Ethernet’s long history is one of reinvention. From coaxial to twisted pair cable, increased bit rates, Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and 10 Gbit/s Ethernet LAN to 100 Gigabit Ethernet standardization, the dominance of this protocol and its relative ease of deployment have enabled service providers to drive up revenues while driving down prices.
Since the inception of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) in 2001, Metro Ethernet has evolved into Carrier Ethernet and achieved worldwide expansion within both national and international networks. As the defining body for Carrier Ethernet, the MEF has helped grow Carrier Ethernet services into a billion-dollar market that is expected to top $39 billion by 2017.
The original Carrier Ethernet, now referred to as CE 1.0, delivered standardized carrier-class services over one provider’s network. The new Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 specifications have defined the next generation of Carrier Ethernet with standardized multiple class of service (multi-CoS), interconnect and manageability attributes across eight (up from three) service types, procuring service providers with a standardized approach to delivering Carrier Ethernet-based services.
Of course, one of the most compelling aspects of CE 2.0 lies in the ability of its functionalities to improve service providers’ day-to-day operations. In addition, beyond delivering services, its technical specifications can be leveraged to provide operational efficiencies that directly translate into OPEX savings.
If you’d like to learn how standardized test methodologies and advanced test architecture can be leveraged to activate and maintain these services, tune into our Carrier Ethernet webinar. As an added bonus, we’ll show you practical examples of where CE 2.0 services can be used to deliver business and application connectivity.