Category Archives: Ethernet

MEF 2016 Excellence Award-Winners Moving the Third Network Forward


This week, the telecommunications industry gathered at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, for the MEF16 ( global networking conference. The event, hosted by MEF (, featured the presentation of the MEF 2016 Excellence Awards.

Word Is Spreading About ‘The Third Network’

word-is-spreading-about-the-third-networkIf you haven’t heard about the Third Network, now’s the time. The Third Network combines the internet and Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) and enables the delivery of on-demand, assured network services like software defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV) and lifecycle service orchestration (LSO) directly to businesses.

Network Operators, It’s Time to Embrace the ‘Third Network’

Business People Meeting Discussion Working Office ConceptNetwork operators today are face a great deal of pressure to deliver on demand, SLA-backed, self-service offerings over interconnected data communications networks. To accomplish this, many are turning to a cutting-edge solution, which MEF, the global defining body for Carrier Ethernet (CE), refers to as the “Third Network.”

MEF Releases Two White Papers on Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance

Global network backgroundMEF just released a pair of new white papers to help businesses understand carrier Ethernet service assurance.

Assurance is a foundational element of widely-deployed MEF CE 2.0 (carrier Ethernet) services. It’s very important, especially when considering the widespread business migration to dynamic Third Network services over combined virtual and physical networks powered by technologies, such as LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV technologies.

Vertical Systems Group: Mid-Year 2016 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

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Orange retains the top rank; Level 3 advances

global-lb-mid-2016-e1472652953500BOSTON, MA, September 7, 2016 – Vertical Systems Group’s Mid-Year 2016 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD results are as follows (in rank order based on retail port share): Orange Business (France), Colt (U.K.), BT Global Services (U.K.), AT&T (U.S.), Level 3 (U.S.), Verizon(U.S.) and NTT (Japan). The Global Provider LEADERBOARD is the industry’s benchmark for multinational Ethernet network market presence, ranking companies that hold a 4% or higher share of billable retail ports at sites outside of their respective home countries.

Global Capacity to Speak on the Value of Interconnection and a Network Marketplace in the Digital Age

Jack Lodge, President of Global Capacity, to Join Industry Leader Panel at ITW 2016

Global CapacityChicago, IL, USA, May 3, 2016 Global Capacity, the leading connectivity as a service company, announces its participation at International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2016, taking place in Chicago, May 8-11. ITW is the annual meeting for the global wholesale telecommunications community, bringing together participants from around the world and providing the opportunity to learn and network with industry peers, suppliers and customers.

MEF Publishes Ethernet Interconnect Point (EIP) Implementation Agreement to Streamline Standardized Interconnection of Carrier Networks

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Industry Collaboration Maximizes Coverage Of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Standards To Support Third Network Services

Los Angeles, 12 April 2016 – The MEF ( is pleased to announce the publication of the milestone Ethernet Interconnect Point (EIP) ENNI Implementation Agreement – MEF 54. This Implementation Agreement (IA) is designed to streamline the interconnection of operator networks to support end-to-end Carrier Ethernet (CE) services. The IA provides practical guidance so operators can evolve their networks to meet full CE 2.0 E-Access interconnection capabilities. The IA gives operators the steps involved to create these new interconnections either all at once or in a series of steps. The  IA represents the completion of Phase 1 of the MEF EIP project.

2015 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Originally posted on Vertical Systems Group

Leaderboard Vertical Systems GroupColt, AT&T and Level 3 gain share for the year; Colt advances into second position ahead of BT Global

BOSTON, MA, March 30, 2016 – Vertical Systems Group’s year-end 2015 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD results are as follows (in rank order based on retail port share): Orange Business Services (France), Colt (U.K.), BT Global Services (U.K.), AT&T (U.S.), Verizon (U.S.), Level 3(U.S.) and NTT (Japan). The Global Provider LEADERBOARD, the industry’s benchmark for multinational Ethernet network market presence, ranks companies that hold a 4% or higher share of billable retail ports at sites outside of their respective home countries.

Global Capacity’s Nationwide Ethernet Service Expansion Means More Bandwidth for More Locations

Global CapacityGlobal Capacity continues its nationwide Ethernet service expansion, completing a substantial network investment in 830 Central Offices (COs) to address growing bandwidth consumption and customer needs for higher speeds and better performance.

IP Transit Prices Continue Falling, Major Discrepancies Remain

September 09, 2015

IP transit service prices continue to decline throughout the world. According to new data from TeleGeography’s IP Transit Pricing Service, median 10 gigabit per second Ethernet (10 GigE) port prices across key global transit markets decreased an average of 14 percent compounded annually between 2012 and 2015, and 22 percent in the past year. Despite widespread declines, significant price disparities persist between primary Internet traffic hubs and more remote markets.