The Road Ahead: Reimagining the Third Network

Sep 24, 2014 by Mark Durrett

Mark DurrettThe communications world is undergoing yet another swift, evolutionary shift and it’s bringing a host of new challenges to network operators’ doorsteps. The move to a more fluid, on-demand, and cloud-focused model means being able to react nimbly to changing market and customer needs and expectations, quickly leverage technology innovations, and rapidly capitalize on new service and revenue opportunities. Being able to adapt to this changing environment is key to the continued growth and success of Communications Service Providers (CSP); however, that could be easier said than done.

Accelerating Wholesale Carrier Ethernet: 4 Success Factors

Mar 24, 2014 by Mark Durrett

Note: this article originally appeared in the Comptel Plus Show Daily, March 18, 2014.

As Ethernet services have grown in popularity, communications service providers (CSPs) are coming to terms with the fact that, in order to deliver this popular offering to multi-site enterprise customers, they must partner with other operators to expand their service footprint and reach.  This has resulted in a red-hot wholesale market for Carrier Ethernet which has surpassed Frost & Sullivan’s predicted growth rates with rising demand for Ethernet both for mobile backhaul (tower/cell site access) and aggregation. Heavy Reading expects this trend to continue into the foreseeable future.

Overture Celebrates Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (CECP) Milestone with the MEF

Sep 6, 2013 by Keith Donahue

Following the 2012 introduction by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) of the Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (CECP) individual certification program, Overture Networks embraced the opportunity to train and certify as many of our customer-facing professionals as possible.

In the words of the MEF, the CECP program is “for telecommunication professionals seeking to validate their expertise, skills and knowledge of Carrier Ethernet technologies, standards, services and applications”.  Not all that different from the goals of other certifications in our industry, except this is the first one focused on standard terminology and frameworks unique to Carrier Ethernet networks.

This week, the MEF announces that it has certified the 1,000th Carrier Ethernet professional.

Photos and Insights from MEF's Carrier Ethernet Seminar Series in Bogota, Colombia and Santiago, Chile

Jun 8, 2012 by Mark Durrett

John Hawkins waxing poetic on CoS performance objectives[This article originally appeared in Carrier Ethernet News]

Last week, my company, Overture, had the honor of sponsoring and participating in two incredibly well-organized Carrier Ethernet Seminars put on by the MEF.  These were our third and fouth such events with the MEF and they were held in Bogota, Colombia and Santiago, Chile.  The MEF hold these educational seminars periodically around the world, with a particular emphasis on Latin American region where it hopes to build-up its nascent membership base.  The audience of nearly 120 at each event were very engaged and were treated to a full-day of material and sustenance.

Carrier Ethernet access technology choices simplified by online equipment directories

Aug 12, 2010 by Mark Durrett

In a previous post, Carrier Ethernet News discussed the expanding Carrier Ethernet market and how a variety of interactive guides such as the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)