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MEF Certification Programs
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November 2011
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Topics
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Program Overview
Equipment Certification
Services Certification
Professional Certification
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MEF: Defining Body of Carrier Ethernet
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Standards
Established : 2001
Focus on Carrier Ethernet Services
185+ Member Companies
85+ Service Providers
Global Representation
Education
Compliance
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MEF Certification: Enabling Standardization
The MEF Carrier Ethernet Certification Programs certify
• Services
That earn buyers’ trust by conforming to MEF
standards of quality and performance
• Equipment
That service providers rely on to build Carrier
Ethernet services
• Professionals
With the proven knowledge and skills to support the
explosive growth of Carrier Ethernet
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MEF Certification Program
Benefits
• Strengthens market
presence and recognition
• Strengthens market
presence and recognition
• Professional achieves career
advancement through
knowledge recognition
• Builds buyer confidence
• Builds buyer confidence
• Reinforces product
launches
• Accelerates deployment of • Employer simplifies the
new systems
choice of candidates
• Supports responses to
customer RFPs
• Reinforces product
launches
• Industry grows via access to
better trained professionals
• Accelerates responses to
customer RFPs
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MEF Services
Certification Program
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Worldwide Adoption of Service Certification
57 MEF Certified Providers
MERICA
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MEF Services Certification Process
Test Sites & Coverage Areas
• Tests performed on live services provisioned on production networks
• Multiple sites selected to represent service provider coverage area:
METRO
REGIONAL
NATIONAL
INTERNATIONAL
Technical Requirements
Test
Timeline
Process required at UNI
• MEF
certified&equipment
• Full
cycle of MEF
and MEF
14 tests typically
completed in
two weeks technologies
Services
can9 be
provisioned
on different
transport
 Test probes attached to verify end-to-end service delivery
 Test conducted from Iometrix test control center
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MEF Certifications for Services
Program certifies three most widely deployed Carrier
Ethernet services:
• EPL dedicated service that interconnects two sites
• EVPL multiplexed service that interconnects a hub
to multiple remote sites
• E-LAN meshed service that interconnects multiple
sites
MEF 9
MEF 14
Certifications
EPL Service
Ethernet Private Line
EVPL Service
Two major certifications validate service compliance and
performance:
• MEF 9 validates end-to-end service delivery and
functionality
• MEF 14 validates service performance and traffic
management
Ethernet Virtual Private Line
ELAN Service
Ethernet LAN
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MEF Specifications and
Certifications
Source MEF Carrier Ethernet specifications:
• MEF 6 defines the Ethernet services (EPL, EVPL, ELAN)
• MEF 10 defines Ethernet Service Attributes (EVC and UNI)
MEF 6
MEF 10
Ethernet Services
Definitions Phase 1
Ethernet Services
Attributes Phase 1
MEF 9
MEF 14
Abstract Test Suite for
Ethernet Services at the
UNI
Abstract Test Suite for
Traffic Management
Phase 1
MEF 9 Test Plan
MEF 14 Test Plan
for Ethernet Services at
the UNI
for Traffic Management
Phase 1
MEF Abstract Test Suites:
• MEF 9 and MEF 14 define abstract test cases and
procedures based on service requirements specified in MEF
6 and MEF 10
MEF Certification Test Plans:
• MEF 9 and MEF 14 Test Plans define all test cases
parameters and values based on MEF 9 and MEF 14 ATSs
MEF CERTIFICATION
PROGRAM
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MEF 9 and MEF 14 Certifications for Services
Cover full set of MEF Carrier Ethernet
service attributes:
• Verify compliance of User Network
Interface (UNI)
• Verify compliance of end-to-end
Ethernet Virtual Connection (EVC)
• Services validated at UNI from
subscriber point of view
MEF 9 Test Cases
Ethernet Services at the UNI
Test Cases for Ethernet Physical Interface
• Physical Medium, Mac Layer
