Agile, assured, and orchestrated, these emerging services provide an on-demand experience with user-directed control over service capabilities and cloud connectivity. Third Network services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN (software defined networking), NFV (network functions virtualization), and CE 2.0 (Carrier Ethernet 2.0).
The communications industry is undergoing a paradigm shift from static connectivity services to dynamic/agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services that provide an on-demand experience with user-directed control over service capabilities and cloud connectivity. MEF is driving this transformation by expanding work beyond CE 2.0 (Carrier Ethernet 2.0) to include development of new orchestrated Layer 1-3 connectivity services (e.g., wavelengths, CE 2.0, and IP) and orchestrated Layer 4-7 cloud services (e.g., NFV-based virtual security, etc.).