Lightpath Earns MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certification

All eligible Lightpath Ethernet services have received this important industry distinction, reinforcing company’s leadership position among 100% fiber providers in the New York metro area.

JERICHO, NY, August 24, 2016 – Lightpath, a division of Altice USA, a leading national telecommunications, media and entertainment company, today announced that its E-Line (EPL), V-Line (EVPL) and ELAN (EP-LAN) products have all received MEF CE 2.0 certification. Following rigorous testing across more than 250 test cases, all Lightpath Ethernet products eligible for certification have been deemed ready to meet the most advanced Ethernet demands of enterprise customers.

The CE 2.0 certification program standardizes the next generation of Carrier Ethernet requirements across scalability, reliability, quality of service and service management. CE 2.0 is designed to support faster and seamless deployments as enterprise customers develop more stringent requirements to meet advanced business needs.

“Lightpath was a first-mover in the delivery of Ethernet services ten years ago and recognizes the critical importance of meeting the latest standardization requirements,” said Christopher Rabii, SVP, operations and CTO for Lightpath. “As our customers begin to develop more complex network architecture needs, the MEF CE 2.0 certification demonstrates our continued ability to meet any deployment demands in pursuit of new business goals. Most recently, this includes adding the capability to expand WAN connectivity outside of the Lightpath footprint while still enjoying the high level of service that they get from us today.”

Lightpath, a market leader in Ethernet-based communication solutions for New York metropolitan area businesses, remains committed to its close alignment with MEF and its vision for high-quality, reliable and standardized delivery of Ethernet services. The company’s relationship with the organization spans more than a decade, with Lightpath establishing itself as an early market leader in exclusive sales of Ethernet in 2005. Lightpath has previously been named North American Regional Service Provider of the Year by MEF.

“MEF congratulates Lightpath on the outstanding achievement of meeting the demanding performance requirements of MEF CE 2.0 certification for all its products,” said Nan Chen, President of MEF. “CE 2.0 certification not only demonstrates the ability of Lightpath to provide the highest quality of standardized Ethernet services available today, but it also creates a foundation for future service innovation that is required to address the evolving, demanding needs of the digital economy and the hyper-connected world.

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About Lightpath

Lightpath, a division of Altice USA, is an industry leader in providing advanced Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice, video transport solutions and managed services to businesses across the New York metropolitan area. The Lightpath network is a highly reliable, resilient, and scalable fiber-to-the-business-premises network extending more than 6,500 route miles connecting more than 8,000 fiber-lit locations. Exclusively focused on meeting customer needs in the world’s largest business market for more than 25 years, Lightpath has been continually recognized for its high level of customer service. This includes a commendation by the New York State Public Service Commission for the last 17 consecutive years for excellence in service and quality. Lightpath has received many industry awards for innovation and leadership, including being named North American Regional Service Provider of the Year by MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum). For more information, visit


About Altice USA

Altice USA, a subsidiary of Altice Group (Euronext: ATC, ATCB), is the fourth largest cable operator in the United States, delivering residential and business services to 4.6 million customers across 20 states. Providing high-quality products that keep customers connected, Altice USA (through its Optimum, Lightpath and Suddenlink brands) offers digital cable television, high-speed Internet, voice, WiFi and advertising services. To meet our customers’ content and information needs, the company through News 12 also offers hyper-local news and programming created specifically for the communities we serve. For more information, visit


About MEF

MEF is the driving force enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world, with user-directed control over network resources and cloud connectivity. Optimized for real-time, QoS-enabled, secured traffic and integration of value-added network functions-as-a-service, Third Network services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks globally powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV.

MEF leverages its global 200+ network operators and technology vendor community, builds upon the robust $80 billion Carrier Ethernet market, and provides a practical evolution to the Third Network with LSO, SDN, and NFV implementations that build upon a CE 2.0 foundation. 

MEF has established a technical and implementation framework that includes architecture, information models, service definitions, operational processes, open source community, and certification programs. MEF work is conducted internally and – under the guidance of the MEF UNITE program – in collaboration with global standards organizations and open source projects. For more information, see


Lindsey Calabrese
Altice USA
Brian Baumley
BLB Communications for Lightpath