• Speed, Mode
Test Cases for UNI Attributes
• Service Multiplexing
• Bundling
• All-to-One Bundling
Test Cases for Service Frame Delivery
• Unicast, Multicast, Broadcast Service Frame Delivery
• Layer 2 Control Protocol Processing
Test Cases for VLAN Tag Support
• CE-VLAN ID & CE-VLAN CoS
• CE-VLAN ID & CoS Preservation
• Mapping VLAN IDs
MEF 14 Test Cases
Traffic Management
TEST
PROBE
UNI
EVC
Test Cases for Service Performance:
• Frame Delay Performance
• Frame Delay Variation Performance
• Frame Loss Ratio Performance
Test Cases for Bandwidth Profiles:
• Per Ingress UNI
• Per EVC
• Per CoS ID
Subscriber
Carrier Ethernet network
Test Cases for Bandwidth Rate Enforcement:
• CIR (Committed Information Rate)
• CBS (Committed Burst Size)
• EIR (Excess Information Rate)
• EBS (Excess Burst Size)
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Testing Process for Services
Live Network Testing
Metro, National, International
• Tests conducted on service provider
production network
• Typically three sites selected to test EPL,
EVPL and ELAN services
• Test sites selected to represent service
provider footprint: Metro, regional/national,
international
Site A
Site C
PROBE
UNI A
UNI C
PROBE
PROBE
UNI B
Site B
Testing at the UNI
• Test probes attached to subscriber side of the UNIs to verify end-to-end service
delivery
• Services terminate at the UNI on MEF certified equipment
• Time to complete full cycle of MEF 9 and MEF 14 tests typically two weeks
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EPL Service Testing
Transparent Service
Dedicated Bandwidth
Site A
Test Probe A
UNI A
MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR UNI
SERVICE ATTRIBUTES
UNI Physical Layer
UNI MAC Layer
UNI EVC Support
UNI All to One Bundling
MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR UNI SERVICE
ATTRIBUTES
Bandwidth Profile per Ingress UNI
Bandwidth Profile Rate Enforcement
(CIR/CBS, EIR/EBS)
Point-to-Point EVC
MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR EVC SERVICE
ATTRIBUTES
Non-looping Frame Delivery
Invalid FCS Service Frame Discard
CE-VLAN ID Preservation
CE-VLAN CoS Preservation
EVC L2CP Processing
MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR EVC SERVICE
ATTRIBUTES
Frame Delay Service Performance
Frame Delay Variation Service Performance
Frame Loss Ratio Service Performance
Site B
UNI B
Test Probe B
MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR UNI
SERVICE ATTRIBUTES
UNI Physical Layer
UNI MAC Layer
UNI EVC Support
UNI All to One Bundling
MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR UNI
SERVICE ATTRIBUTES
Bandwidth Profile per Ingress UNI
Bandwidth Profile Rate Enforcement
(CIR/CBS, EIR/EBS)
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EVPL Service Testing
Multiplexed, VLAN-based
Service
Site A
Test Probe A
Site B
UNI B
Test Probe B
UNI C
Test Probe C
UNI A
Site C
MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR UNI
SERVICE ATTRIBUTES
UNI Physical Layer
UNI MAC Layer
UNI EVC Support
UNI Service Multiplexing
MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR EVC SERVICE
ATTRIBUTES
Non-looping Frame Delivery
Invalid FCS Service Frame Discard
CE-VLAN ID Preservation
CE-VLAN CoS Preservation
CE-VLAN ID/EVC Map
L2CP Processing
MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR UNI
SERVICE ATTRIBUTES
Bandwidth Profile per EVCs
Bandwidth Profile Rate Enforcement
(CIR/CBS, EIR/EBS)
MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR EVC SERVICE
ATTRIBUTES
Frame Delay Service Performance
Frame Delay Variation Service Performance
Frame Loss Ratio Service Performance
MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR UNI
SERVICE ATTRIBUTES
UNI Physical Layer
UNI MAC Layer
UNI EVC Support
MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR UNI
SERVICE ATTRIBUTES
Bandwidth Profile per EVCs
Bandwidth Profile Rate Enforcement
(CIR/CBS, EIR/EBS)
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E-LAN Service Testing
Mpt-to-Mpt Service
Site A
Test Probe A
Site B
UNI A
UNI B
Test Probe B
UNI C
Test Probe C
Multipoint-to-Multipoint
EVC
Site C
MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR UNI
SERVICE ATTRIBUTES
UNI Physical Layer
UNI MAC Layer
UNI EVC Support
MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR UNI
SERVICE ATTRIBUTES
Bandwidth Profile per Ingress UNI, EVC
Bandwidth Profile Rate Enforcement
(CIR/CBS, EIR/EBS)
MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR EVC SERVICE
ATTRIBUTES
Non-looping Frame Delivery
