MEF OPENS CALLS FOR PROPOSAlS FOR MEF 3.0, MEF19 PROOF OF CONCEPT SHOWCASE

Service providers and technology vendors to present groundbreaking demonstrations of dynamic and assured services across automated, virtualized, interconnected networks

Los Angeles, February 12, 2019 – MEF is pleased to announce that the Call for Proposals for the sixth annual MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase is now open. The MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase is the core of the MEF19 global networking event, held November 18-22, 2019 at the JW Marriott LA LIVE in Los Angeles, California. This year’s MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase will feature up to 20 live demonstrations by many of the world’s most renowned communications service providers and technology vendors.

“The MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase is the industry’s opportunity to display leadership in current and future network services, value-added service features, and advanced networking technologies,” said Nan Chen, President, MEF. “Each year we witness progressive innovations in this showcase, and we are eager to see what will be presented at MEF19 by the service providers, technology vendors, system integrators, and enterprises that are implementing MEF 3.0 concepts.”

The MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase is one of the most anticipated elements of MEF19 – the premier networking event of the year for high-ranking professionals who are pushing industry innovation for the digital service provider market. MEF19 is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees from 270+ companies and 35+ countries.

Participants in the MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase will be eligible for the MEF 3.0 PoC Awards, which recognize PoC teams that excel in illustrating dynamic and assured services orchestrated across automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks. A panel of leading industry analysts will review MEF 3.0 PoC demonstrations and score them on innovation, quality, and alignment with MEF’s work and MEF 3.0 vision.

“Many of the MEF 3.0 PoC demonstrations will highlight how service providers can implement different aspects of MEF 3.0 services, including concepts involving blockchain technology, analytics, and intent-based networking,” said Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF. “We expect to see demonstrations of MEF 3.0 services that are based on MEF’s work in SD-WAN, inter-carrier automation, LSO interoperability with SDN and NFV, Optical Transport, Carrier Ethernet, and IP.”

The Call for Proposals is now open. Companies interested in participating in the MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase can submit their demonstration proposal via the submission portal here: https://www.mef.net/2019_PoC_Submissions_Portal. Detailed submissions should be received by May 10, 2019, and the submission process will be completely closed on July 12, 2019. Selected participants will be announced on July 29, 2019. Participation will be limited to a maximum of 20 demonstration teams, with each team having a minimum of three participating companies – service providers, technology vendors, and/or service orchestration solutions providers.

For more information on the MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase, contact Tom Dickson at tom@mef.net.

Click here to see seventeen PoC videos from MEF18 that illustrate the tremendous progress that industry players are making on the journey to dynamic MEF 3.0 services.

MEF19

MEF19 is the global event showcasing network services for the digital economy, where transformation leaders converge and innovate. MEF19 focuses on accelerating the industry transition to dynamic, assured, and certified services across a global federation of automated networks. Emerging cloud-centric “MEF 3.0” services provide an on-demand experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. These services are orchestrated across automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV.

MEF19 has a target audience exceeding 1,000 professionals from 270+ organizations and 35+ countries. MEF19’s content, networking, and special activities are designed to appeal to executives and other senior experts from communication and cloud service providers; enterprises; government organizations; network technology suppliers; systems integrators, open source projects, standards organizations; industry and financial analysts; investors; the press; and others.

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About MEF

An industry association of 200+ member companies, MEF has introduced the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying assured services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 services are designed to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. MEF 3.0 services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. MEF produces service specifications, LSO frameworks, open LSO APIs, software-driven reference implementations, and certification programs. MEF 3.0 work will enable automated delivery of standardized Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other Layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks. For more information: https://www.mef.net

FLEET SPACE LOGS 3M DEVICES FOR IOT SATELLITE NETWORK

Australia’s Fleet Space Technologies is claiming ‘massive success’ with more than one million devices registered on its Project Galaxy low cost satellite network less than 24 hours after the network launched.

The network aims to provide global, low-cost LoRaWAN coverage for internet of things devices globally, promising connections for just US$2 per device, per year.

The one million devices, which include ‘hundreds of thousands’ of devices from several Fortune 500 companies and IoT startups, will be connected within the next three years, with a further two million on the waiting list to join the network.

Flavia Tata Nardini, Fleet Space Technologies chief executive, says Project Galaxy booking out within 24 hours shows the ‘enormous dmeand’ of low-power, cost efficient industrial IoT.

“The revolution is here,” Tata Nardini said.

“The market has spoken – our edge computing IoT gateway, deployment of long range LoRaWAN devices and ultra-low cost connectivity is what customers around the world need, right here, right now.”

The Adelaide-based company launched its first satellites in November, using New Zealand-based Rocket Lab for the launch, followed by further launches of larger satellites later that month from ISRO (the Indian Space Research Organisation) and Elon Musk’s SpaceX in December.

The satellites are the start of a constellation of nano satellites creating a global network to connect some of the 75 billion sensors expected to be in use globally over the next decade.

Fleet says the nano satellites will bring mass-scale efficiencies for industries such as agriculture, mining and logistics by enabling businesses to gather complex, revealing data to improve their operations.

When combined with Fleet’s ground terminal – dubbed The Portal – the constellation, which will eventually include more than 100 satellites, will enable connectivity in remote industries where cellular networks are not present.

A further 10 satellites are now being prepared for launch to meet customer demand.

Fleet says the possibilities for mass scale IoT deployment are ‘endless’. The company cites examples including tracking cattle on remote Australian outback farms, monitoring temperature fluctuations in bee hives in California and for safely applications along Canada’s essential oil pipelines.

The company was founded in 2015 by aerospace engineers Tata Nardini and Matthew Tetlow, along with co-founder Matt Pearson, and is backed by Blackbird Ventures, Mike Cannon-Brookes’ Grok Ventures, Horizon Partners and the South Australian Government.

“For years, the market has faced systems that are too expensive, plagued with limited bandwidth or operating in technology silos. Industrial IoT solutions are no longer out of reach, we’re thrilled to be a pioneering ultra-low cost IoT for business across the globe,” Tata Nardini said.