MEF tackles Ethernet service interconnect problems

Metaratings
18 Nov 2014
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ITEM: The Metro Ethernet Forum has revealed a new global initiative with wholesale operators to fully standardize interconnectivity for Carrier Ethernet services.

The Ethernet Interconnect Points (EIP) Initiative covers all aspects of an Ethernet connection point between two wholesale operators – including requirements relating to location, facilities, ENNI, wholesale service alignment and business process alignment.

The EIP initiative addresses one of the primary challenges of offering wholesale Ethernet services: the need of their customers to provide end-to-end Carrier Ethernet services over network segments they don’t own or control. When service providers use wholesalers to fill in the gaps in their Ethernet service coverage, they need seamless interconnection between all the different network segments to make it all work.

The MEF has already issued a standard ENNI interface to handle interconnection. But just having a standard ENNI isn’t enough. From the press release:

… there are many questions and requirements that need to be resolved in order to enable effective business processes between the two operators, and to enable end-to-end management and troubleshooting of the service across the connection.“Consensus among Carrier Ethernet providers is important for the successful definition of standardized Ethernet Meet Points,” said Matthew Duckworth, director of Ethernet product marketing, Verizon Global Wholesale and a co-initiator of the MEF project. … there are many questions and requirements that need to be resolved in order to enable effective business processes between the two operators, and to enable end-to-end management and troubleshooting of the service across the connection.“Consensus among Carrier Ethernet providers is important for the successful definition of standardized Ethernet Meet Points,” said Matthew Duckworth, director of Ethernet product marketing, Verizon Global Wholesale and a co-initiator of the MEF project.

AT&T, Frontier Communications and Windstream are also founding members of the EIP Initiative, which was formed earlier this year but unveiled publicly on Monday during the Verizon Partner Conference at the MEF’s GEN14 event in Washington DC.

Mike Lesher, assistant VP of product marketing management at AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions, said the initiative “is a big step towards providing a network infrastructure capable of supporting an all IP environment by 2020.”

According to MEF, the EIP Initiative has identified the key challenges and is now being formalized into a MEF project, which will officially give it the resources of the organization’s 130-odd service provider members.

The MEF says the EIP Phase 1 Implementation Guideline should be published sometime next year.

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