Comcast has earned Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), becoming the first service provider to achieve certification.

The MEF at the end of January issued its first CE 2.0 certifications to a list of equipment vendors: Accedian, Altera, BTI Systems, Ciena, Cisco, Cyan, FibroLAN, Huawei, Infinera, Juniper Networks, MRV, Omnitron, Overture, PT Inovacao, Pulsecom, RAD Data Communications, Telco Systems, Tellabs, Transition Networks and Transmode.

There are several certification categories. Comcast earned certification for E-Line and E-LAN services.

Nan Chen, president, MEF, said, “A milestone was reached this year when for the first time Carrier Ethernet services share of bandwidth exceeded the sum total of all legacy telecom services across the world, with Frost & Sullivan, Vertical Systems and Infonetics predicting a near $48 billion services market by 2015. We are therefore very pleased to see that Comcast has achieved the latest milestone in our industry - becoming the first CE 2.0 Service Provider.”

After extensive compliance testing by Iometrix, the MEF authorized certification test lab, the MEF certified Comcast Business Class Ethernet Private Line and Comcast Business Class Ethernet Virtual Private Line as CE 2.0 E-Line services and Comcast Business Class Ethernet Network Service as a CE 2.0 E-LAN service.

All of Comcast’s Ethernet services are delivered over its IP network, which extends to 39 states and the District of Columbia and serves 20 of the top 25 U.S. markets. Completely diverse from any telecom networks, Comcast’s network features a 100 Gbps backbone and pervasive, fiber-rich reach into its markets with an expanded local footprint through Ethernet over HFC.

Comcast noted that all of its Ethernet network equipment suppliers are also CE 2.0 certified.

In addition to being the first service provider in North America to offer CE 2.0 certified Ethernet services, Comcast Business Services was also the first service provider to achieve all three of the previous CE 1.0 certifications (MEF 9, 14 and 18).

The company has also served on the MEF Board of Directors since 2008, a seat currently held by Karen Schmidt, Executive Director of Enterprise Product Marketing at Comcast Business Services.

As more businesses shift from legacy telecom services to Ethernet, the new CE 2.0 certifications are designed to deliver improved classes of service, service manageability, and interoperability for delivery across multiple networks.