• Orlando, Florida USA, 13-16 November 2017 -


Proof of Concept Showcase

At the center of the MEF17 Networking Hall, the fourth Proof of Concept Showcase will spotlight innovations by service providers and network technology providers that promise to advance the creation of a global ecosystem of interconnected networks that support agile, assured, and orchestrated services. Following a formal submission process, 25 companies in 11 participant groups have been selected to showcase interactive demonstrations of new service & technology innovations that will shape the future of global networking and fuel productivity gains for service providers and end-users.

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PoC Showcase Objectives

The Proof of Concept Showcase will:

  • Provide a preview of dynamic “Third Network” services as it positively impacts a target audience of professionals attending MEF17 from retail, wholesale, cloud, and mobile service providers; data center providers; enterprises; government institutions; utilities; network solutions vendors; the press; investors; analyst firms; and other companies.
  • Educate the Enterprise and Government communities about current state-of the-art Carrier Ethernet services and evolving dynamic connectivity services.
  • Identify companies that are leading the charge in network connectivity, service orchestration, and value-added services.

Showcase Format & Location

The MEF17 Showcase format will include live daily presentations in the Networking Hall Theater and on-demand presentations at the participants’ booth inside the PoC Zones. The Showcase will be available during the lunchtime and evening reception networking times. A PoC presentation schedule will be published to help MEF17 attendees attend presentations of interest.

MEF 2017 Award - Proof of Concept

A 2017 MEF Proof of Concept Award will be given to recognize the PoC demonstration that best showcases dynamic Third Network services delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks. A panel of judges will review the demonstrations and grade them on innovation, demonstration quality, and alignment with MEF’s work and vision.

Showcase Participants and Themes

Service On-demand: Global Virtual Inter-carrier Fabric Orchestrated by LSO APIs with Open-source Framework: Build flexible, software centric inter-carrier networks that can scale connectivity and cloud services on demand, enabled by open source framework. Such networks are orchestrated and connected by open API based platforms so that customers can benefit from elastic network services that meet application performance requirements to keep up with the ever-changing needs of their business.

This ecosystem represents a cross provider market place to create a frictionless experience with automation and self-service to offer network and cloud services.







On-Demand Orchestration of Multi-Domain Services: A series of on-demand services built on software-driven orchestration architecture, which allows customers to request for quote, order, dynamically control, scale, and change network and cloud-based resources through an on-line portal to support their business needs in the Third Network era.

PCCW Global

Integrated SD-WAN and Ethernet Network with Virtual Firewall: Spectrum Enterprise will demonstrate how a Hybrid WAN service can be delivered by leveraging SD-WAN and Ethernet technologies enabling service providers to rapidly implement new networks or grow existing networks to meet client needs. The solution allows clients to take advantage of each technology as they design and build out their networks. Additionally, services like firewall, UTM, etc., can be added on to this network solution through service chaining.

Spectrum Enterprise

Nuage Nokia

Palo Alto Networks

LSO SOF Topology Engine: A key component in the implementation of any layered and abstracted network management solution is the implementation of a topology. Topology by itself is valuable in that it provides a verification of the graph representing the bearer plane of a service and corresponding network path or potential set of paths. Topology is the cornerstone for enabling fault isolation and root cause analysis. This POC demonstrates a LSO SOF layer Topology Engine.






Third Network SD-WAN over Multi domains provisioned with LSO Sonata and Multi vendors LSO Presto using CE over 4G/LTE Access: This PoC demonstrates the use of LSO Sonata inter domains and LSO Presto in a multi-vendor environment to deploy both Carrier Ethernet and IP services on demand using Telias 4G/LTE Mobile Access for deploying Telia SD-WAN service as an overlay over several Nordic countries with Kvantel as a local Partner in Norway.

Telia Company





Layer 1 Multi-vendor LSO: Windstream, Ciena, Infinera and Coriant will showcase Layer 1 multi-vendor LSO utilizing PCE via the Windstream commercial network. The business objective is to demonstrate Windstream’s leadership in deploying a widely available commercial offering that leverages SDN multi-vendor orchestration.





On-Demand Dynamic Bandwidth Scaling via LSO-compliant Platform and Continuous Performance Monitoring with NFV: Amartus and EXFO’s PoC demonstrates provisioning of an orchestrated MEF CE 2.0 service with assurance capabilities. The solution consists of Lifecycle Service Orchestration components integrated by Amartus and EXFO’s Virtual Test technology automatically deployed and configured as part of the service provisioning. It supports active assurance scenarios such as service SLA compliance testing or dynamic bandwidth shaping, by integrating EXFO’s Performance Assurance test suite within LSO-compliant engine, providing a fully orchestrated and closed-loop dynamic system.



NFV-Based Performance Monitoring Platform for Third Network Expansion: Showcase demonstration of a virtualized, NFV-based performance monitoring (NFV-PM) platform empowers operators to stitch together different networks as a means of providing service into new areas, when in the past access issues and equipment deployment times made such scenarios non-feasible.

Using new network overlay innovations that leverage standards-based service activation testing (SAT) and performance monitoring (PM) to reduce hardware and power requirements, the solution provides structure needed to support the LSO model, moving vendors and operators toward Third Network goals.



Infinera MEF17 Software Defined Capacity Showcase: The Infinera MEF17 Software Defined Capacity showcase demonstrates flexible creation and automated delivery of the Third Network leveraging MEF 55 Lifecycle service orchestration with dynamic, on-demand software activation of optical capacity for Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services.

The showcase will demonstrate how operators can create new, on-demand MEF services to drive revenue growth. Our showcase also highlights the operational benefits of automated provisioning and multilayer optimization enabled by an open source SDN control platform integrated into a robust LSO environment. Technological innovations in multilayer path computation, API development and microservices-based architecture will be demonstrated.


Analytics for Zero-Touch Service Activation and Closed-loop Issue Resolution for Virtualized Business Services: To realize the promise of NFV, Carrier Ethernet service providers must transform manual test and assurance processes into automated functions that seamlessly integrate with test systems and the virtual network. Spirent’s PoC showcase will demonstrate analytics for zero-touch service activation and closed-loop issue resolution in virtualized Carrier Ethernet networks. The demonstration will highlight how the analytics accelerate time-to-revenue, reduce operational costs and improve service quality.



No Fibre – No Problem!: Net2Edge will be demonstrating the world’s first 1G NID that delivers Carrier Ethernet over fibre and 4G/LTE. One of the demonstrations will focus on resilience – in the event of fibre failure, service can be maintained through use of the 4G/LTE radio.

Other applications include:

  • Dynamic bandwidth allocation providing supplementary bandwidth
  • Rapid path to revenue since service is not dependent on the delivery of fibre
  • Separation of data and management traffic