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The PoC Showcase will take place in the MEF17 Networking Hall at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando, Florida. This year’s PoC Showcase participants and themes include:

AT&T, Orange, Colt, Amdocs, Ciena, and Fujitsu Network Communications: Service On-Demand: Global Virtual Inter-carrier Fabric Orchestrated by LSO APIs with Open-source Framework

PCCW Global: On-Demand Orchestration of Multi-Domain Services

Spectrum Enterprise, Nokia/Nuage, and Palo Alto Networks: Automated Deployment of a Hybrid WAN Service Delivered by Stitching SD-WAN to an Ethernet Network with On-demand Configuration of an Add-on Virtual Firewall Service

CenturyLink, Ericsson, Coriant, and Infinera: LSO Service Orchestration Functionality (SOF) Topology Engine

Telia Company, Kvantel, Nokia, OneAccess, and RAD: Third Network SD-WAN Over Multi Domains Provisioned with LSO Sonata and Multi Vendors’ LSO Presto Using CE Over 4G/LTE Access

Windstream, Ciena, Infinera, and Coriant: Layer 1 Multi-vendor LSO

Amartus and EXFO: On-Demand Dynamic Bandwidth Scaling via LSO-Compliant Platform and Continuous Performance Monitoring with NFV

Accedian: NFV-Based Performance Monitoring Platform for Third Network Expansion

Infinera: Software Defined Capacity: Demonstration of Flexible Creation and Automated Delivery of Third Network Services

Spirent and ADVA: Analytics for Zero-Touch Service Activation and Closed-loop Issue Resolution for Virtualized Business Services

Net2Edge: No Fiber – No Problem!: Demonstration of 1G NID Delivering Carrier Ethernet over Fiber and 4G/LTE

The PoC Showcase will include additional participants to be announced in the future.

“The PoC Showcase will spotlight innovations by service providers and network technology vendors that promise to advance the creation of a global ecosystem of automated networks to deliver on-demand services across multiple providers and multiple network technology domains,” said Nan Chen, President, MEF. “We are especially excited by the growing level of participation of leading service providers who are pushing the envelope on innovation. We thank each collaborating group and the individual organizations for their diligent work, and look forward to seeing all of the demos in action.”

MEF will host a Twitter chat on the PoC Showcase from 11:00 – 11:30am US ET, 21 September, using the hashtag #MEFChat. Participants can learn more about the PoC Showcase and ask questions of Bruno Giguere, Director of Product Marketing, MEF.

About MEF17
MEF17 brings together the key industry players who are enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated services optimized for the digital economy and hyper-connected world. The event is on pace to be bigger and better than last year's popular MEF16 event, with a target of 1,000+ attendees from 275+ companies, 275+ service & technology executives, 120+ expert speakers, 110+ sponsors & event partners, 12 Proof of Concept demonstrations, and more.

MEF’s global networking events have developed a reputation for uniquely empowering industry stakeholders with high-quality program content, extraordinary peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and live demonstrations of cutting-edge services and technologies.

MEF17’s program will build upon popular elements of last year’s event while introducing several new activities. Elements include: world-class Plenaries, Sessions, and MEF Workshops; the 4th Proof of Concept Showcase; a vibrant Networking Hall; the 5th LSO Hackathon; an enhanced Global Media Hub; UNITE Partner participation; and the new MEF Awards Party and Third Network Professional Certification Training & Exam.

For more sponsorship information, please visit the MEF17 Sponsorships and Benefits page or email alysia@mef.net.

For more event information, visit MEF17.com.

About MEF 
An industry association of 210+ member companies, MEF is enabling service providers to create a global ecosystem of networks that deliver agile, assured, and orchestrated services for the digital economy and hyper-connected world. These services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. They are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. MEF produces LSO frameworks, open LSO APIs, software-driven reference implementations, service specifications, and certification programs. MEF’s work will enable automated delivery of standardized wavelength, Carrier Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks. For more information: http://www.mef.net.

Media Contact:
Ashley Schulte
Witz Communications for MEF
ashley@witzcommunications.com

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