MEF18 hosts 20 proof of concept demos featuring 50 service & tech service providers.

MEF announces the titles of nearly 20 Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase demonstrations that will be presented at the MEF18 global networking event ( mef18event.com), held 29 October – 2 November 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

The PoCs will highlight how the MEF 3.0 framework is revolutionizing the industry’s ability to orchestrate assured communications services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. Visit https://lnkd.in/dJpWTc3 for details.

MEF doubles Proof of Concept showcase at MEF18 event

PRESS RELEASELos Angeles, 15 August 2018 – MEF is pleased to announce that more than 50 service providers and technology solution providers will participate in 20 interactive Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase demonstrations at the MEF18 global networking event, 29 October – 2 November 2018.

The showcase will reveal the real-world value and applications behind the MEF 3.0 framework that is defining how assured communication services can be orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks.

The PoC Showcase will take place in the MEF18 Networking Hall at the JW Marriott LA LIVE, in Los Angeles, California, and will focus on four main areas of MEF 3.0 services of interest to enterprises, service providers, and technology vendors:

· Automated multi-domain, multi-technology service fulfilment and activation

· SD-WAN

· Service assurance

· Automated commercial interactions

· Universal CPEs

“MEF18 Proof of Concept demonstrations are crucial to accelerating the development and worldwide adoption of assured services orchestrated across automated networks with MEF 3.0,” said Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF. “We are delighted by the tremendous support of leading service and technology solutions providers who are participating in this year’s PoC Showcase. The fact that we have more than double the number of participants compared to last year’s popular showcase illustrates the strategic importance of MEF 3.0 in driving industry innovation.”

A list of PoC participant groups and preliminary titles of their demonstrations can be found on the PoC Showcase page. A final PoC list will be available in September 2018.

MEF18 attendees can look forward to seeing a wide range of topics covered in this year’s PoC Showcase, including:

· Standardized inter-carrier and intra-carrier LSO APIs for all aspects of the service lifecycle

· Orchestrated, virtualized Ethernet services using ONAP, DANOS, and white boxes

· Distributed catalogues

· Smart contracts for data-on-demand services

· Distributed ledgers and blockchain for ordering and billing/settlement

· Multi-layer optical/Ethernet services

· Machine learning for service assurance

· Intent-based networking

· 5G and network slicing

· Augmented reality use cases in multi-operator domain environments

· Self-optimizing networks

· Dynamic QoS for changing application demands

· Multi-vendor SD-WAN implementations using LSO

· Secure SD-WAN

· LSO Presto orchestration of uCPEs for feature and service enhancement

About MEF18

MEF18 focuses on enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated communications services for the digital economy. MEF18 is on pace to be bigger and better than last year’s popular MEF17 event, with a target audience of 1,000+ attendees from 275+ companies and 35+ countries; 250+ service and technology executives; 120 expert speakers, 115+ sponsors and partners; and more.

MEF18’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.

MEF18’s program will build upon popular elements of last year’s event while introducing several new activities. Elements include: world-class plenaries and sessions with service, technology, and enterprise expert speakers; MEF Workshops; the WAN Exchange (brought by WAN Summit); PoC demonstrations; MEF 3.0 implementation demonstrations; a vibrant Networking Hall; MEF Awards Dinner; Global Media Hub; LSO Hackathon; and on-site MEF professional certification exam preparation courses. This year, the 4Q18 MEF Members Meeting will be collocated with MEF18. For more information: http://www.MEF18event.com

Early Bird Registration Expires 31 August

Register now to save $100 on MEF18 registration though 31 August 2018. Qualified enterprise, government, press, and industry analyst professionals attend for free.

2018 MEF Awards Submission Deadline – 7 September

The 2018 MEF Awards program is open for entries until 7 September 2018. The program recognizes service, application, technology, and professional excellence and innovation. To view the full listing of 44 award options and to submit an entry, visit the awards’ website.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For sponsorship information, please visit the MEF18 Sponsor Price List and Sponsorships and Benefits pages or email Alysia Bennett at alysia@mef.net.

About MEF

An industry association of 200+ member companies, MEF recently 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, and Layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks. For more information: https://www.mef.net.

 

MEF nominations for 2018 Awards open

The Metro Ethernet Forum – the nonprofit international industry consortium advocating the adoption of Carrier Ethernet networks and services – has announced that the 2018 MEF Awards are open for entry.

For the 13th consecutive year, the 44 MEF awards will honour service, application, technology, professional excellence and innovation in five major categories.

The annual awards program recognizes service, application, technology, and professional excellence and innovation,  focused on emerging dynamic network services powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, NFV, SD-WAN, and Carrier Ethernet technologies. Award winners will be recognized at the MEF18 global networking event, held 29 October – 2 November 2018 in Los Angeles.

“We are seeing amazing, widespread efforts to accelerate the industry transition to agile, assured, and orchestrated services delivered across a global ecosystem of automated networks,” said MEF COO Kevin Vachon. “MEF is eager to celebrate the leading innovators who are helping define and progress the transformational approach to networking envisioned in the MEF 3.0 framework.”

All entries must be submitted by 7 September. Winners will be voted by top industry analysts and other qualified independent judges.  To view the full listing of award options and to submit an entry, please visit the awards’ website