MEF Network Foundations

2 Day Course
Official Curriculum
Code PWL443

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This course prepares the student for the MEF Network Foundations (NF) certification exam. Passing the MEF-NF exam formally certifies that the successful candidate has vendor-neutral conceptual knowledge of the major domains of software-driven networking (SDN). The knowledge domains include SDN, NFV, Carrier Ethernet/Connectivity Services, Lifecycle Services Orchestration (LSO), and various combinations and use cases in these practice areas, collectively called 'The Software-Driven Network Vision'.

This course will educate the student and equip him with the required knowledge for the exam.


  • Discover the building blocks of Software Defined Networking (SDN) 
  • Examine the fundamentals of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
  • Understand Lifecycle Services Orchestration
  • Explore MEF Carrier Ethernet Concepts
  • Gain understanding of the Software-Driven Network Vision

Target Audience

The major focus of this certification is the IT professional currently working in network operations e.g., server, network, storage andadministrators who is seeking greater responsibility in their current job, or seeking to validate new skills to gain a better job, or is interested in modern network technologies.

Additionally, the marketing, support, product management, and entry-level technical training needs of companies that make or utilize these technologies would also benefit by training and certification with This credential.

Some specific roles are listed below:

  • Manager/Director for Network/IT Group
  • Network Technician (Entry Level)
  • IT Analyst (Entry Level)
  • System Administrator (Entry Level)
  • Consultant/Professional Services Engineer
  • Sales Representatives
  • IT Project Manager (assumes knowledge, skills, abilities in a project management domain)
  • IT Project Manager (assumes knowledge, skills, abilities in a program management domain)
  • Help Desk/NOC Engineer


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Software Defined Networking (SDN) Concepts (7 topics)

  • Key characteristics of an SDN solution
  • Major benefits of an SDN solution
  • Different definitions of SDN today
  • Comparison of the major benefits of an SDN solution to those of its network predecessor
  • Major challenges in moving to an SDN network
  • How various SDN technologies relate to each other
  • Example scenario: How SDN would be implemented to leverage its benefits

Understand Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Concepts (7 topics)

  • Key definitions of NFV today
  • Key Characteristics of an NFV Solution
  • The Major Benefits of an NFV Solution
  • The Major Challenges Presented in Moving to an NFV Solution
  • Comparison between the Different Characteristics of an NFV Solution to those of its Network Predecessor
  • How Various NFV Technologies Relate to Each Other
  • An Example Scenario: How NFV Would Be Applied to Leverage Its Benefits

Understand LSO Orchestration Concepts (6 topics)

  • Key definitions of LSO
  • Key characteristics of an orchestrated solution
  • Major benefits of an orchestrated solution
  • Major challenges presented in moving to an orchestrated solution
  • How various LSO technologies relate to each other
  • An example scenario: How LSO would be implemented to leverage its benefits

Understand Carrier Ethernet Concepts (6 topics)

  • Major building blocks of carrier-based connectivity services
  • The roles of the organizations and actors involved in buying and selling carrier-based connectivity services
  • Major benefits of a carrier-based connectivity services solution
  • Major challenges presented in deploying a carrier-based connectivity solution
  • Comparison between the different characteristics of a carrier-based connectivity solution to those of its predecessor
  • An example scenario: How a carrier-based connectivity solution would be implemented to leverage its benefits

Understand the Software-Driven Network Vision (5 topics)

  • Key characteristics of MEF's Third Network
  • The predecessors to MEF's Third Network
  • Major benefits promised by a software-driven connectivity and functional service
  • Major challenges in deploying a software-driven connectivity and functional service
  • An example scenario: How combinations of SDN, NFV, and LSO are leveraged to form a Software-driven connectivity and functional solutions


In order to pass the MEF Network Foundations certification exam, a foundational knowledge of Computer Networking is assumed. Also specific familiarity with various conceptual models of networking (OSI, Internet, etc.) and technologies also required. Resources that would be helpful Include publications on networking, as well as foundational certifications in networking from Cisco, Citrix, CompTIA, Juniper, or Microsoft, and materials freely available from MEF. Other materials and Resources may be referenced on the MEF Certification landing page.

Prerequisite Certifications

  • Overview The Cisco CCNA network associate certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks, including implementation and...
  • The CompTIA Network+ certification is the global standard for professionals with at least nine months of experience in network support or administration. Network+ Certification demonstrates technical ...
  • The Juniper Networks Technical Certification Program (JNTCP) SSL certification track allows participants to demonstrate competence with Juniper Networks Secure Access products and their deployment.

Relevant Certifications

  • The MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) is a highly desirable communications industries professional certification.

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