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."
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.