Posts Tagged ‘Metro Ethernet Forum’

MEF Launches “Mobile Backhaul Initiative”

Sunday, February 12th, 2012
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The Metro Ethernet Forum has launched a “Mobile Backhaul Initiative for 4G/LTE,” aiming to create standards for backhaul that could provide a potential 25 percent backhaul savings for mobile operators.

The initiative seems to build on support for multiple classes of service (Multi-CoS) contained in the MEF 23.1 Multi-CoS Implementation Agreement.

“Mobile Operators all agree that the industry’s single biggest challenge and operating cost is in delivering the bandwidth needed for 4G/LTE backhaul” says MEF President, Nan Chen.

The “Mobile Backhaul Initiative” will feature an integrated suite consisting of the MEF 22.1 Mobile Backhaul implementation agreement, MEF 23.1 Multi-CoS implementation agreement, and a technical business paper clarifying the urgency and justification of migrating to Multi-CoS.

The program focuses on providing technical guidance on best practices and a new paper on packet-based frequency synchronization as well.

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Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (CECP) Prep Course

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
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Also in this issue: Fujitsu Expands its Ethernet Portfolio with AccedianMartin Lebeau Named ‘Ace of Finance’10 Gbps Wireless, 8 Tbps Fixed in 25 Years?Nokia Siemens Networks Partners with Accedian

Carrier Ethernet Professional Certification (CPEC) Prep Course

Accedian Networks is pleased to introduce a Prep Course for MEF’s Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (CECP) certification designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of Carrier Ethernet from an application perspective. This rigorous course will go beyond providing a simple overview of MEF services definitions. Rather, it will teach students how to apply Carrier Ethernet concepts and related technologies for transport and access, how to define unique differentiated services, as well as how to specify products that can deliver those services.

The course is designed to prepare candidates to successfully complete the certification process by combining lecture, interactive analysis and practical exercises to provide thorough coverage of Carrier Ethernet technical material. At the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of Carrier Ethernet concepts, MEF-defined services and interfaces, and a basis for how these services are delivered using common Carrier Ethernet data networking technologies and protocols.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction – Carrier Ethernet Professional Certification Overview
  • Module 1 – Carrier Ethernet Services
  • Module 2 – Carrier Ethernet Interfaces
  • Module 3 – Transporting Carrier Ethernet
  • Module 4 – Carrier Ethernet Access
  • Module 5 – Carrier Ethernet Applications

Independent Industry Education

Accedian Networks’ CECP Prep Course provides a technology-oriented perspective of the Carrier Ethernet industry and MEF concepts. The course is intended for professionals from any service provider or equipment vendor looking for the most comprehensive preparation in the field of Carrier Ethernet.

Click here for more details and registration.

Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe

Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd. will OEM Accedian’s full product line of MetroNID® and MetroNODE 10GE™ Ethernet demarcation devices as part of its FDX2400 family of products. This will enable Fujitsu to deliver an enhanced, end-to-end solution with the industry’s most accurate performance measurement. The agreement puts both companies in a strong position to continue leveraging the growing market for high performance Ethernet applications. “Our customers rely on us to help them build and operate the highest performing networks,” said Alan Davidson, Head of Products & Service Solutions, Fujitsu. “The Accedian demarcation equipment represents the state-of-the-art in Ethernet Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) equipment. Combining this functionality with Fujitsu’s Ethernet access product and service portfolio will enable us to deliver tremendous value to our customers.” Read Press Release

Accedian Networks' Martin Lebeau Crowned 'Ace of Finance' by FEI Canada

Ace 2011 FEI Canada

Accedian’s Vice President Finance and CFO, Martin Lebeau, was named an ‘Ace of Finance’ by the Québec Chapter of Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada) in its first annual The Aces of Finance contest. Martin won in the ‘Emerging Financial Executive’ category based on his professional achievements, his exceptional contributions to Accedian Networks, and his involvement in community service. In a press release issued last week by the Quebec Chapter of FEI Canada, Bertrand Lauzon, President of the contest organizing committee stated: “Over the last few years, the role of the financial executive has become increasingly more complex, and now carries greater responsibility. In such a context, it’s crucial for financial executives to be treated as business partners that can add value. This contest thus serves to recognize those financial executives and to promote the values so deeply held by members of FEI Canada.” Read Press Release

10 Gbps Wireless, 8 Tbps Fixed in 25 years
With the caveat that 25 years is a business horizon too far in the future to be meaningful for any operating executive or organization, consider some of the ways futurists think the future of bandwidth and capacity will change in 25 years.

