XO Communications' Ethernet services get MEF 9, 14 certification nod

XO Communications' (OTC BB: XOHO) Ethernet users now have another assurance that their service is sound as the CLEC earned the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF) MEF 9 and MEF 14 certifications.

In this latest wave, the MEF certified three of XO's services as MEF 9 and MEF 14 compliant: Point-to-Point Ethernet, conforming to MEF Ethernet Private Line (EPL); XO Ethernet Hub Service, conforming to MEF Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL); and XO Ethernet VPLS, conforming to MEF Ethernet LAN Service (ELAN).

MEF 9 Certification
MEF 14 Certification

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Both MEF 9 and MEF 14 define a series of test cases to verify the ability of a carrier Ethernet network to deliver MEF-compliant carrier Ethernet services.

MEF 9, otherwise known as Ethernet Services at the User Network Interface (UNI), is a designation that the MEF uses to define test cases that verify that carrier Ethernet EPL, EVPL and ELAN services comply with the functional EVC (Ethernet Virtual Connection) and UNI (User Network Interface) service attributes and the Ethrenet service definitions defined in the MEF technical specifications MEF 10 and MEF 6.

Likewise, MEF 14 certification provides tests to ensure an Ethernet service meets the service provider's QoS and performance goals.

Having these MEF certifications in hand means that any existing or potentially new customers that want to adopt XO's Ethernet service will know exactly what they are buying. Such certifications will become even more important as XO increasingly faces new competition from aggressive cable operators such as Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) offering their own Ethernet services to SMBs and larger business customers.

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