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Press Briefing Barcelona – February 11, 2008 Kevin Vachon – COO, MEF Michael Howard, Infonetics Research Olle Gustafsson, Ericsson / MEF Mobile Backhaul Group Carsten Rossenhoevel, EANTC / MEF Mobile Backhaul Group Peter Croy, Harris-Stratex / MEF Mobile Backhaul Group Press Briefing Agenda

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press briefing barcelona february 11 2008

Press BriefingBarcelona – February 11, 2008

Kevin Vachon – COO, MEF

Michael Howard, Infonetics Research

Olle Gustafsson, Ericsson / MEF Mobile Backhaul Group

Carsten Rossenhoevel, EANTC / MEF Mobile Backhaul Group

Peter Croy, Harris-Stratex / MEF Mobile Backhaul Group

press briefing agenda
Press Briefing Agenda
  • MEF Program Update
  • Carrier Ethernet for Mobile Backhaul
    • Market Overview
    • Carrier Ethernet Value Proposition
    • Circuit Emulation and Certification
    • MEF Platform for Backhaul Success
  • Q&A
mef mission key areas of work
MEF Mission & Key Areas of Work

Accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier Ethernet networks and services

Specifications and Liaison

Marketing Carrier Ethernet

Certification Program

carrier ethernet defined
Carrier Ethernet Defined

Carrier Ethernet is:

A ubiquitous, standardized, carrier-class Network and Service

Defined by five attributesthat distinguish it from familiar LAN based Ethernet

mef membership january 2008
MEF Membership January 2008

Service Provider and Cable MSO Members

  • AboveNet
  • Alpheus Communications
  • AT&T
  • Bell Canada
  • Bright House Networks
  • British Telecom
  • Cable & Wireless
  • Charter Communications
  • China Telecom
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • Colt
  • Comcast
  • Cox Business
  • Demand Broadband
  • Embarq
  • FiberTower
  • KDDI R&D Laboratories
  • Level 3 Communications
  • ntl: Telewest
  • NTT Advanced Technology
  • Optimum Lightpath
  • Orange Business Services
  • PCCW
  • PT Prime
  • Qwest Communications
  • RCN Business Solutions
  • Reliance Communications
  • Shanghai Information Network
  • Singapore Telecom
  • Sprint
  • Suddenlink
  • Swisscom
  • Symphony Communication
  • Telecom Italia
  • Teliasonera AB
  • Telus
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Time Warner Telecom
  • T-Systems
  • Uecomm
  • Verizon Business
  • VSNL International
  • XO Communications

… Now 142 Members

certification programs
Certification Programs

MEF Certified Services and Devices

MEF Certified Equipment Manufacturers and Service Providers

mef marketing focus
MEF Marketing Focus

Marketing Carrier Ethernet

Phase 1

Drive Service Provider

Adoption of CE

Phase 2

Enable SP Services

Growth, Certification,

SP Collaboration

Phase 3

Increase Enterprise


Eastern Europe, South America, selected APAC countries, China, India

Western Europe, North America, Japan, Korea, Australia, Singapore

mef marketing at work in 08
MEF Marketing at Work in 08
  • Global
    • MEF TV/Case Studies
    • Analyst Programs & Portals
    • Toolkits for Service Providers
    • Global Services Directory, April launch
  • Regional
    • Regional groups – NA, APAC & EMEA
    • Events – 16 in Q1 alone
    • Speakers Bureau
    • Press Events
    • Accelerating Certification Uptake & Membership Growth
carrier ethernet scope
Carrier Ethernet Scope

Wireless Backhaul

Bringing extended scalability for business, residential & mobile users



Gaming, Business

Backup, ERP



Voice gateway





Carrier Ethernet Network





mobile data/video

E-Line and

E-LAN service



Small/Medium Business

FTTx and DSLAM , Cable Modem

ethernet mature for carrier class deployment
Ethernet Mature for Carrier Class Deployment
  • Service providers
    • 2007 study of 27 service providers around the globe with $15B avg. revenue
  • Much progress compared to 2 years ago
  • 93% are using Ethernet collector rings
  • Nearly ¾ have Ethernet overlay networks
  • Over half see savings of 11%-40% using Ethernet
  • Still want more management, OAM&P

Source: Infonetics Research, Service Provider Plans for Metro Optical and Ethernet: NA, EMEA, APAC 2007

robust ethernet service revenue worldwide
Robust Ethernet Service Revenue Worldwide
  • Healthy growth displaces frame relay, ATM, private line services
  • Transparent LAN grows faster

