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VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS JOINS THE METRO ETHERNET FORUM.

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) has unveiled that Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Rockefeller Group Telecommunications Services have joined the ranks of telecom carriers and equipment vendors dedicated to accelerating the adoption of metro Ethernet as the technology of choice in global networks.

"Our two newest members exemplify the fact that Metro Ethernet's advantages of lower cost and greater service flexibility are attractive to both incumbent and challenger service providers alike," said Ron Young, chairman of the board of the Metro Ethernet Forum. "The telecom leadership and stature of Verizon, one of the largest providers of Wireless and Wireline services in the world, and Fortune 500 business customer focus of Rockefeller Group telecommunications Services, will enhance our efforts to make metro Ethernet Services and Transport carrier-class."

"Verizon and Rockefeller have already begun their active participation in the Forum," said Nan Chen, president of the Metro Ethernet Forum "Their goals of assisting in the process of creating standardized, profitable, resilient services for Enterprise Customers are in line with those of the MEF, and we welcome their unique perspectives."

Verizon has begun deploying metro Ethernet services into select markets across the United States and joins an MEF that already includes major incumbents and industry notables BellSouth, SBC and France Telecom.

MEF Quarterly Meeting Highlights

The MEF Technical Committee reached consensus on and produced the following accomplishments during their meeting, indicating progress on a broad technical front, including Services, Protocols, Management, and Network design:

-- As part of the MEF's work to create new standards for the industry, "Ethernet LAN Services" and "Ethernet Line Services," signifying multipoint-to-multipoint and point-to-point services respectively, became official names for the two Service Definitions nearing completion in the technical committee.

-- Completion of six straw ballots for technical documents, including: Service Model, Services Definitions, UNI Requirements, Element Management Requirements, Protection Requirements, and Protection Implementation Agreement. Three new drafts were also approved: Service Model, UNI Framework, and Ethernet Multiplexing Function.

Metro Ethernet Forum Milestones

Nov 2002 MEF and ITU establish formal relationship. Proposed Ethernet Services timeline introduced.

Aug 2002 Three ILECs join the board of directors of MEF; BellSouth, SBC and France Telecom.

Aug 2002 Three major Technical Specifications and two Implementation Agreements move forward in the review process; technical specifications: "Ethernet Service Model", "Ethernet Service Definitions", "Services OAM", "User Network Interface (UNI)", and Implementation Agreements: "MPLS Protection", "Ethernet over SONET/SDH."

May 2002 First technical document "Metro Ethernet Protection Requirements" reaches straw ballot stage.

Nov 2001 MEF establishes Carrier-Class Ethernet technical specifications.

Sep 2001 MEF membership reaches 50 in just three months, making MEF the fastest growing Telecom consortium ever.

Sep 2001 Endorsement of metro Ethernet technology is made by key Industry Analysts: Gartner Group, Yankee Group, Epoch Partners, Probe Research, Analysis Research, and IDC.

Aug 2001 First Technical Committee meeting nets three important accomplishments; (1) Presented Ethernet Services Definition and Market Requirements by carriers and service providers, (2) Discussion of relevant technical proposals contributed by general membership, and (3)Identification of highest priority salient issues.

Jun 2001 The MEF is founded by a group of 37 leading service providers, major incumbent local exchange carriers, top network equipment vendors and other prominent networking companies with the mission of accelerating the adoption of metro Ethernet technology worldwide.

About the Metro Ethernet Forum

Created to accelerate the adoption of optical Ethernet in metro networks worldwide, the Metro Ethernet Forum consists of 62 member companies representing a range of leading Ethernet service providers, major incumbent local exchange carriers, top network equipment vendors and other prominent networking companies. For more information about the Forum, visit the MEF web site at http://www.MetroEthernetForum.org.

Current Metro Ethernet Forum Members

Agere Systems, Agilent Technologies, Alcatel, AMCC, Appian Communications, Atrica, Avaya, Inc., Bell South, Ciena Corp., Cisco Systems, Coriolis Networks, Corning, Corrigent Systems, Crosswave Communications, Inc., Cypress Semiconductor, Ericsson AB, Extreme Networks, France Telecom R&D LLC, Fujitsu Network Communications, Harmonic, Hatteras Networks, Inc., Hitachi America , Ltd, Huawei Tech Co. Ltd., Industrial Technology Research Institute, Internet Photonics, Inc., JDS Uniphase, Juniper Networks, KDDI R&D Laboratories, Inc., Lantern Communications, Inc., Lucent Technologies, Luminous Network s, Inc., Lycium Networks, Mahi Networks, Mindspeed Technologies, Native Networks, NEC Corp., Nortel Networks Corp., NTT Advanced Technology Corp., PMC-Sierra, Procket Networks, Raza Microelectronics, Redux Communications, Riverstone Networks, Rockefeller Group Telecommunications Services, Inc., SBC Communications, Inc., SII Networks, Spirent Communications, Sprint, Sycamor e Networks, Telcordia Technologies, Telesyn, Tenor Networks, Terabeam, TiMetra Inc., TPack A/S, University of New Hampshire -- InterOperability Laboratory, Verizon Communications, Vina Technologies, Vivace Networks, Inc., Xebeo Communications, Inc., Zarlink Semiconductor, ZTE Corporation.

Metro Ethernet Forum can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.metroethernetforum.org/.

For more information, call 818/999-1664.
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