So the way Carrier Ethernet has been defined, is the way traditional Ethernet was defined – by classifying attributes. And we define standardized services – initially point-to-point and multipoint-multipoint services for transparent private line, VPL & LAN services, but we’re adding new service types like e-Tree too. These offer ubiquitous global & local service via standardized equipment requiring no change to the customer’s LAN and existing connectivity. The services are ideal for converged voice, video & data networks and offer choice and granularity of bandwidth & QoS options. So the services you sell are well-defined, globally recognized standard services. The secondly attribute is reliability. Ethernet has traditionally been known as the best effort technology – not necessarily a bad thing, because the reason Ethernet became number one was because it was the cheapest good enough technology. But when it becomes carrier-class, you want to make sure there's a reliability component built in. Today’s Carrier Ethernet can detect & recover rapidly from incidents, as low as 50ms recovery without impacting users. It meets the most demanding quality and availability needs for critical business applications. Next is the scalability. We want to make sure we'll be able to scale from a speed perspective – scalable, granular bandwidth from 1to 10Gbps and beyond. Carrier Ethernet spans access, metro, national & global services over variety of infrastructures, service providers & MSOs, so that millions can use a service that is ideal for widest range of business, communications & entertainment applications with voice, video and data. Then comes Quality of Service, with as wide a choice and granularity of QoS options as of bandwidth options. The MEF has defined standards that allow Service Level Agreements (SLAs) matching the needs of voice, video & data over converged business & residential networks, because we set exacting standards for such characteristics as CIR, frame loss, delay & delay variation. So the fifth one is service management. What we have defined is carrier class OAM, with the ability to monitor, diagnose & centrally manage via standards-based vendor independent implementations. This means rapid service provisioning. Most of the service providers today are experiencing somewhere between 200% to 300% growth in the United States, as well as in Hong Kong. Carrier Ethernet’s service management facility helps them to maintain and accelerate their service provisioning to new customers as well as updating existing services.
Representative group of 146 service providers (Carriers & MSOs), equipment providers, software & test companies with uniformity of purpose - to accelerate the global adoption of Carrier Ethernet networks & services
Highly successful in establishing 20+ globally adopted Carrier-class Ethernet specifications
Over 200+ industry thought leaders at each quarterly meeting developing technical and marketing programs on a global and regional basis
MEF Membership Includes increasing MSOs and related Suppliers Now 146 Members
Bright House Networks
Cable & Wireless
KDDI R&D Laboratories
Level 3 Communications
Orange Business Services
Service Provider, Cable/MSO Members May 2008
Adva Optical Networking
Equipment Vendors, Test Companies, Lab Members
Fujitsu Network Communications
Nokia Siemens Networks
Nortel Networks Corp.
RAD Data Communications
T | Pack
Wuhan Fiberhome Networks
Membership doubled over 2 years
Diverse mix of SP, vendor and test groups
Commitment and active involvement in Forum workgroups
RCN Business Solutions
Shanghai Information Network
Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Telecom
Carrier Ethernet Defined Carrier Ethernet is: Defined by five attributes that distinguish it from familiar LAN based Ethernet A ubiquitous, standardized, carrier-class Service and Network
Carrier Ethernet Scope and Reach HD TV, TVoD, VoD, Content Providers Video Source Gaming, DR, ERP Voice/Video Telephony Internet information & Software apps Host applications, Consolidated Servers Carrier Ethernet Carrier Ethernet wire-line and mobile backhaul with copper, fiber , cable, wireless access network delivery SoHo & Residential Triple-Play Small/Medium Business Enterprise Clients Mobile data/video
Carrier Ethernet for Mission Critical Applications
Top Market Sectors
Healthcare, finance, education, government, media
Site-to-site access, server consolidation, business continuity / disaster recovery, software as a service (SaaS), service orientated architecture (SOA), Internet access, distributed imagining, converged networking
Scalability, control, reliability, performance, data center & server consolidation, expedites and enables new applications
Cost reduction, revenue acceleration
Carrier Ethernet brings significant business benefits to mission critical applications
Robust enterprise customer demand is projected for the next five years, with double-digit annual growth across all geographic regional markets: Asia/Pacific, EMEA, U.S., and ROW.
