on Tuesday, 17 November that was hosted by Iometrix in the Services Interconnect Zone of the GEN15 global networking conference held at the the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

About the MEF

The MEF is the driving force behind the ~$80 billion global market for Carrier Ethernet services and technologies and the defining body for LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) standards that underpin emerging Third Network services with CE 2.0, SDN, and NFV. An industry alliance consisting of nearly 220 member organizations based in 43 countries, the MEF operates through a powerful collaborative framework of service providers, network solutions suppliers, and other stakeholders to achieve CE 2.0 and LSO development and globalization objectives.

MEF's flagship work is CE 2.0, including specifications, operational frameworks, and certification programs for services, equipment, and professionals. Visit for more details on these programs. 

Building on fourteen years of success with Carrier Ethernet, the MEF is now focused on development of LSO with APIs to enable paradigm-shifting agile, assured, and orchestrated services over more efficient, automated networks. The MEF's vision for the transformation of network connectivity services and the networks used to deliver them is referred to as the "Third Network," which combines the on-demand agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of CE 2.0. For information on the Third Network and LSO download the MEF's Third Network Vision & Strategy White Paper and Third Network Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Vision White Paper.



For further information: USA & International PR contact: Hannah Whitrow, Zonic Group PR,, +44 7760 806 070; EMEA: UWE Scholz, Zonic PR EMEA,, +49 172 3988 114; Asia Pacific: Shirley Yeh, Zonic PR Asia,, +86 21 321 00018