Ceragon FibeAir® IP-10 Achieves Metro Ethernet Forum Certification
FibeAir IP-10 is now fully MEF 9 and MEF 14 certified for delivering standard carrier-Ethernet services over microwave
TEL AVIV, Israel. – Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: CRNT), a leading provider of high-capacity wireless backhaul solutions, today announced that its leading-edge FibeAir IP-10 solution has earned certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). The MEF certification programs are designed to accelerate the deployment of Carrier Ethernet services worldwide by offering assurance to service providers that certified vendor equipment conforms to stringent Carrier Ethernet interoperability requirements. Announced three months ago, in March 2008, FibeAir IP-10 is now fully MEF 9 and MEF 14 certified. Qualification with these technical specifications ensures that FibeAir IP-10 can be used to deliver all MEF-defined standard carrier-Ethernet services, including point-to-point (EPL/EVPL) and multipoint-to-multipoint (E-LAN) services.
Ceragon’s FibeAir IP-10 high-capacity microwave Ethernet system was tested by Iometrix, an independent testing lab and the official certification lab of the Metro Ethernet Forum. MEF 9 and MEF 14 are complementary specifications that provide a comprehensive set of test cases to determine the readiness of Carrier Ethernet equipment to deliver standard Ethernet services and ensure interoperability in a multi-vendor environment. MEF certification is now a common requirement in carrier network tenders. With it, system vendor can increase tender opportunities and competitiveness and dramatically reduces testing costs, time-to-market and installation time.
“Ethernet is being used by more and more carriers today, all of whom are looking to benefit from higher bandwidths and lower network costs,” said Ray Mota, Chief Analyst at Synergy Research Group. “This trend drives the demand for Carrier Ethernet solutions that offer high band predictable performance to support a range of data, voice and multimedia applications.”
“We are pleased to confirm that Ceragon’s FibeAir IP-10 is now fully MEF 9 and MEF 14 certified,” said Bob Mandeville, President of Iometrix. “MEF standards contribute to the accelerated worldwide adoption of Carrier Ethernet services and are an important milestone on the way to turning Ethernet into a true carrier-class technology.”
“Ceragon has again proven its commitment to maintain its position as a leading wireless Ethernet backhaul solutions provider,” said Ira Palti, Ceragon’s President and CEO. ”We were the first to introduce a fully MEF certified Ethernet microwave solution to the market in July 2007. Now we are proud to extend Ceragon’s trusted Carrier-grade solutions portfolio with our newest FibeAir IP-10 solution.”
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