MEF Publishes Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance White Papers, Underpinning Third Network Services

Details Performance Monitoring Best Practices Supporting End-To-End SLAs & Quality Experience

mefLOS ANGELES, 22 September 2016 – MEF (, the driving force enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services, today released a pair of white papers focused on Understanding Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance. These white papers provide an in-depth guide to assurance and performance monitoring best practices across the body of MEF work. Assurance has been a foundational characteristic of widely deployed MEF CE 2.0 (Carrier Ethernet 2.0) services and is now becoming even more vital with the move toward dynamic Third Network services orchestrated over combined physical and virtual networks powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV technologies.

The white papers are available for download from the MEF website here.

White Paper Part I: An Introduction to Service Assurance and Carrier Ethernet Service Performance Attributes explores assurance and performance monitoring in the context of CE 2.0 services and addresses the evolving role of performance management with respect to the Third Network vision and LSO. Assurance encompasses the procedures used to both monitor a network service and to maintain a particular service quality. Performance management is a proactive function which gathers and analyzes multiple data points across a service to understand the performance of a service and its underlying components.

White Paper Part II: How To Measure Carrier Ethernet Performance Attributes focuses on the practical considerations and methods for measuring CE service performance. The reader will benefit from understanding how to measure service quality based on MEF’s global standards. Having performance-oriented service assurance elements – specified in more than a dozen MEF technical specifications – centralized and accessible to the reader enables a more efficient and rapid implementation of best practices for CE 2.0 service assurance.

MEF has published these white papers to enable service providers, in the near term, to deliver high-value CE services that are fully assured and provide the service quality required in today’s competitive business service and carrier-to-carrier markets. As the industry evolves, it will be critical for service providers to adopt assurance best practices – including definitions of KPIs, instrumentation methods, and the presentation and sharing of performance management – in order to achieve the necessary end-to-end service transparency required to support Third Network services delivered across multiple provider networks.

“Assuring network service quality for enterprises and consumers has never been more important,” commented Christopher Cullan, Director of Product Marketing, Business Services Solutions, InfoVista, and editor of the CE Service Assurance white papers. “Carrier Ethernet has been leading the way for connectivity services by assuring performance through industry best practices, and, equally important, by providing a standards-based foundation for building dynamic inter-operator and inter-cloud connectivity. As a proud member of MEF, InfoVista is pleased to help drive the sharing and adoption of these best practices to achieve the best service quality for both today’s and tomorrow’s networks.”

“MEF wishes to thank our member professionals who played important roles in creating the service assurance white papers, including editor and principal author Christopher Cullan and contributors from Cisco, RAD, Charter, AT&T, and PLDT,” said Nan Chen, President of MEF. “Their work will make it easier for service providers to implement assurance in support of robust SLAs and also to have a common, standard model to share performance data required for multi-provider Third Network services.”

About MEF

MEF is the driving force enabling Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. The Third Network concept combines the agility and ubiquity of the internet with the assurance and security of CE 2.0. Third Network services provide an on-demand, orchestrated, and assured experience with user-directed control over network resources and cloud connectivity. Third Network services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE 2.0.

MEF leverages its global 210+ network operators and technology vendor community, builds upon the robust $80 billion Carrier Ethernet market, and provides a practical evolution to the Third Network with LSO, SDN, and NFV implementations that build upon a CE 2.0 foundation. For more information, see

MEF is the host of the MEF16 ( global networking event that will be held during 7 – 10 November 2016 at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore/Washington, USA.

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