WAYNESBORO, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Less than a year after achieving CE 1.0 certification for its EPL and EVPL services, Lumos Networks is proud to announce that today it becomes the first U.S. provider to achieve CE 2.0 E-Access Certification. CE 2.0 certification marks another important milestone for Lumos Networks, already recognized as an industry leader in Ethernet services. Lumos Networks is now one of the few organizations worldwide to have met these new stringent certification requirements.
“We are very excited about our most recent certification and the standards it brings to our customers,” says Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President Joe McCourt. “CE 2.0 certification ensures that Lumos Networks’ Metro Ethernet services meet the worldwide MEF standards for Ethernet Data Communications and further positions Lumos Networks as the clear data network leader in the Mid-Atlantic region.”
“Next generation Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) extends the original Carrier Ethernet remit with vital added features including multiple classes of service, greater manageability and easier interconnect for all eight standard service types, enabling new levels of efficiency for mobile backhaul, making it easier for a large number of access providers to join the Carrier Ethernet community and establish Carrier Ethernet as a business class cloud service carrier. The main market drivers continue to dominate business: bandwidth growth, mobile data and LTE migration and the growth of public and private cloud computing,” states Nan Chen, President, MEF.
CE 2.0 certification allows Lumos Networks to be classified with other leading carriers handling Ethernet services and provides a competitive edge over other carriers that have not received the CE 2.0 certification. By certifying as an CE 2.0 Service Provider Lumos can:
- Accelerate the sale of Carrier Ethernet services by saving its enterprise and service provider customers considerable time and resources in assessing its service offering
- Differentiate its high quality CE 2.0 standards based Carrier Ethernet service products from the offerings of other Service Providers
- Connect quickly based on use of 2.0 certified equipment
E-LAN services provide customer benefits to both Enterprise and Wholesale customers, as the certification ensures that standards are met for multipoint to multipoint networks on layer 2 services. Much of the CE 2.0 certification is focused on enabling more effective carrier to carrier connectivity and to creating a set of standards for interconnection. In particular, E-Access is specifically designed to outline how carriers connect services together via NNI’s (Network to Network Interfaces). CE 2.0 certification is likely to become a requirement for carrier interconnection in 2013 and beyond, and by participating early in the certification process, Lumos Networks shows their commitment to providing the best in class Carrier Ethernet product.
“By demanding Carrier Ethernet 2.0, business customers increase the likelihood of obtaining fully featured, standardized solutions that will meet mission critical connectivity requirements. Carrier Ethernet 2.0 specifications are designed to ensure flexibility, low latency, and speed performance across ubiquitous networks,” says Vice President of Product Management and Engineering Craig M. Drinkhall.
For more information about Lumos Networks and its host of products and services including Metro Ethernet, please visit www.lumosnetworks.com or call 877-328-9442.
About The Metro Ethernet Forum
The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 210 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations. The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide.
About Lumos Networks
Lumos Networks is a fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region serving carrier, business and residential customers over a dense fiber network offering data, voice and IP services. With headquarters in Waynesboro, VA, Lumos Networks serves Virginia, West Virginia and portions of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, and Maryland over a 5,800 route-mile fiber network. Detailed information about Lumos Networks is available at http://www.lumosnetworks.com.
James Nester, 304-552-6282
Source: Lumos Networks