Shentel’s Ethernet Products Achieve MEF 3.0 Certification

Rural provider can use certification as a selling point to its growing base of business and wholesale service provider customers.

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Edinburg, VA– Shentel achieved MEF 3.0 certification, an internationally recognized certification for Ethernet network services. Shentel is now one of just 31 service providers in the world with this certification.

The rural telco and cable operator joins a number of large U.S. and multinational Ethernet providers like AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, Comcast Business and Orange in being MEF 3.0 certified.

MEF is a non-profit industry forum of network, cloud, and technology providers that develops standards and certifications to empower growth in enterprise digital infrastructure and technology. “The MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet Certified Service Provider certification is a validation of network performance. It sets Shentel apart from its competitors by providing higher-valued services that are capable of meeting a customer’s unique service demands,” said Harris Duncan, Vice President of Engineering and Construction at Shentel.

Nan Chen, MEF President, says that achieving MEF 3.0 certification is a reason to celebrate.

“The large number of MEF 3.0 certifications celebrated today represents a key milestone on our journey to develop a global federation of dynamic, trusted and certified services that power enterprise digital transformation,” he said. “I wish to congratulate each service provider for achieving MEF 3.0 certification and demonstrating their commitment to delivering innovative solutions with compelling value for customers.”

“Shentel is proud to have achieved this stringent level of certification that will benefit both our Enterprise and Carrier clients,” said Craig Venable, Vice President of Commercial Sales, Shentel Business. “Our commercial team looks forward to continuing to provide carrier-grade Ethernet services to meet the ever-growing digital demands from businesses across the rural markets we serve.”

Shentel’s certification comes at an interesting time for the Ethernet industry overall.

Vertical Systems Group, said in its Mid-Year 2020 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD that it expected a slow rebound through the end of 2020 and into this year “based on an incremental recovery of the U.S. economy.”

The research firm forecast that total bandwidth for all U.S. Ethernet services was set to increase more than 20 percent in 2020. The largest speed segment is 100 Mbps based on customer installations, while the 10+ Gbps and 1 Gbps segments are the fastest growing.


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