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 member companies and participants
  • Brainstorm and initiate new work in support of MEF's vision
  • Conduct LSO Hackathons at selected meetings
  • Network with MEF colleagues and representatives of partner organizations from around the globe, such as open source projects and standards organizations

Athens Meeting Areas of Focus

  • Plenary Session: Featuring a progress report on MEF 3.0, presentations and panels involving MEF leadership, global service providers,and EMEA members 
  • Opening Reception: Immediately following the plenary, join us for our welcome reception, a great opportunity to network!
  • MEF Workshops: The Athens workshops will feature all aspects of MEF 3.0, including services, LSO & Open APIs, open reference implementations, new certification programs, and an expanded MEF community
  • Committee Working Meetings: Progressing the numerous works of MEF including MEF 3.0 and more, with special emphasis on EMEA member engagement opportunities. 

Join Us  

MEF Member Meetings are exclusively for MEF Members. MEF also welcomes potential member companies who wish to audit an upcoming meeting. Please contact Lori Vachon, for further information.

Hotel Information

Hilton Athens 
46 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue
Athens, Greece 11528
30 210 7281000

MEF special rate: €174 Euro ($207 USD) includes full breakfast & wi-fi and is available until Friday, March 30thThis rate is available three (3) days prior and post event subject to hotel availability. The Hilton Athens is currently sold out on 26 & 27 April.  All reservations require a credit card. 100% cancellation fee applies after March 25, 2018. 

Hilton Athens On-line Reservations here or call the hotel directly: +30 210 7281000

The Hilton Athens is located 30 km (18 miles) from Athens International Airport and centrally located in the heart of the city. You will find impressive Acropolis and city views from your guest room.  Explore the beauties of Ancient Greece from a modern environment, easily accessible to major attractions by taxi, metro or bus. The hotel is within walking distance from the famous Syntagma square, Kolonaki and Plaka districts, numerous cafes, restaurants, taverns, shops, and a lively nightlife scene!

Temperatures in April average 16C (60F).

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 services empower users with the dynamic performance and security required to thrive in the digital economy. 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, optical, 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.

Open 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.). MEF recently announced the first experimental releases of two LSO SDKs (software development kits) that feature inter-provider APIs for address validation, serviceability, and ordering and an intra-provider API for network resource provisioning. 

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 subscribing 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, standards associations, 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 prototype MEF 3.0 implementations using open source and commercial products. MEFnet projects will help accelerate the understanding and adoption of MEF 3.0, as well as provide immediate feedback for standards development within MEF.

Please see recent MEF 3.0 videos below that include numerous industry perspectives on our exciting work:


Remote Meeting Access

While attending in person is most effective, we provide remote access for selected sessions for members who are unable to attend via GoToMeeting - MEF Members Meeting Remote Access

Accessing Meeting Materials

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Annual Members Meeting

Save the Date Nashville!: Q3 Annual Members Meeting July 23-26, 2018.  Click here for details

Q4 Members Meeting

Save the Date Los Angeles!: Q4 Members Meeting Nov 1-2, 2018 co-located with MEF18.  Click here for details.


Mon, 23 Apr

Orientation, BoD, Editing Sessions and Opening Plenary

Times are approximate, check detailed agendas, when available, for exact times.  

7:30 - 9:00Breakfast Served in Hotel Restaurant
8:30 - 12:30

Member Orientation

(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

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

Project Editing Sessions

See 2018Q2-Athens-SC and 2018Q2-Athens-LC

Board of Directors Meeting

12:00 - 1:00Lunch in Hotel Restaurant
1:00 - 5:30

All Members - Opening Plenary (Hesperides Room)

1:00 - 1:10Opening Remarks - Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF
1:10 - 1:35President's Report - Nan Chen, President, MEF; Executive Vice Chairman, CENX
1:35 - 1:45Chairman's Address - Mike Strople, Chairman, MEF; President Enterprise Networks, Zayo Group
1:45 - 2:05

Host Keynote - Daniele Mancuso, Director of Innovation & Engineering, Sparkle

2:05 - 2:35MEF Technical Vision & the Transformation Journey to MEF 3.0, Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF
2:35 - 2:55Break