Invalid FCS Service Frame Discard
Service Frame Conditional Delivery
Single Copy Service Frame Delivery in MP to MP
EVC
CE-VLAN ID Preservation
CE-VLAN CoS Preservation
L2CP Processing
MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR UNI
SERVICE ATTRIBUTES
UNI Physical Layer
UNI MAC Layer
UNI EVC Support
MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR UNI
SERVICE ATTRIBUTES
Bandwidth Profile per Ingress UNI, EVC
Bandwidth Profile Rate Enforcement
(CIR/CBS, EIR/EBS)
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Test Bed Requirements and Set Up
Services Certification Test Set Up
Domestic Services Certification
Site B
• Three domestic sites selected for testing
• Service coverage areas can be metro,
regional and/or national
International Services Certification
• One national and two international sites
selected for testing
UNI Equipment
Site A
Test Probe A
UNI Equipment
Port 0/0
UNI A1
Port 0/2
UNI A2
Port 0/3
UNI A3
• Service coverage areas can be transnational,
continental and/or transcontinental
EPL
Test Probe B
UNI B1
Port 0/2
UNI B2
Port 0/3
UNI B3
Port 0/4
UNI C1
Port 0/5
UNI C2
Port 0/2
EVPL
ELAN
UNI Equipment
MEF Certified UNI Equipment
Test Probe C
Site C
• Service providers may deploy different models of equipment at the UNI from one or more manufacturers
• Requirement to deploy MEF certified equipment only applies to UNI – not core network equipment
• Complete list of MEF certified equipment available at www.metroethernetforum.org
Test Sites
• POP locations, readily accessible, internet connection available
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Certification Phases and Timeline
Achieving Certification in Three Phases
Preparation
Phase
Installation
Phase
Testing Phase
Preliminary technical
assessment of services and
network topologies
Test probe shipping and
installation at each site
Test executed
simultaneously on multiple
services
Determine applicable
certifications
Test site selection
Service provisioning and
turn up
Test probe and service
connectivity checks
Followed by MEF 14 tests
1 week
2 weeks
Completion of technical
test documentation
2 weeks
Start with MEF 9 tests
Troubleshooting when
required
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MEF Certified!
Certification kit
• Four main deliverables awarded to successful
service providers
• Designed to promote certification in product
sheets, presentations, website content, press
releases, product launches
Going to market with MEF certified services:
• Strengthen market presence and recognition
• Build buyer confidence
• Respond to business, wholesale and institutional
customer RFPs with certified service portfolio
Certification Deliverables
MEF Certificate
Official statement of
certification, serves as
proof of compliance
MEF Certified Logo
Instant recognition of MEF
certified companies and
services
Test Report
Full description of test
parameters, procedures
and results
Certification Directory
Widely consulted on-line
listing of MEF certified
companies and services
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Certification Test Report Outline
Test Report Scope:
• Individual test report for each tested service (EPL, EVPL, ELAN)
• Specifies provider commercial designation of service
Test Report
Outline
• Set of test results for MEF 9 and MEF 14
Service Description:
• Specifies attributes, parameters and values of service such as CE-VLAN
ID, EVC Type, MTU, CIR…
• Specifies equipment manufacturer and model deployed at UNIs
• Specifies service coverage area (metro, national, international)
Test Set Up:
Test Set Up and
Parameters
Service Technical
Description
MEF 9 Test Results
• Specifies test site locations
• Test probe deployment, configuration and parameters
Test Results:
MEF 14 Test Results
• Specifies object and procedure and result of each test case
• Test results can be Pass, Fail or Not Applicable
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does my company need to be a MEF member prior to certification?
• MEF membership is a pre-requisite to certification
• Not renewing MEF membership does not invalidate certification
For how long are certifications valid?
• Certifications have unlimited validity in time for services delivered across the
same type of UNI equipment deployed at the time of testing
• Certifications of new services or services delivered across UNIs or MENs
deploying new equipment, software releases or transport technologies are at will
Who should I contact to find out more?