Mobile devices will have the power of a supercomputer, argues Donald Newell, AMD Server CTO. To be more precise, a then-current smart phone will have more processing power than today’s servers, Newell argues.

Phones will have more than a terabyte of local memory,” adds Mark Lewis, chief strategy officer at EMC. He predicts that all of our digital information will be backed up over the cloud. “If I lose my phone, I can pick up a new one, enter my code word, and it will re-identify me and push all of my information out to my new device.”

As you will immediately grasp, those developments will have immediate and direct implications for bandwidth demands. A mobile device with the processing power of a supercomputer, with a terabyte of local storage, and using cloud-based apps, will represent an end point with huge appetite for communications.

Cisco’s Dave Evans, Chief Futurist, thinks at-home consumers will have access to multi-terabit Internet connections. “I could have an 8-terabit per second connection to my home,” he says. “That’s more connectivity to my home than most countries have.”

As a result, the core networks will operate at petabit per second speeds, about 10 to the 15th power, about three orders of magnitude bigger than terabit networking according to Evans.

For wireless networks, typical speeds will be as high as 10 gigabits per second, as fast as the fastest optical core networks today. See for a look at 25 ways information technology will be different in 25 years.

Bandwidth increases on that order of magnitude—at least in the wireless arena—will require more than spectrum allocation. It will require continued significant advances in signal coding and compression, with some likely changes in network architecture as well. Additional spectrum will help, but it’s hard to see typical mobile users getting 10 Gbps without robust new developments in coding.

If not, using today’s technology, cell sites would be so small they would be virtually indistinguishable from a fixed connection, in which case “mobility” wouldn’t be possible.

But 25-year horizons are not meaningful, and predictions for what the world will be like that far out are almost always incorrect. One might find more success betting against today’s 25-year predictions instead.

That’s not to say Moore’s Law is repealed, or that users will stop demanding more bandwidth. It’s just that linear projections are almost always wrong over the long term.

On a relatively immediate basis, though, some projections that can seem outlandish are directionally valid enough to support rational business planning. Netflix, for example, has supported its business by mailing DVDs to customers. It began doing so because at one point there was no way to support delivery over the Internet, even though its very name suggests that possibility.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings claims that back when even cable modems and digital subscriber line were not available, “we took out our spreadsheets and we figured we’d get 14 Mbps to the home by 2012, which turns out is about what we will get.”

“If you drag it out to 2021, we will all have a gigabit to the home,” Hastings argues.

Still, Netflix took the rational route and did not build its revenue model on bandwidth that wasn’t available; it built on what was feasible at the time. Lots of application service providers based their businesses on inadequate bandwidth and server infrastructure in the early 2000s, and most failed because of those assumptions.

Now, lots of providers are about to make a business out of cloud computing, which is the same concept, but in an infrastructure environment that has changed dramatically.

Timing might not be everything, but it’s close. For that reason, no rational executive can build a business today based on expectations of 10 Gbps consumer mobile connections. But the direction is clear enough.

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Nokia Siemens Networks has integrated Accedian Networks’ MetroNID® demarcation device, and its MetroNODE 10GE™ Ethernet Operations Administration and Maintenance (OAM) aggregation platform with their solutions such as Mobile Backhaul, Carrier Ethernet Transport and Multiservice IP Backbone. “The data deluge in mobile networks is quite a challenge for mobile service providers,” said Martin Brundert, Head of Solutions Management for Network Systems at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Therefore, we made Accedian devices an integral part of our solutions with fully verified interoperability between our base stations and Accedian network elements covering the entire backhauling network. Our solutions help customers to verify and maintain the performance of packet networks. This significantly improves the Smartphone user experience.” By integrating their respective best-of-breed products for packet networks, the two companies will enable service providers to stay on top of their network performance and deliver improved end-user satisfaction. Read Press Release

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New Backhaul Opportunities for Alternative Access Vendors (AAVs)
June 21st, The Marriott Marquis, New York City

The LECs have dominated the backhaul market in the 2G and early 3G era, but AAVs and MSOs are playing a much larger role in building out backhaul capacity for the mass market 3G and 4G era. Accedian Networks will take part in this session which will look at the business models and technology solutions that alternative wholesalers are pursing and how they are positioning their capabilities to meet the increasingly demanding SLAs of the wireless carriers.

