Introduction to MEF Member Meetings

MEF Quarterly and Annual Meetings are the gathering place of our increasingly diverse membership community where we:

  • Inform members of active work taking place across projects and other initiatives
  • On-board and educate new participants 
  • Advance specification, API and MEF 3.0 implementation projects on MEFnet
  • Develop and refine marketing projects and certification programs
  • Brainstorm and initiate new work in support of MEF's vision
  • Network with MEF colleagues! and representatives of partner organizations from around the globe
  • For more information, see the Member Bulletin: 2Q 2018 Athens Meeting Summary (17 May 2018)

Nashville Annual Meeting Highlights

  • New Participant Orientation: Get a quick start on MEF engagement by learning about how MEF works, member tools, communications and more
  • Opening Plenary: Featuring a presentation and discussion of the recently released MEF Technical Strategy and a Board of Directors Senior Executive Panel featuring large US operators
  • Drinks Reception: Immediately following the plenary, a great opportunity to network!
  • Birds of a Feather: A popular Monday evening pre-dinner gathering over snacks and refreshments, featuring a Virtual Cloud Exchange topic
  • MEF Workshops: Featuring a special LSO Sonata Early Adopters Workshop, MEF Workshops explore all aspects of MEF 3.0, including services, SD-WAN, 5G, LSO Framework & APIs, implementations projects, new certifications
  • Board of Directors Elections 
  • Committee Working Meetings: Individual committee tracks to progress the numerous works of MEF: Services, LSO, Applications, Marketing & Education and Certification


Registration Information  

Remote Meeting Access

While attending in person is most effective, we provide remote access via GoToMeeting - MEF Members Meeting Remote Access

Important:  Remote registration is required to participate.  


Hotel Information

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville  
2100 West End Avenue 
+1 615.320.1700

MEF special rate of $229 USD + 15.25% + $2.50 tax is available until  July 6, 2018  and includes wi-fi in your guest room. This rate is available three (3) days prior and post event subject to hotel availability. No deposit required. Reservations require a credit card to hold your reservation and can be cancelled by 4:00pm CST 48 hours prior to arrival without penalty. Cancellations after 4PM CST will be charged one night's room and tax.

Located only one mile from the famous honkey-tonks of Broadway and music row, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville is centrally located in the heart of Music City.

Temperatures in July average 85° F (30° C). 

Loews Reservations: After July 6, please call +1 615.320.1700 to book your hotel room at the MEF rate.   

MEF 3.0 is a transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 blends sophisticated, standardized services with an emerging suite of LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

MEF 3.0 is comprised of four major elements:

Standardized, Orchestrated Services. The MEF 3.0 service family includes dynamic Carrier Ethernet, Layer 1, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other virtualized services that will be orchestrated over programmable networks using LSO APIs. MEF 3.0 CE R1 is the first release within the MEF 3.0 framework.

LSO APIs. MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture guides agile development of standardized LSO APIs that enable orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains (e.g., Packet WAN, Optical Transport, SD-WAN, 5G, etc.). 

Service and Technology Certifications. MEF is increasing the agility of its popular certification programs to accelerate availability and adoption of MEF 3.0 certified services and technologies. MEF 3.0 certification is delivered by MEF’s testing partner, Iometrix, using an advanced cloud-based virtualized test platform that empowers companies to certify that their services and technologies comply with the latest MEF 3.0 standards.

Expanded Community Collaboration. MEF is working with many of the world’s leading service and technology providers, open source projects, certified professionals, standards associations, universities and enterprises to realize a shared vision of dynamic services orchestrated across automated networks.

MEF has created a new compute, storage, and networking platform – MEFnet – that enables development, testing, integration, and showcasing of MEF 3.0 implementations using open source and commercial products. MEF 3.0 implementation projects will help accelerate the understanding and adoption of MEF 3.0, as well as provide immediate feedback for standards development within MEF.


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Non-Member Companies
Member Meetings are exclusively for MEF Members. MEF welcomes potential member companies who wish to audit. Contact Lori Vachon, for info.

Next Members Meeting

Save the Date Los Angeles!: Q4 Members Meeting will be held 1-2 November 2018 co-located with MEF18.  Details coming soon! 




Mon, 23 July

Orientation, Editing Sessions and Opening Plenary

Times are approximate, check detailed agendas above for exact times.  

