South Africa “Needs the MEF”

Roy Kruger, Technical Advisor to Minister of Communications

November 2012. Johannesburg, South Africa. – Roy Kruger, the Technical Advisor to the Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, gave his full support to the MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum’s) push into South Africa, stating that the telecom service providers should join the industry standards body to accelerate connectivity and broadband availability in the country.
“Our vision as a nation is to give each individual access to broadband services by 2020,” stated Kruger at the MEF’s inaugural Ethernet Business Services Seminar. “The MEF has global experience of providing the necessary standards to allow different networks to connect to each other through common standards.  This approach is compelling in South Africa, which has great networks, but which lacks the interconnectivity to deliver the national and international world-class network we need.  South Africa needs the MEF to get all parties to interconnect and quickly.” 

Kevin Vachon, COO of the MEF, and Gary Williams, Head of Pre-sales engineering, Metrofibre networx and Co Chair of Marketing of the MEF in South Africa and several industry luminaries, including Richard Came, President of the FTTH and serial entrepreneur and Sunil Joshi, CEO of Neotel outlined their vision for the country’s Ethernet driven national connectivity, which all agreed would be the quickest and most cost effective solution.

The MEF seminar brought together interested parties from across the industry to showcase how MEF standards which will deliver high speed services to businesses, enable the nation’s 4G rollout and cost-effectively transport traffic to and from rural regions.

Gary Williams says:

“The MEF will change the network landscape of South Africa and the rest of the continent.  Carrier Ethernet provides established, globally adopted services standards. If MEF standards can be adopted across the food chain and government can facilitate, we have the ability to rapidly connect our national networks together.  This will have a hugely positive impact on the nation’s productivity.”



About the MEF:
The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 200 organizations, including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductor vendors and testing organizations. The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide. 

For more information about the Forum, including a complete listing of all current MEF members, please visit the MEF web site at


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