AT&T may be accelerating its Ethernet capabilities to threaten BT and Orange Business Services in the global Ethernet race, but the service provider still faces challenges in establishing interconnection agreements with other carriers outside of its wireline territory.
Windstream has wrapped up the expansion of its metro fiber network in the Charlotte, N.C., area, enabling it to address business service opportunities with connections into more buildings and data centers.
Windstream and Charter are the latest business services providers to gain the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification, a designation that's becoming a Good Housekeeping seal of approval for Ethernet providers.
CenturyLink, Frontier and TelePacfic are the latest service providers to begin participating in the Metro Ethernet Forum's Ethernet Interconnect Points (EIP) project, an effort to create standard guidelines for Ethernet interconnection.
The Metro Ethernet Forum said that the number of service providers that have received MEF CE 2.0 certification has risen 82 percent from 28 percent in the second quarter of 2014 and 55 providers worldwide as of August.
Telstra has become the latest service provider to achieve the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for its international Ethernet portfolio, adding new quality and service enhancements to its retail service line for business customers.
The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) is making its own play in the network virtualization industry with a new network as a service (NaaS) initiative called the "Third Network," one that could potentially complement or challenge existing efforts to develop SDN and NFV by focusing on connectivity services.
Allstream, Manitoba Telecom Services' business services subsidiary, has added the Metro Ethernet Forum's Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification to its growing list of amenities to attract new multi-site business customers.
RCN Business, a competitive business service provider, added another potential element of differentiation by gaining the Metro Ethernet Forum's Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification.
The Metro Ethernet Forum has begun a new leadership chapter, naming Andrew McFadzen, Orange Business Services' head of global marketing, as its new chairman.