The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) launched Phase 2 of its Carrier Ethernet Certification Program, which is aimed at accelerating the global uptake of Carrier Ethernet. Certifications will be issued to service providers complying with MEF specifications.
The initial certifications for E-Line and E-LAN Ethernet services will be announced during the first quarter of 2006. AT&T, Met-Net, Qwest, SBC Communications Inc. Time Warner Telecom, T-Systems and Verizon are among the first service providers to express their commitment to Ethernet service certification, with further tier 1 and tier 2 providers also showing keen initial interest.
Since Phase 1 of the program -- focusing on systems and equipment certification -- was launched in April 2005, 39 systems have been certified as complying with the MEF's Carrier Ethernet service specifications.
- During the MEF's Phase 1 certifications, all the products were tested by Iometrix in accordance with it's MEF-approved "Test Plan for Ethernet Services at the UNI" and the certificates state whether they deliver EPL (Ethernet Private Line), EVPL (Ethernet Virtual Private Line) and/or E-LAN (Ethernet multipoint-to-multipoint) services compliant with the MEF 9 technical specification for such services.