Friday, 24 February 2012 17:09

Ethernet inventor introduces Carrier Ethernet 2.0

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Bob Metcalfe, MEF advisory director and the inventor of Ethernet has launched the MEF's new Carrier Ethernet 2.0 specification.

Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0), announced overnight by the MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) adds several features to its predecessor.

Bob Metcalfe and Nan Chen

CE 2.0 provides for eight services rather than the three in CE 1.0, multiple classes of service, plus new implementation agreements and management specifications.

"Just as the web browser revolutionised the efficiency and usability of the Internet, a new Ethernet will revolutionise the efficiency  and usability of Ethernet Service delivery," said Bob Metcalfe, MEF advisory director, the inventor of Ethernet, and professor of innovation at the University of Texas. "We would encourage everyone to join us here at MEF in changing the world again, with a new generation of Ethernet - Carrier Ethernet 2.0."

Nan Chen, MEF founder and president, explained that CE 2.0 is about the ability to deliver differentiated applications over interconnected, managed networks globally.

"The approval of key MEF specifications and implementation agreements in 2012 marks the tipping point that this new generation of services and networks can be confidently implemented and deployed as a new industry standards" he said. "CE 2.0 provides a new dimension for industry growth and prosperity."

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The new specification is expected to benefit service providers and telcos (including the provision of mobile backhaul for 4G/LTE services), large and small business users, and equipment manufacturers. For example, it will provide more consistent performance to multiple locations, improve the availability of multiple services on a single Carrier Ethernet connection, and standardise operations and hardware designs.

The MEF comprises more than 190 organisations, and aims to promote the adoption of carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. CE 2.0 marks a decade of standardisation efforts by the forum.


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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