2:55 - 3:15

Market Report: Industry Trends and Market Reaction to MEF 3.0, Stan Hubbard, Director, Communications and Research, MEF

3:15 - 4:00

Global Panel: Building a Global Ecosystem of Automated Networks Supporting MEF 3.0 Services: Challenges & Opportunities

Moderator: Stan Hubbard, Director of Communications & Research, MEF

  • Mike Strople, President Enterprise Networks, Zayo Group
  • Shawn Hakl, Senior Vice President Business Products, Verizon
  • Jeff Schwartz, Associate VP, Managed Network Services and Cloud Enablement, Tata

4:00 - 4:45

EMEA Panel:  MEF 3.0 in EMEA:  The Status and Future of Dynamic Services

Moderator: Stan Hubbard, Director of Communications & Research, ME

  • Dr. Panagiota Bosdogianni, CTO, OTEGLOBE
  • Afrodite Sevasti, Network Infrastructure Evolution Leader, GEANT
  • EMEA service provider - to be announced
4:45 - 5:15

MEA Case Study Panel:  MEF 3.0 E-Line Service: Over a Virtualized Infrastructure, Orchestrated with ONAP

Moderator: Daniel Bar-Lev, Director Office of the CTO, MEF

5:15Closing Remarks - - Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF
5:30 - 6:45Welcome Reception (Galaxy Room - top floor next to Galaxy Bar)

6:45 - 8:20BoF Sessions with light refreshments (Hesperides Room)

1) VNF On-Boarding and License Management in the context of MEF 3.0
Joe Ruffles – Riverbed (25 mins)

As NFV becomes a central technology for service providers’ to deploy enhanced connectivity services, automation of VNF deployment becomes essential including automation of VNF license management. Today, there is no industry-agreed approach to VNF on-boarding. This BoF introduces the key issues to be considered in standardizing VNF golden image, launching, and licensing, describes some lessons Riverbed has learned working with its service provider customers, and considers how the MEF can help drive a better solution for the industry offering Network as a Service.

2) Federated Policy and Authentication Approaches in Commercial and Non-Commercial Service Providers
Afrodite Sevasti – GEANT (15 mins)

GEANT, a new member of MEF, is the pan-European education and research service provider funded in part by the European Commission. Together with the European national research and education networks, they serve over 50M individual users and 10K organizational users. Its non-profit business model, combined with the need to span networks owned by different European governments, means that federated service orchestration is highly relevant for GEANT, and last year, it has started developing orchestrated service delivery solutions adopting LSO Framework (MEF 55) principles. This BoF explores how research and education networks achieve federated authentication and their needs for federated policy solutions.

3) SDN Smart Contracts - Using Blockchain for LSO Sonata Commercial Interactions Between Service Providers
Nathan John Sowatskey – Zeetta Networks (25 mins)

Automation of inter-operator MEF 3.0 interactions is being extended to include commercial attributes. MEF member Zeetta Networks is leading the effort to show how to use blockchain technology to support a major transformation in trust models required to enable automation of commercial interaction including smart contracts. This BoF introduces the blockchain and smart contracts ideas for inter-carrier interaction.

4) Standardizing VNF Event Streaming
Alok Gupta - AT&T (30 mins)

Service providers require real-time information on events concerning VNFs deployed in their networks (e.g. for VNF health maintenance and lifecycle orchestration). Currently, the events are defined by the VNF vendors with a large degree of variability in terms of protocol and payload. This results in service providers needing to customize their management platforms to support VNFs/network elements.   

VNF Event Stream (VES) aims to standardize the data collection of events using a common vendor agnostic event header (based on standardized vocabulary), together with vendor-specific data for different events (e.g. Fault, Performance, Syslog etc.). This allows automation (plug and play) in the network management systems. Work on VES is already underway in ONAP, OPNFV and TMN and is currently being expanded to include PNFs and Infrastructure (Multi-VIM).