Service providers throughout the world are committed to Ethernet as the future ubiquitous standard for network service connectivity.
Ethernet equipment vendors are actively enabling this important transition.
Customer accessibility to fiber facilities is the top challenge to worldwide growth of Ethernet services.
Detailed market statistics are available through Vertical Systems Group’s ENS Research Programs ( www.verticalsystems.com ).
Business applications for Ethernet Services include Dedicated Internet Access (DIA), Ethernet Private Lines, Ethernet LAN / VPLS, and Ethernet access to other network services (e.g., IP/MPLS VPNs, Frame Relay, etc.). Worldwide revenue for Business Ethernet Services mounts steadily to nearly $31 billion by 2012.
Ethernet Services + MSOs = Success! Carrier Ethernet enabled applications, Simple technology, Certified, ubiquitous services are key and ideal for mid market expansion for MSO and Cable Operators
Carrier Ethernet Architecture for Cable Operators Headend Hub EQAM CMTS Optical Metro Ring Network Video Server D2A Ad Insertion E-LAN E-Line Business Services over Fiber (GigE) Voice gateway Voice/Video Telephony Digital TV, VOD, Interactive TV, Gaming Managed Business Applications Internet Access Analog TV Feeds A2D Hub UNI CE E-NNI Another MSO or carrier Network EoDOCSIS (future) EoT1/DS3 PON Greenfield Residential & Business Services EoSONET/SDH, EoPDH CE UNI WDM UNI Home Run Fiber EoCoax EoHFC Switched Fiber Business Park Business Services Node E-Line E-LAN CE UNI CE Wireless Plant Extension Leased T1/DS3 CE UNI
MSOs + Carrier Ethernet: Business grows locally Mid-Market Home Office Home Office Branch Office or Retail HD TV, TVoD, VoD, Content Providers Video Source Gaming, DR, ERP Voice/Video Telephony Internet information & Software apps Host applications, Consolidated Servers Simple low cost Carrier Ethernet services grows Mid market business, but still has limited penetration Carrier Ethernet Network Home Office Branch Office or Retail Multi-regional cable operators extend footprint but are limited to selected markets Via Carriers: QoS, bandwidth & varies by region .
MSOs + Carrier Ethernet: Business growth improves nationally and globally Home Office Branch Office or Retail Cable Operator A Video Source Internet information & Software apps Host applications, Consolidated Servers, VoIP, etc Home Office Branch Office or Retail Cable Operator A Mid-Market Home Office Business footprint unlimited, spanning other cable operators and service providers Carrier/PTT Cable Operator B Branch Offices Standardized QoS, bandwidth Carrier Ethernet Network
MSOs + Carrier Ethernet: New Wholesaling Opportunities Video Source Internet information & Software apps Host applications, Consolidated Servers, VoIP, etc Home Office Branch Office or Retail Cable Operator A Home Office Branch Office or Retail Mid-Market Home Office Cable Operator B Branch Offices Cable Operator A Carrier Ethernet Network Branch Office Carrier/PTT Large Enterprise Remote Carrier buys wholesale service to access branch office with Carrier Ethernet connections
Drivers for Carrier Ethernet in the Cable Industry
Expansion of business footprint beyond local and regional footprint
Cooperation and wholesale revenue from traditional carriers
Pooling of resources, simplicity of implementation enables business cooperation creates new opportunities
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
70 Services, 400 systems, 75 suppliers and service providers now approved
Assures service providers that Carrier Ethernet Equipment complies with MEF Specifications
Assures enterprises that Certified Carrier Ethernet services will perform to defined service level specifications – minimizes risk
Facilitates migration to Carrier Ethernet – Assurance that SP Carrier Ethernet offering is reliable and supports converged applications
“ Are you MEF compliant?” frequently seen in RFP’s MEF 9, MEF 14, MEF 18 for Equipment Manufacturers MEF 9, MEF 14, for Service Providers Approaching 500 systems and services certified 19 service providers, 59 equipment manufacturers June 18, 2008