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MEF-Championed Inter-Provider Lifecycle Service Orchestration Demonstration Wins Catalyst Award at TM Forum Live!

LSO Proof of Concept demonstration involving MEF, DGIT Systems, Orange, PCCW Global, and Vodafone recognized for Outstanding Open Architecture & API Design

Los Angeles, June 5,2017 – MEF, the driving force enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services, announced that the inter-provider Lifecycle Service Orchestration Proof of Concept demonstration supported by MEF at TM Forum Live! won the prestigious Catalyst Award for Outstanding Open Architecture & API Design. The Catalyst project – called Partnering Platform for MEF Services – was co-championed by MEF members Orange, PCCW Global, and Vodafone and built and presented by a project team which included DGIT Systems (a new MEF member) using their OSS software. Aligned with MEF’s LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) Reference Architecture and Framework (MEF 55), and using MEF-defined service specifications, the demonstration illustrated the use of the emerging open and standardized LSO Sonata Ordering API to order Carrier Ethernet services from wholesale network services operators in an automated fashion. 

The Catalyst demonstration is a proof point of broad and growing industry collaboration to develop open standardized LSO APIs for orchestrating connectivity services across multiple networks worldwide. The demonstration follows a joint announcement by MEF and TM Forum in February 2017 that AT&T, Orange, Colt Technology Services, Comcast, Level 3, PCCW Global, Sparkle, Verizon, CableLabs, and Kyrio are leading service provider efforts within MEF to develop a complete suite of inter-provider LSO APIs.

Eight LSO Sonata API definitions are planned to be standardized. The first three – related to address validation, service availability, and ordering – are on track to be available in the first release of the “LSO Sonata Software Development Kit (SDK)” by the end of July 2017.

MEF also intends to use a subset of the Catalyst project as a reference implementation for the LSO Sonata SDK on MEFnet. A new compute-storage-networking platform, MEFnet enables development, testing, integration, and showcasing of reference implementations based on both open source and commercial closed source products.

“Standardization of LSO APIs like those illustrated in the PoC demo are a critical step toward creating a worldwide ecosystem of automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks that support orchestrated on-demand services over multiple providers,” said Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF. “We appreciate the API-related contributions of DGIT and the guidance that Orange, PCCW Global, and Vodafone provided in API design and use case development.”

“When we built the LSO Sonata APIs into our Telflow OSS software we discovered how the MEF and TM Forum teams had cleverly used hypermedia to really simplify the buyer integration experience without losing flexibility,” said Greg Tilton, CTO, DGIT Systems. “We think that these APIs will be readily adopted by the industry.”

“PCCW Global is proud to be part of the team that led this Catalyst to receive the Outstanding Open Architecture & API Design Award at the TM Forum Live! Event,” said Shahar Steiff, AVP New Technology, PCCW Global and Co-Chair of MEF’s Technical and Operations Committee. “PCCW Global advocates inter-carrier automation and views this Catalyst as a very successful implementation of the same.”

About MEF

MEF is the driving force enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. The Third Network concept combines the agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security of CE 2.0 networks. Third Network services provide an on-demand experience with user-directed control over service capabilities and cloud connectivity. These new services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE 2.0.

MEF leverages its global 210+ network operator and technology vendor community, builds upon the robust $80 billion Carrier Ethernet services and technology market, and provides a practical evolution to the Third Network with LSO, SDN, and NFV implementations that build upon a CE 2.0 foundation.

Additional resources:

-       MEF’s Third Network Vision & Work

-       Third Network Services Overview

-       LSO (Lifecycle Services Orchestration) Overview

-       Third Network White Paper

See www.MEF.net f or more information.

Media Contact:

Ashley Schulte, Witz Communications for MEF, ashley@witzcommunications.com, 919-435-9112