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. By gaining CE 2.0 certification, service providers can create a critical foundation upon which to build wholesale connectivity services enabled by emerging Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO), Software Defined Networking (SDN), and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technology solutions. During the past year, 16 U.S. and international service providers, including China Telecom, Colt, Telus, and others, have gained CE 2.0 certification.
"Along with growing carrier support for LSO standards development, this illustrates that the industry is getting better prepared to deliver on the Third Network Vision of on-demand, assured connectivity services that are orchestrated across multiple carrier networks," said Nan Chen, president of the MEF in a release. Release