8:00 - 9:00Breakfast
9:00-12:30Board of Directors Meeting
10:30 - 12:30

New Participant Orientation
Session will introduce attendees to the work of MEF,
member tools
and engagement opportunities

Project Editing Sessions

Services Committee
LSO Committee 
Applications Committee

12:30 - 1:30Lunch
1:30 - 5:15

All Members - Opening Plenary

1:30Call to Order - Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF
1:35 - 1:40Chairman's Address - Mike Strople, Chairman, MEF; President Enterprise Networks, Zayo Group
1:40 - 2:05President's Annual Report - Nan Chen, President, MEF; Executive Vice Chairman, CENX
2:05 - 2:20Operational Report - F18 -  Kevin Vachon , COO, MEF
2:20 - 3:00MEF Technical Strategy - Highlights and Discussion,  Pascal Menezes , CTO, MEF

New Work Items Commencing at Nashville - Highlights and Engagement Opportunities

4:30 - 5:15

MEF Board Executive Panel: Four executives from companies that have made board-level commitments to MEF will share their views on how MEF 3.0 work relates to their current business, future business, and digital transformation. They will share their visions for the industry and their experiences with the most important new technical and business initiatives that MEF is leading.

Moderator: Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF

    • Shawn Hakl, Senior VP Business Products, Verizon

    • Kevin O’Toole, Senior VP Product Management, Comcast Business
    • Aamir Hussain, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, CenturyLink
    • Roman Pacewicz, Chief Product Officer, AT&T Business
5:15End of Plenary
5:15 - 6:30Drinks Reception
6:30 - 7:30

BoF Session 

Topic 1: Cloud Broker solution demonstration by Vineet Anshuman, Tata Communications

The Cloud Broker solution allows enterprises to connect to clouds of all types via managed service provider networks and/or via data centre co-lo.  Cloud Broker is multi-tenant and carrier grade all managed via a virtualized services platform. Tata’s Cloud Broker solution utilizes a solution that is all software driven managed by Lifecycle Service Orchestrator (LSO), SDN Controller and NFV  utilizing commodity general purpose compute. The platform supports layer 2, layer 3 NAT functionality and any layer4- Layer 7 function using VNFs, using a  standards based VIM scale out NFVI architecture. The solution leverages LSO  which instantiates a set of VNFs for a given tenant automatically, on an already established NFV Infrastructure that is shared between all tenants. MEF LSO can then be leveraged to include cloud APIs from the major providers like Microsoft, Google and Amazon.

Topic 2: Exploring Telstra’s Network 2022 transformation by Johanne Mayer, Telstra

Network domains are becoming more autonomous and programmable while IT systems and processes are becoming more digitalize focused on brilliant customer experience. This BoF session will focus on Telstra’s Networks for the Future NaaS architecture, how standards play a key role, and the requirements on suppliers.

Topic 3: ACTN Orchestration of Services and Traffic Engineering in Packet - Optical Networks by Young Lee, Huawei and Daniele Ceccarelli, Ericsson

Most services (e.g., L2/3 VPN and Enhanced VPN/VNS) are multi-layer in nature and transported over Packet-Optical networks. In addition, capabilities of 5G extend far beyond previous generations, includes very high data rates, very low latency, ultra-high reliability, energy efficiency and extreme device densities, to support eMBB (enhanced Mobile Broadband), URLLC (Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications), mMTC (massive Machine Type Communications). As such, the seamless orchestration of services and traffic engineering in Packet-Optical Networks is required. The ACTN Orchestration solution presented by this proposal leverages LSO and fills the gap to make MEF LSO meet the compelling need of industry.

Tue, 24 JulyMEF Workshops Services Committee LSO Committee Applications Committee
7:30 - 8:30Breakfast

8:30 - 10:15

Special Edition - Workshop I – LSO Reference Architecture & LSO Sonata Early Adopters

MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture guides agile development of the models, processes, tools, and APIs that will enable orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains. This workshop will begin with a summary overview of the LSO RA and LSO Committee Projects and provide a status update on our efforts to standardize API functions at multiple interface reference points.
Most of this workshop will focus on how Service Providers can prepare to adopt LSO Sonata APIs into their infrastructure. Learn about the top LSO Sonata use cases, the LSO Sonata roadmap, API availability, and API-driven services certification. Hear from vendors on availability and support for LSO Sonata-based commercial offerings.

