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Welcome to Third Network News!

Third Network News is the premier online resource for communications professionals involved in the $US80+ billion global Carrier Ethernet & emerging Third Network services & technology ecosystem. Thousands of industry professionals from more than 75 countries have visited the site since mid-May 2015.

Third Network News has been created by the MEF to help accelerate the paradigm shift from static connectivity services to dynamic Third Network connectivity services that combine the on-demand agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of Carrier Ethernet 2.0. 

Embraced by leading network operators worldwide, the Third Network concept is characterized by agile and assured services that are orchestrated over more automated, interconnected networks powered by CE 2.0, LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV. These services promise to transform the connectivity landscape by providing a dynamic, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented levels of user control over network capabilities. Such capabilities are orchestrated between physical and virtual service endpoints across multiple providers and technology domains.

The Third Network News site and associated newsletter are designed to empower industry stakeholders with access to high-quality information and analysis that will help improve both strategic and everyday decision-making in the midst of this exciting and challenging industry transformation.  Third Network News covers important industry news and provides access to MEF features, videos, white papers, webinars, and other relevant content and event information tailored for the CE + Third Network Community.

On behalf of the MEF, I want to welcome you to take advantage of the resources we are making available to the broader communications industry.  In the coming weeks and months, we will be providing opportunities for Third Network News readers and viewers to become more directly engaged in the activities on this site, so stay tuned for more information!


Stan Hubbard
Director of Communications & Research, MEF
GEN15 Program Director
Email: stan@mef.net


About the MEF

The MEF is the driving force behind the global market for Carrier Ethernet services and technologies and the defining body for LSO standards that underpin emerging Third Network services with CE 2.0, SDN, and NFV.  An industry alliance consisting of 220+ member organizations based in 43 countries, the MEF operates through a powerful collaborative framework of service providers, network solutions suppliers, and other stakeholders to achieve CE 2.0 and LSO development and globalization objectives.

MEF’s flagship work is CE 2.0, including specifications, operational frameworks, and certification programs for services, equipment, and professionals. Visit www.mef.net for more details on these programs. 

Building on fourteen years of success with Carrier Ethernet, the MEF is now focused on development of LSO with APIs to enable the Third Network by streamlining and automating the entire network service lifecycle in a sustainable fashion.  LSO encompasses all network domains that require coordinated end-to-end management and control to deliver on-demand connectivity services and to assure their overall quality and security. For more information on the Third Network and LSO download the MEF’s Third Network Vision & Strategy White Paper and Third Network Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Vision White Paper.