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About MEF

OVERVIEW 

About the MEF
The MEF, as the defining body for Carrier Ethernet is a global industry alliance comprising more than 150 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations. The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide.

Purpose
The MEF develops technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide.

Mission
The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. 

1. Build consensus and unite service providers, equipment vendors and end customers on Ethernet service definition, technical specifications and interoperability.
2. Facilitate implementation of existing and new standards, Ethernet service definition, test procedures and technical specifications of the MEF to allow delivery of Ethernet services and make Carrier Ethernet-based core, metro and access networks truly carrier class.
3. Enhance worldwide awareness of the benefits of Ethernet services, enabled applications and Ethernet based networks.

Priorities and Scope
The primary priorities of the MEF are to define:
a. Ethernet Services for metro transport networks
• Such services shall be delivered over native Ethernet-based Metro networks and could also be supported by other transport technologies.
b. Carrier-class Ethernet-based metro transport technologies by: 
• Specifying architecture, protocols and management for Ethernet-based metro transport networks
• Supporting such Ethernet Services
The secondary priorities of the MEF are (when deemed necessary) to define:
a. Work to be done by other organizations on other transport technologies
b. Non-Ethernet interfaces, if not defined by other organizations.

MEF Deliverables
1.   Implementation Agreements on existing standards
2.   Test Procedures
3.   Position Statements to  propose new standards for existing standards bodies
4.   Technical Specifications of new standards in the MEF
5.   Marketing evangelism and collateral
6.   Certification Program
7.   Education Programs and Demonstrations
8.   Practical examples of Implementation of Carrier Ethernet

How it works
The MEF technical and marketing committees lead and organize the voluntary participation of member company representatives. The work of the members is supplemented by a small number of contractors.

Objectives
Most members send representatives to MEF Quarterly member meetings held in North America and Europe.

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