• Iometrix is the MEF authorized certification lab since 2005
• Contact certification@iometrix.com or visit www.iometrix.com
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In Summary
Two reference certifications for Carrier Ethernet
services:
• MEF 9 validates service compliance and delivery
• MEF 14 validates service performance
Independent Testing Process
• Third party validation through MEF authorized lab
• Single, streamlined testing process
• Widely recognized and trusted certification program
Go to market with MEF certified services
• Strengthen service portfolio in competitive market place
• Respond to fast growing demand for standardized Carrier Ethernet business
services
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MEF Equipment
Certification Program
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Certified Equipment Program Goals
Enable equipment vendors to build &
supply Carrier Ethernet equipment,
certified compliant with MEF
specifications
• Service Providers use MEF specifications to build services
and require MEF certified equipment to ensure service
functionality and performance
• Accelerates introduction of Carrier Ethernet equipment into
service provider networks by streamlining procurement and
reducing test times
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83 Certified Equipment Vendors
July 2011
800+ products certified worldwide
MEF Certification Lab
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Benefits of Certifying
Equipment
• Sales Benefits
• Requirement in growing number of service provider RFPs
• Provides competitive advantage over non-certified equipment
• Builds buyer confidence and speeds up sales process
• Marketing Benefits
• Widely recognized by service provider and enterprise customers
• Aligns product portfolio with Carrier Ethernet industry standards
• Ensures high level of consistency in products & services
• Technical Benefits
• Single testing process saves time / costs on conformance testing
• Facilitates multi-vendor deployments
• Supports service provider services certification
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MEF Certifications for Equipment
Program certifies wide range of products
supporting Carrier Ethernet services:
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Focus on key Carrier Ethernet capabilities deployed by
service providers:
− Carrier Ethernet service delivery and performance
at the UNI
− TDM services delivered over Ethernet for mobile
backhaul
MEF 9 Certification
244 Test Cases
Ethernet Service at the UNI
MEF 14 Certification
170 Test Cases
Traffic Management at the UNI
MEF 18 Certification
334 Test Cases
CES over Ethernet
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MEF 9 and MEF 14 Certifications for Equipment
Certifies delivery of compliant, high
performance Carrier Ethernet services at the
UNI:
• Key for deployment of standardized services
• Tests cover EPL, EVPL and ELAN services
• MEF 9 verifies service delivery and functionality
• MEF 14 verifies service performance and
bandwidth profiles
MEF 9 Test Cases
Ethernet Services at the UNI
244 Test Cases
EPL
EVPL
ELAN
Test Cases for Ethernet Physical Interface
• Physical Medium, Mac Layer, Speed, Mode
Test Cases for UNI Attributes
• Service Multiplexing, Bundling, All-to-One Bundling
Test Cases for Service Frame Delivery
• Unicast, Multicast, Broadcast Service Frame Delivery
• Layer 2 Control Protocol Processing
Test Cases for VLAN Tag Support
• CE-VLAN ID & CE-VLAN CoS
• CE-VLAN ID & CoS Preservation
• Mapping VLAN IDs
MEF 14 Test Cases
Traffic Management Phase 1
170 Test Cases
MEF 9, MEF 14 Certification Test Bed
EPL
UNI
Carrier Ethernet services
Traffic Generator
Analyzer
UNI
Traffic Generator
Analyzer
TESTER
EVPL
ELAN
Test Cases for Service Performance:
• Frame Delay Performance
• Frame Delay Variation Performance
• Frame Loss Ratio Performance
Test Cases for Bandwidth Profiles:
• Per Ingress UNI, per EVC, per CoS ID
Test Cases for Bandwidth Rate Enforcement:
• CIR (Committed Information Rate)
• CBS (Committed Burst Size)
• EIR (Excess Information Rate)
• EBS (Excess Burst Size)
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MEF Specifications and Certifications
Source MEF Carrier Ethernet specifications:
• MEF 6 defines the Ethernet services (EPL, EVPL,
ELAN)
• MEF 10 defines Ethernet Service Attributes (EVC
and UNI attributes)
MEF 6
MEF 10
Ethernet Services
Definitions Phase 1
Ethernet Services
Attributes Phase 1
MEF 9
MEF 14
Abstract Test Suite for
Ethernet Services at the
UNI
Abstract Test Suite for
Traffic Management
Phase 1
MEF 9 Test Plan
MEF 14 Test Plan
for Ethernet Services at
the UNI
for Traffic Management
Phase 1
MEF Abstract Test Suites:
• MEF 9 and MEF 14 define abstract test cases and
procedures based on service requirements specified
in MEF 6 and MEF 10
MEF Certification Test Plans:
• MEF 9 and MEF 14 Test Plans define all test cases
parameters and values based on MEF 9 and MEF
14 ATSs
MEF CERTIFICATION
PROGRAM
