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    MEF President Discusses the Future of Ethernet

    Posted by Ryan O'Grady on Mar 24, 2015 9:20:55 AM

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    While at Mobile World Congress, Global Telecoms Business (GTB) interviewed Nan Chen, the President of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). Here's what he had to say:GTBTV

    Brian Dolby: I'm joined by Nan Chen who is the president of the MEF. Nan, welcome to Netscout here in Barcelona. First question: you've taken Ethernet from virtually a theory, into global domination. Tell us some of the highlights of the MEF and its work over the last few years.

    Nan Chen: Thank you for the compliment. We are obviously very proud of how Ethernet has grown from enterprise technology to the Carrier Ethernet which is known today. The MEF started in 2001 and we started from zero. 2012 marked the first year Carrier Ethernet bandwidth globally surpassed the entire legacy data bandwidths combined. Finally, Ethernet bandwidth is projected to be 75% of the overall global business bandwidth by 2017, so we’re obviously very proud of it.

    Brian Dolby: And of course it's an integral part of LTE.

    Nan Chen: Absolutely, because of the standards we have defined, every single LTE backhaul is Ethernet based and we see even more growth in the mobile industry. To a certain degree, it's also attributed to many of our industry colleagues that have contributed a lot. We’re proud of the Ethernet and being able to deliver all the mobile capabilities that we see today.

    Brian Dolby: Yes, and of course LTE networks are growing rapidly around the world aren't they? So nearly every day there's more and more Ethernet.

    Nan Chen: That's right; it’s music to our ears obviously.

    Brian Dolby: Just moving to fixed networks now; everyone is talking about SDN & NFV, is that an area for your organization?

    Nan Chen: Yes, in fact most of Ethernet growth we've seen both in fixed and wireless networks require a dynamic feature of Ethernet, and that's what we have started in the MEF body called Lifecycle Service Orchestration. It’s a new standard to control the Ethernet bandwidth and allow it to be dynamically manipulated. Our goal is to build global networks which will allow multiple carriers to deliver dynamic bandwidths across the globe. 

    Brian Dolby: Now we're here in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, it gets bigger and bigger and they say it gets better as well. What for you are some of the big things this year?

    Nan Chen: It's actually pretty amazing to see a lot of the things here, not just the handset innovations, but also the ability to virtualize network functions. When you virtualize network functions, you not only reduce the cost of deployment, you also gain the agility to deploy services on both fixed and mobile networks. With that, you need a Lifecycle Service Orchestrator to manage the network, and we're really pleased to be a part of that overall momentum.

    Brian Dolby: So, some interesting insight there into the work of the MEF and also the increasing importance of Ethernet in the world that we all share and enjoy in terms of our communication.

    To watch the complete video interview, please click here.

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    Topics: Service Orchestration, Ethernet, Metro Ethernet Forum