Register for the MEF Global Ethernet Networking 2014 event (www.gen14.com) that will be held 17-20 November 2014 at the Gaylord National in Washington, DC. GEN14 is the global gathering of the Ethernet community defining the future of network-enabled cloud, data, and mobile services powered by the convergence of Carrier Ethernet 2.0, SDN, and virtualisation technologies. Wholesale services trends, issues, and challenges will be a major focus of the event.

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* 1. What do you believe have been the most important growth drivers for the wholesale Ethernet services market during the past two years? [Please rate importance of each factor – (1) not important to (5) critical factor impacting growth]

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Performance-price advantages of Ethernet versus alternative services
Customer migration from TDM leased lines / legacy services to Ethernet
Ethernet access to cloud services, Layer 3 VPN, or other services
MEF standards for Carrier Ethernet connectivity & access services, interconnection, etc.
Expanded Ethernet service coverage
Wireless backhaul bandwidth upgrades
Retail Ethernet bandwidth demand
Ethernet service innovation (improved quality of service, performance, reliability, etc.)

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* 2. Please outline the key market drivers, trends and challenges that you identify for the wholesale Ethernet services market. Examples could include bandwidth demand, wider enterprise adoption, changes from TDM to Ethernet, small cell etc. Please provide 100 words.

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* 3. If your company provides wholesale services in several regions, are there any particular trends that stand out per region? Please outline what your customers are asking for that is unique to that region/country. Examples could include different speed connections, bandwidth, types of services etc. Please outline in about 100 words.

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* 4. What are your revenue growth expectations for your company’s wholesale services in the next 12 months?

  decline remain stable increase 1% to 10% increase 10% to 20% increase more than 20% do not offer this service
Wholesale Ethernet access
Long-haul Ethernet connectivity
Metro wavelength connectivity
Long-haul wavelength connectivity

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* 5. What are the most significant service features impacting your wholesale customers’ purchasing decisions in the past 12 months? Please rate importance of each feature – (1) not important (2) somewhat important (3) important (4) very important (5) key feature affecting decisions

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Variety of access technologies
Low or ultra-low latency
Bandwidth scalability
Expanded service coverage within metro markets
Expanded service coverage between metro markets
Service and network resiliency
Accelerated / automated service turn-up
Virtual services with multiple classes-of-service options
End-to-end SLAs with performance visibility
Real-time performance management with granularity
MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services certification
100 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
Bandwidth on-demand

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* 6. What do you believe will be the top 4 service features impacting your wholesale customers’
purchasing decisions in the next 12 months? Please rank 1 -13 (1 being the most important)

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