Project Editing Sessions

Project Editing Sessions

Project Editing Sessions

10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - Noon

Special Edition - Workshop I – LSO Reference Architecture & LSO Sonata Early Adopters Workshop (continued)

Noon - 12:30

Workshop II – MEF 3.0 Services & Technology Certification & MEF Professional Certification Programs

MEF has increased the agility of its popular service and equipment certification programs and expanded its professional certification program to accelerate development and adoption of MEF 3.0 services and technologies. This workshop will bring you up to speed on the latest developments.

MEF 3.0 certification is delivered by MEF’s testing partner, Iometrix, on a revolutionary on-demand, cloud-based virtual test platform with user-initiated testing. The MEF 3.0 framework provides the ability, for the first time, to move to an incremental release approach for both services and LSO APIs and to tightly align certification with each release. 

MEF now offers three certifications as part of its comprehensive Professional Certification Framework . These include the MEF-SDN/NFV Certified Professional, MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP), and MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) certifications. Individuals who obtain all three of these certifications qualify for the coveted MEF Network Expert certification.

12:30 - 1:30Lunch
1:30 - 2:45

Workshop III – Standardizing MEF 3.0 Services (CE, Layer 1, IP, SD-WAN)

With the MEF 3.0 global services framework, MEF is uniting industry efforts to enable orchestrated, on-demand connectivity and virtualized services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. This workshop provides a progress report on standardization work related to orchestration-ready CE, Layer 1, IP, and SD-WAN services.

  • David Ball, Services Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Senior Architect, Cisco
  • Vincent Alesi, MEF 62 editor; Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Verizon
  • David Martin, L1CS Editor in MEF; Senior Systems Engineer, IP/Optical Networking Business Group, Nokia
  • Joe Ruffles, SD-WAN Project Co-Leader, MEF; Global Standards Architect- Strategy & Innovation, Riverbed Technology

Project Editing Sessions

Project Editing Sessions

Project Editing Sessions

2:45 - 3:00Break
3:00 - 4:00

Workshop IV – MEF 3.0 Implementations on MEFnet  

MEF members are developing prototype implementations on the MEF sandboxing platform 'MEFnet' both to accelerate the understanding and adoption of MEF 3.0, as well as to provide immediate feedback to standards development projects. In this workshop, we explore MEF 3.0 service implementation projects through panel discussions in which those MEF members driving this work address what has  been achieved and learned to date, and how they plan to evolve these projects over time.

4:00 - 5:00

Workshop V – The Road to 5G: Transport, Network Slicing, Orchestration, and Fixed-Mobile Convergence

MEF 5G work addresses the new latency, isolation, and capacity requirements of 5G as well as the management and orchestration of the network and the services. This workshop provides an overview of the new requirements of 5G and the MEF 3.0 work to address:

      • Transport for 5G
      • Network Slicing
      • Orchestrating 5G Services
      • Services over 5G
  • Rami Yaron, Senior Director, SDN/NFV Solutions, Netcracker Technology; MEF Advisory Director
  • Scott Mansfield, Standardization Researcher, Development Unit Network Products, Ericsson; MEF Director & Secretary
5:30-6:30MEF Board of Directors Elections (Refreshments Served)
6:30-10:00MEF Board of Directors Meeting
Wed, 25 JulyServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications CommitteeMEF 3.0 Implementations

Marketing and Education & Committee

8:30-10:30Working meetingWorking MeetingWorking meeting Working meetingWorking meeting
1:30-5:30Working meetingWorking MeetingWorking meetingWorking meetingWorking meeting
Thu, 26 JulyServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications CommitteeMEF 3.0 ImplementationsCertification Committee
8:30-12:30Working meetingWorking MeetingWorking meeting Working meeting

All Committees Closing Plenary


MEF Support Staff  Contact us with Questions!

Kevin Vachon | Chief Operating Officer

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Lori Vachon | Director, Global Events & Member Support

Katie Billand | Events Manager

Rick Bauer | Director, Certification Programs

Stan Hubbard | Director of Communications & Research

Eva Keogh | Manager, MEF Events and Community Development

Kirby Russell | Director of Technical Services

Alysia Bennett | Manager, Administration

Tom Dickson | Technical Support Specialist

2018 Member Meetings
MEF18 – 29 Oct – 1 NovLos Angeles, CA
1 – 2 NovemberLos Angeles, CA