ATIS, MEF collaborate on method to accelerate Ethernet ordering processes

ATIS and the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) have completed joint effort to update the Access Service Request (ASR) ordering process to fully support MEF-defined Carrier Ethernet services, a move that they say will give service providers a standards-based guide to automate and operationalize their Ethernet service offerings.

These ASR enhancements have been published and implemented in ATIS OBF Access Service Ordering Guidelines (ASOG) Version 50. 

The new guidelines will also provide an opportunity for non-MEF member companies who use the ATIS Ethernet ordering model to comply with MEF service specifications. 

A big benefit of this collaboration is simplifying the Ethernet ordering process. In the process of creating the new specifications, ATIS' Ordering and Billing Forum and MEF members created new methods to better align current ASR ordering process versus MEF 10.3 (ENI/UNI Service Attributes) and MEF 26.1 (OVC/ENNI Service Attributes).

"The result is a much-needed industry specification that makes the Ethernet ordering process less complex and easier to use," said Dawn Kaplan, principal systems engineer for Ericsson, Co-Chair of the MEF SOC, and Co-Chair of the ATIS OBF ordering solutions committee, in a release.

For more:
- see the release

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