Understanding Carrier Ethernet Services

2 Day Course
Code PDN045

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This 2 day course is intended for sales, marketing and other non technical customer facing professionals who need a basic overview of Carrier Ethernet service types and applications as defined by MEF specifications. The course includes an examination of some of the uses cases of these services and applications in today's fast moving communications environment.

About Perpetual Solutions and the MEF

Perpetual Solutions is an MEF-ATP (Accredited Training Partner) delivering core network architecture and protocol training for over 12 years to customers in EMEA, USA and Asia Pac.

Delegates looking to train for the MEF-CECP certification should attend the Carrier Ethernet Services Explained course .


Upon completion candidates will be able to:

  • Describe what differentiates Carrier-Class Ethernet from traditional Ethernet
  • Describe the role of the MEF in defining and promoting Carrier Ethernet services
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of MEF Carrier Ethernet Service Models for single-operator and multiple-operator deployments
  • Identify the MEF Service Types and be able to describe typical Carrier Ethernet services for each
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the types of MEF specification and identify key MEF specifications by number
  • Identify and describe target applications for Carrier Ethernet services in the wholesale and retail business environment
  • Demonstrate how Carrier Ethernet services may be used in the mobile backhaul environment
  • Describe how legacy TDM, T1/E1 services may be carried over Carrier Ethernet
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of Service Level Agreement and Service Level Specification and how service assurance can be achieved and monitored

Target Audience

Who Should Attend:

Sales and Marketing personnel and anyone that is customer-facing who needs to be able to demonstrate a level of knowledge and awareness of Carrier Ethernet services and service provision.


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The MEF and Carrier Ethernet Services (6 topics)

  • Purpose and Mission
  • What is Carrier Ethernet?
  • MEF Certification Programs
  • Benefits of certification to Vendors, Service Providers/Operators, and Enterprise Users
  • Review of current MEF Membership
  • Review of global Carrier Ethernet deployment

MEF Carrier Ethernet Service Models (10 topics)

  • The five attributes of Carrier Ethernet
  • MEF 10.2 Service Model
  • Features: standardised services from specified service types, service assurance
  • Players: enterprise users, service providers
  • Components: User-Network Interface, Ethernet Virtual Connection
  • Regional, national, and international Carrier Ethernet services
  • MEF 26/28 Service Model
  • Features: standardised services from specified service types and service assurance delivered over multiple-operator platforms
  • Players: enterprise users, service providers, operators
  • Components: User-Network Interface, Ethernet Virtual Connection, External Network-Network Interface, Operator Virtual Connection

MEF Carrier Ethernet Service Types (19 topics)

  • Carrier Ethernet Services Definitions
  • Types, Attributes, Parameters
  • The Ethernet Virtual Connection (EVC)
  • Type, features, service level specification
  • Service Multiplexing and the difference between:
  • Private/Virtual Private service
  • Port-based/VLAN-based service
  • ELine (Point-to-Point) Service
  • Ethernet Private Line (EPL)
  • Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL)
  • Service examples
  • ELAN (Multipoint-to-Multipoint) Service
  • Ethernet Private LAN (EPLAN)
  • Ethernet Virtual Private LAN (EVPLAN)
  • Service examples
  • ETree (Rooted-Multipoint) Service
  • Ethernet Private Tree (EPTree)
  • Ethernet Virtual Private Tree (EVPTree)
  • Service examples

MEF Carrier Ethernet Specifications (7 topics)

  • Specification types
  • Technical Specifications
  • Implementation Agreements
  • Abstract Test Suites
  • MEF Specifications by number
  • Description, scope, range
  • Review of MEF Specifications in progress

Applications for Carrier Ethernet Services (15 topics)

  • Wholesale access services
  • Typical services
  • Service establishment to achieve end-to-end Carrier Ethernet Service
  • Retail commercial/business services
  • Direct Internet Access, Private Line, Transparent LAN service, L2/L3 services over Ethernet, Access to Data Centres, Video service distribution, Multicast service
  • Mobile Backhaul services
  • What is Mobile Backhaul (MBH)?
  • Service description
  • MBH for 2G, 3G & LTE Radio Access Networks
  • MEF 22 MBH Implementation Agreement
  • Circuit Emulation Services over Ethernet (CESoETH)
  • Purpose of CESoETH
  • How it works
  • Architecture and components of CESoETH
  • Service examples

Service Assurance and Service Level Specification (7 topics)

  • Understanding the Enterprise User's service requirements
  • Terminology: Bandwidth, Protection, Synchronisation
  • Service Performance Parameters: Frame Loss Ratio, Frame Delay, Inter-Frame Delay Variation, Availability
  • Service assurance capabilities of MEF Carrier Ethernet services
  • Service assurance monitoring capabilities of MEF Carrier Ethernet services
  • What is specified in an SLS?
  • Relationship between SLS and SLA


Candidates should have an awareness of the current communications business service environment.

What Our Customers Say

The training was delivered with a high level of expertise and excellence. Instructor was highly knowledgeable.”

Technical Trainer, Aviat Networks

Overall the course was really good, the trainer really understood the material and was very approachable.”

Customer Training Manager, Aviat Networks

Excellent course, informative and well-paced.”

CSE, Cisco

Course was very well outlined. Topics were great and bridged many gaps.”

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Transport Designer, Orange

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