TeliaSonera achieves MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification

TeliaSonera has become the latest service provider to gain the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certification (CE 2.0), adding new quality and service enhancements to its retail and wholesale lines for business and carrier customers.

The service provider is the first provider in the Nordics and Baltics to gain this certification, and one of three global carriers, including Telstra and Globe Telecom, that previously gained this certification. The certification covers retail and wholesale services TeliaSonera delivers with Alcatel Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Cisco, Juniper, MRV and OneAccess equipment.

The CE 2.0 certification is something the company can bring to customers in its homeland Nordic and Baltic regions and in the United States, where TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) provides services to a host of carriers and content providers.

Bernd Den Hollander, director of product management for transport and infrastructure services at TeliaSonera International Carrier, told FierceTelecom that gaining CE 2.0 certification means the company can improve the customer experience for both its local and international customers by accelerating the timeline of deploying Ethernet services.

"We are really trying at TSIC to focus on the customer, so for us it's an improved end-to-end customer experience that we're aiming for," he said. "That's why we believe we should accelerate and proof test our carrier Ethernet portfolio with the highest standards and it's also important to have a consistent end-to-end service which is well understood by our customers into our Nordic footprint."

While the certification will have implications for the wholesale service line, he said the ultimate beneficiary will be the multi-national enterprise end-customers that purchase Ethernet services to run their businesses.

In particular, the certification will help TSIC address the growing movement MNCs are taking to use hybrid networks that incorporate a mix of Layer 3 data services and the public Internet.

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