New MEF LSO Sonata APIs Bring Digital Transformation to Telcos

Metro Ethernet Forum or MEF just launched MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata Certification pilot for inter-provider service automation encapsulating APIs for inter-provider serviceability, product inventory, quoting, ordering, trouble ticketing, contracts, and billing.

“Certified MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata APIs will be the critical enabler for orchestrating MEF 3.0 services – starting with Carrier Ethernet and extending to SD-WAN, Optical Transport, and IP – across a global federation of automated networks,” said Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF. “More than 50 service providers around the world have voiced support for development and adoption of LSO Sonata APIs to realize time-to-revenue and profit goals. We expect a core group will participate in the pilot certification program, leading the industry shift from manual inter-provider processes to dynamic service automation.”

“MEF continues to be the driving force in the service provider community bringing standardization of specifications promoting carrier interoperability of next-generation services like Ethernet and SD-WAN. AT&T is pleased to be part of this effort and we are continually implementing these specifications to enable on-demand services, drive complexity out of our processes, and lower our operating costs,” said Roman Pacewicz, Chief Product Officer, AT&T Business. “Today’s announcement demonstrates that LSO Sonata APIs have arrived, and it’s incumbent upon all of us in the service provider community to implement them in the same standardized fashion to ensure cross-carrier interoperability.”

“Today’s announcement is the culmination of a long journey. This project started as a Proof of Concept (PoC,) and it is incredibly exciting to reach this stage,” said Mirko Voltolini, Head of Network On Demand, Colt. “We are proud to have been part of this process from the beginning. With the adoption of LSO Sonata APIs in our production network, we are improving efficiencies, reducing manual processes, and helping to improve how we all work together as an industry.”

Perhaps most exciting is MEF and carriers are coming together to improve service provider automation and digital transformation.

Emmanuel Rochas, CEO, Orange International Carriers had this to say:

Orange is pleased to be part of the early adopters of MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata. The integration of these APIs into our on-demand services will provide efficiency and thus simplify cooperation between operators on existing and new on-demand services. Because digital transformation is growing at such an incredible pace, here at Orange we are convinced that automation is a key element in customer experience!

In all, it’s an exciting time for carriers looking to become more productive and transform their business to better provide services to global customers. We applaud the MEF, Colt, Orange, AT&T and others who came together to make this new SDK and APIs happen.

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