Comcast Business, ECI, Sparkle, Tata Communications and Viavi Win 2016 MEF Excellence Award for Third Network Proof of Concept Innovation
Philadelphia, Pa.; Petach Tikva, Israel; Rome, Italy; London, U.K.; Milpitas, Calif.,
November 17, 2016 – Comcast Business, ECI, Sparkle, Tata Communications and Viavi
Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) have collectively won one of two 2016 MEF Excellence Awards for
their Third Network Proof of Concept innovation. The companies collaborated on an
orchestrated, multi-carrier, multi-platform demonstration as part of the Proof of Concept (PoC)
Showcase at MEF16, November 7-9 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Recognizing that enterprises today have diverse requirements; the Third Network combines
the performance and security assurances together with the agility and ubiquity of the Internet
and brings a new network experience to millions of new users.
This award-winning collaboration was designed to showcase how a customer could gain
access to flexible bandwidth and applications on-demand without human intervention –
enabling unprecedented levels of network control for new and evolving types of cloud-centric
applications, for network connectivity services within current network architectures as well as
emerging SDN and NFV implementations. For service providers, additional upsides include the
drastic reduction of service turn-up time.
During the PoC, the joint innovation simulated the delivery of Ethernet services through the
three different network service providers, via an orchestrated environment with flexible
bandwidth deployed on demand and connectivity bursting to Amazon Web Services (AWS)
“The Proof of Concept Showcase allowed MEF16 attendees to witness, first-hand, leadingedge
implementations of agile/dynamic, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services
powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE 2.0,” said Nan Chen, president of MEF. “We
congratulate Comcast Business, Sparkle, Tata Communications, ECI, and Viavi on winning a
coveted Proof of Concept Award for demonstrating the ability to provision on-demand Carrier
Ethernet services across multiple network operators and multiple technology platforms.”
The PoC showcased how a CE 2.0 E-Line service with a bandwidth on-demand requirement
can be provisioned and orchestrated across multiple service and cloud providers using the
MEF LSO Reference Architecture. Comcast Business, Tata Communications and Sparkle
provided the originating network, the intermediate network and the direct connection into the
cloud, respectively. ECI’s EPIC platform with fulfillment functionality developed as part of the
OpenLSO fulfillment project provided the means to seamlessly connect these disparate
domains. Viavi’s VNF-based service acceptance and testing technology verified the newly
created service meets previously defined SLA requirements. The EPIC open source platform
works towards a “vendor-agnostic” vision to deliver real-time control and assure network
performance across carriers.
More information about the PoC can be found here.
ECI is a global provider of ELASTIC network solutions to CSPs, critical infrastructures as well
as data center operators. Along with its long-standing, industry-proven packet-optical transport,
ECI offers a variety of SDN/NFV applications, end-to-end network management, a
comprehensive cyber security solution, and a range of professional services. ECI's ELASTIC
solutions ensure open, future-proof, and secure communications. With ECI, customers have
the luxury of choosing a network that can be tailor-made to their needs today as well as
seamlessly and cost effectively upgraded to meet future requirements. For more information,
visit us at www.ecitele.com.