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CE 2.0 MEF CertifiedThe MEF Certification Program enables service providers to certify that their Carrier Ethernet services comply with the relevant MEF specifications.

The program has been a significant contribution to the successful worldwide deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide with more than 200 certified service products deployed by more than 70 service providers using around 500 certified products from 80 equipment manufacturers.

Details of all current service certifications and providers are available in the MEF Certification Registry.

Available CE 2.0 Certifications

  • E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree, E-Access and E-Transit
    Introduced in 2012, CE 2.0 certification represents a significant test of functionality and is driven by the rapidly growing market demand for CE 2.0 services. The CE 2.0 certification testing is the result of rigorous testing by a third party MEF-approved test lab using 634 test cases derived from the MEF specifications. CE 2.0 certification testing replaces many months, or even years, of expert internal test development for the 5 CE 2.0 service types – E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree, E-Access and E-Transit.

Impact of Services Certification

For Retail Service Providers
  • Brings CE 2.0 benefits to market much faster with higher quality and at lower cost
  • Accelerates deployment by creating a standardized, trusted baseline
  • The 634 test cases replace many months or even years of test development
  • CE 2.0 in RFPs prequalifies and speeds vendor selection
  • Creates proper recognition, differentiation for companies offering advanced CE 2.0 services and products
For Wholesale Carrier Ethernet Operators of E-Access and E-Transit
  • Greatly accelerates time-to business
  • Fast track to joining the Carrier Ethernet community and realizing profitable new revenue from existing footprint
For Business Customers
  • Reduces implementation risk and speeds procurement

 

 

Certification Blueprint
Technical Foundation

CE 2.0 services certification was defined and approved by the MEF member companies over a period of several years, and the MEF Board of Directors is responsible for approving the third party test lab (Iometrix) to carry out CE 2.0 certification and testing. The MEF Certification Committee develops and promotes the MEF Certification program strategy. However, the MEF is not party to the commercial or testing aspects of the testing which are agreed directly between the service provider and the third party approved test lab.

  • Any service provider with a Carrier Ethernet service can apply for certification of its service - providing it is a MEF member at the time of the actual certification testing.
  • Technical information on MEF compliance requirements are contained in the CE 2.0 Certification Blueprint. It is not mandatory to use CE 2.0 certified network equipment for the CE 2.0 certified service - however it is strongly recommended by the MEF in order to maximize the efficiency of the process of certifying the CE 2.0 service.
  • A service provider can certify one or more Carrier Ethernet service types. It is not required to certify for all five service types (E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree, E-Access and E-Transit)

CE 2.0 certification is carried out by the MEF-approved test lab - Iometrix. Candidate CE 2.0 service providers are invited to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Iometrix directly to initiate the following process:

  • Qualification: Service providers conduct a detailed review of the candidate services for certification by telephone and email with Iometrix. A thorough and effective Qualification phase enables the minimization of effort required by service provider for the subsequent Configuration phase.
  • Configuration: Once the Qualification phase is complete, the service provider configures its service according to recommendations by Iometrix in order to prepare the service for live testing. Again, an effective Configuration phase minimizes the time and effort required by the service provider for the Testing phase.
  • Testing: The third and final phase is the Testing phase. Iometrix provides two or more network probes to the service provider which are then attached by the service provider in pre-defined locations to enable remote testing by Iometrix of the service to be certified.

When a CE 2.0 service certification is successfully achieved for the first time, the service provider is subsequently referred to as a CE 2.0 Service Provider and is provided with a customizable CE 2.0 Service Provider Marketing Kit which includes:- a CE 2.0 certificate; CE 2.0 Test Report; customizable presentations and a comprehensive CE 2.0 Press Kit. CE 2.0 Service Providers and their CE 2.0 services are entered into the MEF Certification Registry.

 

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