By working on standardizing a common event stream format and collection system for VNFs, MEF could provide its 120+ service provider members, and the broader service provider industry, with a way to significantly streamline the development and integration of VNF telemetry-related data into automated VNF management systems. 

This would align well with the work underway at LSO Presto, could be actively implemented and demonstrated in the MEF 3.0 Service Telemetry Implementation project and would accelerate alignment of ONAP with LSO.

Tue, 24 AprMEF WorkshopsServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications Committee
7:30 - 8:30Breakfast Served in Hotel Restaurant
8:30 - 8:35

MEF 3.0 Workshops Overview

Project Editing Sessions

See 2018Q2-Athens-SC
LSO Plenary

See 2018Q2-Athens-LC

Project Editing Sessions

See 2018Q2-Athens-AC

8:35 - 10:15

Workshop I – Standardizing MEF 3.0 Services (Layer 1, CE, 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 Layer 1, CE, IP, and SD-WAN services.

David Ball, Services Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Senior Architect, Cisco

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


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. 

In 2017, MEF introduced a Professional Certification Framework for creating a global base of certified professionals with the leading-edge skills required to build automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE. The framework now includes Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals (MEF-CECP), MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF), and MEF-SDN/NFV certifications.

Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF

Isabelle Morency, Head of Engineering & Standards, Iometrix

11:45 - 12:30

Workshop III – 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

Scott Mansfield, MEF Director & Secretary, Standardization Researcher, Development Unit Network Products, Ericsson

12:30-1:30Lunch in Hotel Restaurant
Workshop IV – Standardizing Inter-Provider & Intra-Provider LSO APIs for Orchestrated Services
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 provide an 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. We will also cover collaboration with open source and standards organizations.
Shahar Steiff, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF; AVP New Technology, PCCW Global

Chris Purdy, LSO Committee Co-Chair

Bithika Khargharia, Technical Program Director, MEF

Project Editing Sessions

See 2018Q2-Athens-SC

LSO Plenary

See 2018Q2-Athens-LC

Project Editing Sessions

See 2018Q2-Athens-AC

3:30 - 5:00

Workshop V – 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.

Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF

Wed, 25 AprServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications CommitteeMEF 3.0 Implementations and MEF Developer Community

Joint Marketing and Education & Certification Committees

7:30-8:30Breakfast Served in Hotel Restaurant

Project Editing Sessions

SC Plenary

See 2018Q2-Athens-SC

Project Editing Sessions

See 2018Q2-Athens-LC

 No meetingWorking meetingWorking meeting
12:30-1:30Lunch in Hotel Restaurant

SC Plenary

See 2018Q2-Athens-SC

Project Editing Sessions

See 2018Q2-Athens-LC

 No MeetingWorking meetingWorking meeting
6:15-7:00Joint Session on API Tooling StrategyNo Meeting
Thu, 26 AprServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications CommitteeMEF 3.0 Implementations and MEF Developer CommunityJoint Marketing and Education & Certification Committees 
7:30-8:30Breakfast Served in Hotel Restaurant

SC Plenary

See 2018Q2-Athens-SC

LSO Plenary

See 2018Q2-Athens-LC

AC Plenary

See 2018Q2-Athens-AC

No Meeting Working meeting
12:30-1:30Lunch in Hotel Restaurant

All Committees Closing Plenary

3:45 - 5:00No MeetingProject ReportsWorking MeetingNo MeetingWorking Meeting


MEF Support Staff  Contact us with Questions!

Kevin Vachon | Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Bar-Lev  | Director, Office of the CTO

Lori Vachon | Director, Global Events & Member Support

Katie Billand  | Events Manager

Stan Hubbard | Director of Communications & Research

Mary Hecht-Kissell | Sr. Mgr., Marketing Programs & Member Support

Pascal Menezes | CTO

Kirby Russell | Director of Technical Services

Alysia Bennett  | Manager, Administration

Tom Dickson | Technical Support Specialist

2018 Member Meetings
July 23-26Nashville, TN
MEF18 - Oct 29-Nov 1Los Angeles, CA
November 1-2Los Angeles, CA