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MEF 18 Certification for Equipment
Certifies TDM services over Carrier Ethernet:
MEF 18 Test Cases
• Key for Mobile Backhaul
Circuit Emulation Services
Over Ethernet
334 Test Cases
• Strong focus on synchronization tests
• Validates end-to-end clock recovery to ensure
T1, E1, T3 and E3 integrity
Primary Reference Clock
TDM Generator
Analyzer
E1oETH
T3oETH
E3oETH
Test Cases for Framing
• Emulated Circuit Identifier (ECID)
• Control Word
• RTP Header
Test Cases for Emulation & Encapsulation
• Structure Agnostic Emulation
• Structure Aware Emulation
Synchronization Test Bed
CESoETH
Equipment
T1oETH
TDM over Ethernet
Impairment
Generator
CESoETH
Equipment
Test Cases for Synchronization
• Synchronization performance using
Adaptive Clock Recovery:
− Based on ITU-T G.8261
• Traffic Interface Masks for E1 and E3:
− Based on ITU-T G.823
• Traffic Interface Mask for T1 and T3:
− Based on ITU-T G.824
Jitter/Wander
Analyzer
TESTER
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MEF Specifications and Certifications
Source MEF Specifications:
• MEF 3 defines framework and requirements
for Circuit Emulation Services over Ethernet
• MEF 8 implementation agreement for Circuit
Emulation Services over Ethernet
MEF 3
MEF 8
Circuit Emulation
Service Definitions,
Framework and
Requirements in Metro
Ethernet Networks
Implementation
Agreement for the
Emulation of PDH
Circuits over Metro
Ethernet Networks
MEF 18
MEF Abstract Test Suite:
• MEF 18 define abstract test cases and
procedures based on service requirements
specified in MEF 3 and MEF 8
Abstract Test Suite for Circuit Emulation Services
over Ethernet
MEF 18 Test Plan
for Circuit Emulation Services over Ethernet
MEF Certification Test Plan:
• MEF 18 Test Plans define all test cases
parameters and values based on MEF 9 and
MEF 18 ATSs
MEF CERTIFICATION
PROGRAM
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Testing Process for Equipment
Step 1: Product Eligibility and Qualification
• Wide range of products: switches, routers, passive
optical network and microwave systems, access
and demarcation devices
• Preliminary technical assessment conducted to
determine applicable certifications
Step 2: Scheduling and Logistics
• Test conducted at MEF authorized lab (California)
• Tests typically scheduled for a one-week period with a lead time of one
month
Step 3: Lab Testing
• Tests conducted on representative samples supplied by vendors
• Test procedures strictly adhere to the MEF approved test plans
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MEF Certified!
Certification kit
Certification Deliverables
• Four main deliverables awarded to successful
equipment vendors
MEF Certificate
• Designed to promote certification in product sheets,
presentations, website content, press releases,
product launches
Going to market with MEF certified equipment:
• Identifies product problem before SP testing
• Strengthen market presence and recognition
• Provides service providers a high level of confidence
when selecting Carrier Ethernet equipment
• Respond to SP RFPs with certified products
Official statement of
certification, serves as
proof of compliance
MEF Certified Logo
Instant recognition of MEF
certified companies and
products
Test Report
Full description of test
parameters, procedures
and results
Certification Directory
Widely consulted on-line
listing of MEF certified
companies and products
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In Summary
Three reference certifications for Carrier Ethernet
equipment:
• MEF 9 and MEF 14 validates service compliance and
performance at the UNI
• MEF 18 validates TDM services over Ethernet
Independent testing process
• Third party validation through MEF authorized lab
• Single, streamlined testing process
• Widely recognized and trusted certification program
Go to market with MEF certified equipment
• Strengthen Carrier Ethernet product portfolio in competitive market place
• Respond to service provider demand for standardized Carrier Ethernet equipment
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MEF Professional
Certification Program
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MEF-CECP Certification
MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional
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80 multiple-choice question exam on Carrier Ethernet topics
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The first and only industry-body certification for Carrier
Ethernet professionals
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First of a series of professional certifications from the MEF
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Developed by 5 industry-leading Subject Matter Experts from
the MEF over a period of 1 year
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Analyzed and tested by specialist examination psychometric
partner with large beta site pool of examinees
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Who Is Passing MEF-CECP Exam?