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August EtherNEWS – MEF Update, Tips for Beating the Heat During The Dog Days of Summer and the Latest News from Accedian

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
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This Month’s Issue

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) held its annual members’ meeting in Vancouver, BC on July 19th. In addition to the elections for the Board of Directors there were a number of interesting organizational and procedural changes. In this issue we’ll provide an insightful update on the latest happenings at the MEF.

It’s that time of year again when you get hot just looking outside. But what about outdoor plant equipment installed in cabinets where 180°F temperatures are possible. What’s the real impact of heat on network elements (NEs) and what can you do to ensure that you won’t be called back from vacation early to replace “melted” NEs?

Accedian Networks continues the global expansion of its commercial organization by acquiring $15M of growth equity financing lead by Summit Partners. This equity infusion to our already profitable company will enable us to keep up with demand and continue to grow our world-class customer support organization.

In other news, Craig Easley, Accedian’s VP of Marketing & Product Management has been re-elected to his 8th term on the MEF Board of Directors for 2010/2011.

Also in this issue, Ethernet Wholesale: Network & Operational Challenges – check out our ENNI & MEF Video tutorial on the reasons behind the development of the ENNI standard, a review of the ENNI phase I project scope, and an introduction to the important concepts covered in the MEF 26 technical specification.

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Application Highlights

MEF Annual Members Meeting – Vancouver, BC

The MEF’s annual members’ meeting is typically the most exciting meeting of the year. This year was no exception as 18 Carrier Ethernet industry experts vied for the 11 seats on the MEF’s Board of Directors. Accedian’s Vice President of Marketing, Craig Easley, was elected to an 8th term, making him the second most tenured member after Nan Chen, the MEF’s founding President.

The MEF leadership also worked through a number of changes to the organization of the marketing committee. In order to better manage the definition and execution of its global marketing strategy, the Board created a Global Marketing organization to lead the Regional Marketing and Marketing Working Groups in the delivery of their respective contributions to the MEF’s marketing activities.

A number of technical and marketing projects made progress at the meeting, but none more visible than a procedural change to the MEF’s Certification Program. Having long been one of the keys to the MEF’s success, the Program was in need of an update to reflect the differing needs of the two groups (Equipment Vendors and Service Providers) who participate in the program. The new Certification Program starts with input from the Marketing Committee rather than relying solely on the Technical Committee to develop an Abstract Test Suite based upon a completed Technical Specification or Implementation Agreement. This will enable new Certifications to be developed drawing from multiple technical documents in order to meet the market needs of those seeking the certification.

Application Highlights

Heat – Something to Think About While on Vacation

At this time of year, during the dog days of summer, we’re all looking to take a vacation from work and to beat the heat.  Although most of us will still stay tethered to work one way or another, we’ll be relying on the fact that the networking equipment doesn’t take an “unexpected” vacation while we’re enjoying ours.

Heat and humidity are the two greatest causes of failures in telecommunications equipment. Equipment installed in outdoor plant cabinets can be subjected to extreme heat conditions up to 60°C or a balmy 140°F! In order to avoid a meltdown in the network (literally!), manufacturers typically take steps to build and qualify environmentally hardened products suitable for deployment in harsh outdoor plant conditions.

Deploying low power, environmentally-hardened and self-cooled NIDs for Ethernet service demarcation instead of high power switch routers—that typically require active cooling in order to survive the dog days of summer—is proving to be a popular choice. This is especially the case for mobile backhaul deployments where remote equipment at cramped cell tower locations can mean poor air circulation, higher temperatures and more stress on the mission-critical networking equipment required to keep the air-waves talking.

For a more in-depth discussion on this subject, please refer to the EE Times article Some Like It Cool…

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’s commercial efforts and support its continuing global market share expansion, as evidenced by four years of 100%-plus, year-over-year growth and profitability.
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The election, which was held at the quarterly members meeting in Vancouver, Canada marks Easley’s eighth term as a member of the MEF Board. Easley will continue to serve as MEF North America Marketing Co-Chair and as Executive Co-Chair for the Access and Mobile Backhaul Working Groups.
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