17.05.2011 | Bucharest | Press Releases
GTS Central Europe (GTS), a leading infrastructure-based telecommunications operator and data center services provider in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), announced today it has become a member of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), the first service provider in the CEE. By joining the MEF and receiving MEF Certification afterwards, GTS reinforces the importance and growing potential of Ethernet Business Service.
Observing the fast growing demand for broadband demanding applications, GTS sees Carrier Ethernet as the solution of choice for every business and wholesale customer. The MEF membership ensures to customers, that the GTS Ethernet service portfolio follows the highest telco industry standards. GTS perceives the MEF membership as a key element in its strategy to provide customers unrivalled services in the CEE region. GTS focuses on bringing to customers a superior value proposition: easily to adopt solutions and peace of mind that comes with certified technology standards.
”It is a privilege working with industry leaders from all over the world in creating interoperability specifications that ensure service providers can deploy multi-vendor service in their networks, no matter whether they are local or global,” said Ignacio Irurita, CTO at GTS Central Europe. He added: “GTS built the first end-to-end Carrier Ethernet platform across multiple countries covering the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Romania. We will start the MEF certification process of GTS Ethernet services very soon as we believe it will greatly enhance our competitive advantage and allow us to stay ahead of customer demands.”
MEF-compliant services, like Ethernet Line, are delivering unrivalled new benefits, including substantial TCO savings, unparalleled scalability, flexible QoS and high reliability.
The MEF is a global non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Carrier Ethernet as the technology of choice for networks and services. Comprising of more than 175 service providers, equipment vendors and testing organizations, the MEF develops Ethernet services and technical specifications and as well as facilitates the implementation of interoperability and deployment standards.
Nan Chen, MEF president, commented: “GTS joins an extensive number of Carrier Ethernet service providers who have recently joined the MEF. Service providers are looking for ways to meet customer bandwidth and performance demands while reducing CAPEX and OPEX costs – Carrier Ethernet are a proven solution.”
GTS Ethernet services portfolio is under continuous development following the MEF standards and recommendations. As more and more customer applications are requesting high-speed data links, GTS improves service offerings to meet customer expectations. Currently, GTS Ethernet product portfolio offers a homogeneous Ethernet platform which allows GTS customers to fulfill their fundamental needs for transmission of critical business data, voice and video over common high speed WAN, data center interconnection and broadband dedicated internet access.
GTS Ethernet services portfolio includes: GTS Ethernet Line for Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint applications, GTS Ethernet VPN for Multipoint-to-Multipoint applications, Ethernet Media Line for media distribution and contribution solutions and GTS Ethernet NNI for Carrier Ethernet interconnection.
The MEF, as the defining body for Carrier Ethernet is a global industry alliance comprising more than 175 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. More information is available at www.metroethernetforum.org.