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MEF-CECP designed for
• Technical Marketing
• Technical Sales
• Engineering
• Operations
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In practice, many
disciplines are achieving
MEF-CECP
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MEF-CECP Certification
MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional
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Based on cumulative knowledge and specifications developed by the
MEF Technical and Marketing Committees over a 10 year period
including 31 MEF specs as well as work referenced by the MEF in other
SDOs – i.e. IEEE, IETF, ITU-T
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42 topic areas in total
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Multiple choice questions delivered by MEF over the Internet in real time
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Exam Topics
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MEF Carrier Ethernet services definitions for E-Line, ELAN and E-Tree
Implementing Carrier Ethernet services over various key
transport and access technologies
Definitions and application of UNI, EVC and ENNI in
Carrier Ethernet networks
Key UNI, ENNI, EVC and OVC service attributes
Definitions of MEF 9, 14, 18 vendor equipment and
product certifications and benefits
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Exam Topics
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Key service requirements for target Carrier Ethernet service
applications (wholesale access, Ethernet access to IP,
mobile backhaul, retail Ethernet services)
Comparing and positioning Carrier Ethernet services to
layer 2 Frame Relay, IP/MPLS and TDM private line
Circuit Emulation over Ethernet and synchronization
Role of Service, Operations Administration and
Maintenance (SOAM) in Carrier Ethernet Networks
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The Need for MEF-CECP
• Professional
• ”Do I have a good working knowledge of these important
Carrier Ethernet topics, and if yes, how do I prove it?”
• Employer
• ”Do my key Carrier Ethernet employees have a good
working knowledge of these important Carrier Ethernet
topics, and if not, how do I train them?”
• Customer
• ”Am I outsourcing to, or partnering with, Carrier Ethernet
companies with suitable teams?”
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Benefits Carrier Ethernet Professionals
Unique and tangible proof of knowledge
required for technical, marketing and sales
positions in Carrier Ethernet industry
Differentiates professionals when competing
for key or new positions
Increases individual’s value and relevance
in a Carrier Ethernet organization
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Benefits Carrier Ethernet Organizations
• Principle organizations
• Service providers
• Equipment vendors
• Benefits
• Demonstrates to customers and partners an
employer’s commitment to quality and knowledge
of Carrier Ethernet knowledge, skills and capabilities
• Enhances employer training requirements
• Improves employer candidate assessment process
• Valuable complement to MEF services and
equipment certification achieved by the organization
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Benefits Carrier Ethernet Industry
• Availability of more recognized Carrier Ethernet
professionals accelerates
• Transition from costly legacy to cost effective
Carrier Ethernet infrastructure
• Demand from knowledgeable enterprises
• Faster rollout and increased availability of high
value Carrier Ethernet business, access and
mobile backhaul services
• Increased interconnection of Carrier Ethernet
operators to extend coverage of Carrier Ethernet
services
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Studying for MEF-CECP
• Source materials
– Specifications, standards and
White Papers from MEF, IETF, IEEE
and ITU-T
– MEF-CECP Knowledge Checklist available
on the MEF site
• MEF-CECP Study Guides
– Available shortly through MEF site and MEF
on the Go
• MEF-CECP Class Training
– MEF Accredited Training Providers (MEFATPs) around the globe
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MEF-CECP Class Training
MEF Accredited Training Providers (MEF- ATP)
• MEF member companies
• Track record in data communications training
• Successfully passed rigorous MEF auditing
• Accessible through MEF web sites
• Independently offer packages of training courses and proctored exams on
customer premises or provider premises
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MEF on the Go
MEF’s First Mobile App
• Valuable study information
• MEF-CECP Test Objectives
cross-referenced with source
materials from
• MEF
• IETF
• ITU-T
• IEEE
• Easy document download and annotations
• Links to training resources
• Available for free on iPad from Apple App Store (Android
versions scheduled early 2012)
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MEF-CECP Exam Process
Information
Review information on the MEF web sites
Preparation
Take MEF-ATP training and/or self-study
Registration
Register and pay US$350 on Ethernet Academy (US$50 retake)
Scheduling
Select a test location and make a reservation online
Exam
Write the 1h 45m hour exam delivered over the Internet
Certification
Certificates awarded to successful examinees
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MEF-CECP Exam Locations
@ home or office with web-based proctoring
@ select MEF events
@ accredited training provider facilities following course completion
@ MEF accredited test facilities
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MEF Certified!
