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For Immediate Release: May 8, 2014


ATIS and Metro Ethernet Forum Developing International Ethernet Ordering Specification

WASHINGTON — ATIS and the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) are pleased to announce that they are collaborating on a project to develop an international specification to support worldwide Ethernet ordering. The implementation framework being developed will make inter-carrier relations more efficient by enabling service providers to automate and operationalize their MEF service offerings. It also will provide an opportunity for non-MEF member companies who use the current ATIS Ethernet ordering model to easily comply with MEF service specifications.

“ATIS has a proven track record of successfully mechanizing business processes for our industry. This new specification further demonstrates how ATIS is able to help carriers gain greater efficiencies in the age of all-IP networks,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “This work to simplify intercarrier Ethernet ordering will help reduce time to revenue for these transactions.”

“The joint work with ATIS to extend the standardized Ethernet Ordering model beyond North America out to a global footprint promises to help accelerate service rollout in a more affordable manner on a worldwide basis,” said MEF Chief Operating Officer Kevin Vachon. “Practical solutions like this not only enable improved operational efficiencies on a multi-carrier basis, they also represent an important step on the path toward a more dynamic service environment in the future.”

The new framework will consist of business requirements, processes, workflows, information models and implementation/interface specifications. The implementation model developed will deliver detailed process flows to help better understand service provider operations.

These Ethernet ordering requirements form the foundation of the systems and processes required for scalable interconnection between providers. As such, the model used in this specification is likely to be expanded to include other IP services.

For more information, or to join ATIS and MEF’s collaborative work to develop an Ethernet ordering specification, contact Jackie Voss, Manager - Global Standards Development, ATIS.

About ATIS

As a leading technology and solutions development organization, the Alliance for Telecommunications Solutions (ATIS) brings together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry’s most-pressing business priorities. Through ATIS committees and forums, nearly 200 companies address cloud services, device solutions, emergency services, cyber security, next generation wireless technologies, network evolution, quality of service, billing, operations, and more. These priorities follow a fast-track development lifecycle — from design and innovation through solutions that include standards, specifications, requirements, business use cases, software toolkits, and interoperability testing.

ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a founding Partner of oneM2M, a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio and Telecommunications sectors, and a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, visit

About the Metro Ethernet Forum

A communications industry alliance consisting of more than 220 member organizations, the MEF is the defining body for Carrier Ethernet and the driving force behind the global market for Carrier Ethernet services & technologies. The MEF operates through a powerful collaborative framework where service providers, network solutions suppliers, and other member companies contribute to the development of technical and operational specification, certification, and marketing programs. The MEF has enabled Carrier Ethernet adoption and tremendous communications-related cost savings and productivity gains for service providers and end-users worldwide over the past decade. Building on this success, the MEF is now focused on enabling a new generation of dynamic, performance-assured services delivered over more efficient, automated, and interconnected global networks.

For more information about the MEF – including details about services, network equipment, and professional certification – please visit