Source: Infonetics Research, Ethernet and IP/MPLS VPN Services, 2007

infonetics observations
Infonetics Observations
  • $Billions of Ethernet services revenue worldwide, and growing
  • Many services offered, more planned over Ethernet
    • Voice, video, data, storage, security, EPL
  • Service providers moving to all packet networks adding more Ethernet, Ethernet, Ethernet
  • Carriers are updating their networks to increase capabilities to deliver more services over Ethernet
    • Business services
    • Broadband backhaul & service delivery
    • Mobile backhaul
worldwide cell site connections growing
Worldwide Cell Site Connections Growing
  • Installed WW connections
    • 2006 = 2.9 million
    • 2010 = 4.8 million
  • Ethernet fastest growing through 2010
  • Mobile operators pay incremental charges for 2x to 10x bandwidth
    • New options solve major problem for operators

Source: Infonetics Research Mobile Backhaul Equipment, Installed Base & Services, 2007

mobile backhaul equipment market opportunity
Mobile Backhaul Equipment Market Opportunity
  • Ethernet fastest growing
    • wireline
    • microwave


Source: Infonetics Research Mobile Backhaul Equipment, Installed Base & Services, 2007

mobile backhaul has dynamic growth
Mobile Backhaul Has Dynamic Growth …



  • New mobile applications and bandwidth growth(>100% in 2008 with much more to come)

Legacy TDM

Movies, music, news, more music, text, web, more content ..

but big issues
But Big Issues …

Mobile applications and bandwidth growth is great, but …

  • Fierce competition = squeeze on margins
  • Exploding bandwidth requirements currently constrained by prohibitive costs of legacy networks
  • Most mobile traffic is broadband/IP centric (TDM is not)
  • Current TDM services can’t scale to handle growth.
  • Time/urgency
    • Cost effective development of Mobile Backhaul is stalled.
    • Services providers have report no clear path forward

Carrier Ethernet removes these barrier to progress

ethernet options solve backhaul cost problem
Ethernet Options Solve Backhaul Cost Problem
  • PDH (T1/E1 etc.) costs climb directly with bandwidth
  • Ethernet wireline costs grow gently with large bandwidth increases (Eth, DSL, PON, cable)
  • New IP/Ethernet wireline options to satisfy the the #1 investment driver: operational cost savings

Stay on PDH


Source: Infonetics Research Mobile Backhaul Equipment, Installed Base, and Services, 2007

key reasons for carrier ethernet 1
Key Reasons for Carrier Ethernet (1)
  • Carrier Ethernet
    • Economically meets exploding bandwidth requirements currently constrained by the prohibitive costs of legacy networks
    • Leverages rapid move to Carrier Ethernet for wireline traffic enabling a single integrated wireline and mobile backhaul network
    • Much easier for service providers to manage and maintain
  • Most mobile traffic is broadband/IP centric
    • Carrier Ethernet is optimized for packet data traffic
  • Overcomes TDM (T1/E1) services scalability
    • This alone makes Carrier Ethernet the compelling choice
  • Time/urgency
    • Carrier Ethernet removes the barrier to timely progress
key reasons for carrier ethernet 2
Key Reasons for Carrier Ethernet (2)
  • Unlimited scalability and ubiquity
  • Reliability with full SLA support and full OAM capabilities
  • Smooth transition from legacy networks
    • Protects investment and seamlessly bridges from TDM to Ethernet over time
migration circuit emulation services ces
Migration: Circuit Emulation Services (CES)
  • CES is a major step in industry’s progression toward entirely converged networks
    • Transports TDM services over Carrier Ethernet services
    • Converged networks for data, video and voice have been a dream of the industry
    • Technical challenges to combine TDM and data are not trivial
    • MEF 8 was designed to meet these challenges, MEF 18 to certify conformance


  • Transition Path
    • Legacy voice traffic is transported via TDM and CES over Carrier Ethernet
    • Data growth is handled by Carrier Ethernet
    • Traffic is merged over time
mef 18 certification
MEF 18 Certification
  • MEF 18 provides standard testing of Circuit Emulation Services over Ethernet
  • 334 ground breaking tests and certification in the suite
  • Industry first impairment testing brings first test of emulation of clock recovery
  • MEF certification speeds implementation and enables full inter-operability
  • MEF 18 has many applications but is keyto Mobile Backhaul migration strategies
mef mobile backhaul positioning platform
MEF Mobile Backhaul Positioning Platform
  • Robust, proven, carrier- class technologies and services
  • Mobile Backhaul Operators Survey (30+ SPs) – early guidance to MEF
  • Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement for 2008
  • Circuit Emulation (MEF 8) and Certification (MEF 18)
  • Demonstrated Mobile Backhaul Interoperability
  • Education: White papers, presentations, case studies
mobile backhaul interoperability showcase
Mobile Backhaul Interoperability Showcase
  • Live mobile application demonstration
  • End-to-end services
  • Resiliency
  • End-to-end CE Service OAM
  • Quality of Service support
  • Performance monitoring
  • Bandwidth profiles
  • Circuit Emulation Services
  • And more…..

Learn more from the “Public Multi-Vendor Mobile Backhaul Interoperability Test” White Paper