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.

New Answers for Bringing Scale to the Carrier Ethernet Metro Edge – Part 1

Aug 27, 2013 by Brian Van Voorhis

Brian Van Voorhis of OvertureMany service providers are searching for new ways to scale up their service capacity and speed service delivery as they transition their edge and aggregation network from a legacy non-MEF network to one that is Carrier Ethernet CE 2.0 compliant. In this blog series we outline an optimized architecture vision that helps service providers migrate from a non-MEF edge/aggregation network to a MEF-compliant network.   The factors we consider are a) the embedded base of bridging elements in the edge /aggregation network b) the establishment of MPLS in the core and c) how software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) concepts potentially alter the landscape in planning a solution. 

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)

Wholesale Ethernet access - the ENNI and E-Access places three new requirements on the service provider

Jul 29, 2010 by Mark Durrett

Last week we discussed how wholesale Carrier Ethernet access services have become the latest high speed tool for service providers to reach their business customers.  And we remarked on the MEF’s new global connectivity initiative and the emergence of the Ethernet external network-to-network interface or ENNI.  This week, we’ll explore some of the challenges of using this