CE 2.0 certification has been developed to bring these new benefits to service providers, equipment vendors and users more quickly, with higher quality and at lower cost. The 680 test cases in the new certification program replace months or even years of costly and highly specialized test development required for assuring compliance with the new CE 2.0 services. CE 2.0 certification accelerates the ability for service providers to deploy new services and to bring deserved industry recognition for innovation and quality.
Widely recognized MEF 9 and MEF 14 certifications remain valid and available under the umbrella of the new “CE 1.0 Certification” brand.
“CE 1.0 Certification has been an extraordinary success,” stated Nan Chen, President of MEF. “With nearly 150 vendors and service providers already offering over 1,000 certified products and services globally, there is no lack of choice for demanding customers. With CE 2.0 experiencing immediate adoption, we expect CE 2.0 certification program to exceed the uptake of our first certification program.”
CE 2.0 supports multiple classes of service plus manageability across interconnected provider networks – unlike the standardized CE 1.0 services delivered over a single provider’s network. E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree and a new E-Access service type are available for certification both as port based and virtual services.
There will be a four month initial phase for the new certifications culminating in announcements of the first certified equipment vendors in 4Q2012 and the first certified service providers in 1Q2013. An introductory webinar is being held on May 2nd – see the website http://www.MetroEthernetForum.org/ for details and registration. As with CE 1.0 certification, successfully certified members will be permitted to use the appropriate CE 2.0 certification logo and will be listed on the MEF’s Certification Registry on the MEF website.