Professional Certification Deliverables
MEF Certificate
Official MEF statement
of certification, serves as
proof of certification
MEF Certified Logo
Use in signatures, CVs etc.
provides instant recognition of
MEF certified professionals
Certification Directory
Widely consulted on-line listing of
MEF certified professionals
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Frequently Asked Questions
**Full set of FAQs available
at MEF web site
Q.
A.
What is the pass score for the MEF-CECP exam?
The pass score is determined by the MEF’s test development partner based on psychometric analytical
techniques recognized by the industry for this type of exam.
Q.
A.
How quickly will I know if I have passed or failed the MEF-CECP exam?
Please allow 4-5 business days after your test to process the exam results and the MEF will notify you by email
of your results. The MEF will then mail you an MEF-CECP certificate if you have passed the exam.
Q.
A.
How often can I take/retake the test?
If a certification exam is not completed successfully on the first attempt, there is a 2-week waiting requirement
before taking the test a second time. However, on subsequent attempts, candidates will not be permitted to
take the same test more than twice in any given 60-day period.
Q.
A.
What happens if I want postpone my exam date after I have registered and paid the fee?
The MEF will allow you to re-schedule your test date for up to 90 days from the initial registration date.
Q.
A.
In which languages can I take the MEF-CECP exam?
Currently the MEF-CECP exam is offered only in English.
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What are the requirements for taking the MEF-CECP exam?
Any one that accepts the Terms and Conditions and pays in advance can take the MEF-CECP exam.
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MEF Reference Presentations
MEF Standard Reference Presentations Cover ing the Principal Work of the MEF
Overview presentation of
the MEF.
Overview presentation of
the Technical Work of the
MEF
Carrier Ethernet Services
Overview
Carrier Ethernet UserNetwork Interface
Carrier Ethernet Access
Technology Overview
Carrier Ethernet
Interconnect Program.
Carrier Ethernet OAM &
Management Overview
Carrier Ethernet for Mobile
Backhaul
Carrier Ethernet Business
Services
The MEF Certification
Programs
This presentation gives basic and most up-to-date information about the work of the MEF. It also introduces
the definitions, scope and impact of Carrier Ethernet, the MEF Certification program and describes the
benefits of joining the MEF.
Includes a summary of the specifications of the MEF, structure of the technical committee, work in progress
and relationships with other Industry Standards bodies. For PowerPoint overviews of individual
specifications: Click for List
This presentation defines the MEF Ethernet Services that represent the principal attribute of a Carrier
Ethernet Network
This presentation discusses the market impact of MEF 20: UNI Type 2 Implementation agreement
This presentation describes how the MEF specifications bring Carrier Ethernet services to the world's Access
networks (with examples of Active Ethernet (Direct Fiber), WDM Fiber, MSO Networks(COAX and Direct
Fiber), Bonded Copper, PON Fiber and TDM (Bonded T1/E1, DS3/E3))
This is the latest presentation from the Carrier Ethernet Interconnect Working Group which acts as a
framework for all presentations given on this topic.
This presentation describes the management framework and the OAM elements for fault and performance
management expressed in terms of the life cycle of a Carrier Ethernet circuit
A comprehensive marketing and technical overview of the MEF's initiative on Mobile Backhaul that has lead
to the adoption of Carrier Ethernet as the technology of choice for 3G and 4G backhaul networks
A comprehensive presentation aimed at business users
A presentation of the MEFs three certification programs: Equipment, Services and Professionals. These
programs have been a cornerstone of the success of Carrier Ethernet and its deployment in more than 100
countries around the world.
Presentations may be found at http://metroethernetforum.org/Presentations
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