North Carolina-based fiber provider DukeNet Communications is the latest service provider to be awarded the Metro Ethernet Forum's rigorous Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification.
CE 2.0 provides additional capability to match the performance needs of enterprise customers with specific service level agreements. It's an important factor in business-class Ethernet services, a fast-growing market segment in which many Tier 2 and 3 CLECs and cable operators like Comcast Business (Nasdaq: CMCSA) and Cox have found a profitable foothold.
DukeNet is joining a comparatively small group: so far, only 11 service providers and 25 equipment vendors have achieved CE 2.0 certification since the standard was implemented in April 2012. Other certification holders include Comcast Business, Lumos Networks (Nasdaq: LMOS), Alaska Communications, tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC), Fibernoire, Rogers (NYSE: RCI) and XO.
"CE 2.0 certification requires months of collaboration, network setup and testing," said David Herran, DukeNet's vice president of network architecture and technology planning. "It provides the building blocks for establishing network-to-network interfaces (NNIs) with our Ethernet service provider partners. DukeNet continues to expand Ethernet services to more locations, and our partners enable us to connect to locations outside of our own footprint. CE 2.0 certification gives us the ability to confidently tell our customers that we can interconnect without issue."
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