This page describes the UNI, EVC per UNI, and EVC attributes for E-Line Services that support Circuit Emulation as described in MEF 8.

UNI Attributes

A UNI that is an end-point to a CESoETH service is a regular UNI with no specific additional requirements imposed on the UNI. Either UNI type (1, 2.1, 2.2) can be used. Some specific UNI attributes should be set specifically in order to facilitate the CESoETH service.

AttributeRecommended Setting
UNI IdentifierNo additional requirement
Physical MediumNo additional requirement
SpeedNo additional requirement
ModeNo additional requirement
(full duplex) 
MAC Layer802.3-2005
UNI MTU SizeNo additional requirement
Service Multiplexing

Yes for EVPL, No for EPL

All to One BundlingNo for EVPL, Yes for EPL
CE-VLAN ID for untagged
and priority tagged frames 
No additional requirement
Maximum number of EVCsNo additional requirement
Ingress BWP per UNI

No. BWP should be specified on
EVC per UNI 

Egress BWP per UNINo
L2CP ProcessingPass to EVC all L2CPs (except PAUSE)

EVC per UNI Attributes

The major issue to consider when setting the EVC per UNI attributes for CESoETH is the ingress bandwidth profile (BWP) The service must guarantee CIR at a rate that matches the TDM traffic CBR. Because the packetization process adds additional overhead and because the BWP counts also the ETH headers in some cases, the CIR could be set a little higher compared to the TDM nominal bitrate.

For example, for an EVC carrying E1, the CIR could be set to say 2.2 Mbps, allowing 10% margin. If the service was originally an E3 of 34.368 Mbps, then the CIR could be set to say 38 Mbps.

CBS can be set relatively to a relatively small level since the TDM traffic is very constant with minimal bursts. Since it is important not to drop any 'TDM service' packets, a CBS of 3 times the MTU could be set.

EIR and EBS are set to 0 since ALL traffic must be counted against the SLS. CF and CM are not relevant in such a case.


AttributeRecommended Setting
UNI EVC IDNo additional requirement
CE-VLAN ID / EVC MapNo additional requirement
Ingress BWP per EVC<CIR=TDM rate + ≈10%>,
Ingress BWP per CoS IDMust not specify
Egress BWP per EVCMust not specify
Egress BWP per CoS IDMust not specify



EVC Attributes

The EVC that carries CESoETH can be an EPL or an EVPL. It carries non-VLAN traffic and therefore VLAN and CoS preservation are irrelevant. Since CESoETH uses no L2CP it implies that all L2CP can be discarded by the EVC.

The major issue to consider is the service performance attributes for this single CoS ID service. The Delay and Delay Variation are to be set according to the specific requirements of the customers, but must be kept to a minimum.

AttributeRecommended Setting 
EVC Type Point to Point 
UNI List No additional requirement 
EVC MTU Size No additional requirement 
CE-VLAN ID Preservation No additional requirement 
CE-VLAN CoS PreservationNo additional requirement
Unicast Service Frame DeliveryDeliver unconditionally
Multicast Service Frame DeliveryDeliver unconditionally
Broadcast Service Frame DeliveryDeliver unconditionally
L2CP ProcessingDiscard all L2CPs
EVC PerformanceFrame loss ratio = 0.01%
1-way frame delay = 10ms for 99th percentile
1-way frame delay variation = 1ms for 99th percentile
Availability = 99.95% 

Note that the exact values for service performance may be dictated by the appropriate TDM standard or the service requirement that the Subscriber has.


Related and Further Reading
 Services | Attributes | Circuit Emulation