MetroFibre certification is the global gold standard enabling digital enterprises

23 Nov, 2021
Gary Webster, Head of Wholesale at MetroFibre

MetroFibre customers have enhanced performance, agility, and assurance, particularly relevant to organisations undergoing digital transformation, based on its MEF 3.0 certification achieved with assistance from long-term systems integration partner, NEC XON.

Allied with MetroFibre’s presence across Gauteng’s leading data centres, achieving this certification improves secure, reliable, fast and scalable data exchanges for numerous activities, including mirroring, replication, and backups.

“MEF 3.0 means South African businesses get the world’s highest standards for secure, high-speed, and low-latency networks key to supporting critical business requirements,” says Gary Webster, Head of Wholesale at MetroFibre. “Six primary components make up the subscriber and operator services of the certification. Each require high degrees of engineering proficiency. We’ve worked with NEC XON for more than 10 years and our strong working partnership supports these kinds of world-class outcomes for customers.”

MetroFibre is a Carrier Ethernet (CE) 3.0 rated provider for small, medium and large enterprises with dedicated, uncontended, open access fibre with all-in-one security, direct local and international cloud service provider connectivity, carrier-compliant SLAs and dedicated carrier-grade Internet services, which are highly available. It is the only African service provider to achieve six of the MEF 3.0 carrier ethernet certifications.

“Being MEF 3.0-certified is the global gold standard. It means MetroFibre offers excellent performance, competitive differentiation, and complies with international best practice standards,” says Anthony Laing, GM of Networking at NEC XON.

MetroFibre’s MEF-certified network offers native fibre security for data in transit and offers high volume throughput that is fast with exceptionally low latency that makes it ideal for critical environments, including financial services.

“They have good customer traction as a national operator with a compelling value proposition for data centre interconnect and low-latency, high-speed managed enterprise connectivity services,” says Laing.

MEF is the non-profit forum for the world’s network, cloud and technology providers helping to empower enterprise digital transformation.

MetroFibre became a founding MEF Forum Member in Africa in 2015 and provided South Africa’s first globally compliant CE 2.0 open access fibre network. At the time, NEC XON assisted MetroFibre when it deployed a DWDM carrier-class fibre backbone.

Anthony Laing, GM of Networking at NEC XON

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