MRV Communications Delivers Fully Compliant MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Platform

MRV Communications™, Inc. (OTC QB: MRVC) (“MRV” or the “Company”), a leading provider of optical communications network infrastructure equipment and integration and managed services, today announced it is fully compliant with the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) initiative that was announced last month. MRV is among the first to fully comply with the specifications that will enable service providers to transform their metro networks for a wide range of next-generation services such as mobile backhaul to support the growing 4G and LTE networks. MRV’s OptiSwitch®, an award winning family of compact Intelligent Ethernet Demarcation and Carrier Ethernet Aggregation platforms, exceeds the Multiple Class-of-Service (Multi-CoS), network interconnect, and service OAM capabilities set forth by the MEF in the CE 2.0 initiative.

The OptiSwitch portfolio uses an integrated configuration and management system to make deployment and monitoring of CE 2.0 services simple and efficient. By utilizing the OptiSwitch operating system, a unified platform that runs throughout the portfolio, the solution is able to create the additional CE 2.0 service types, defined for E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree and E-Access. Key features of the platform not only include Multi-CoS, but Hierarchical Quality of Service (H-QoS) for dynamic bandwidth management and complex traffic switching for global Ethernet Network-to-Network services. These are a required to support the applications driving CE 2.0 on packet, circuit and cable networks. MRV’s award-winning Pro-Vision® service provisioning and network management system further enriches the OptiSwitch CE 2.0 solution by enabling service creation with zero-touch mass deployment with rapid service turn-up. Pro-Vision includes a web-based customer portal that enables the monitoring of real-time service performance and Service Level Agreement (SLA) verification based on the customer’s view.

The latest MEF initiative enables the delivery of differentiated applications over managed and interconnected global networks by combining specifications and performance metrics for the key features of Multi-CoS, service interconnect at the ENNI and multi layer service manageability. Each feature, respectively, provides the functionality to meet standardized performance objectives, expand the reach of Carrier Ethernet, and provide affordable scalability and measurability to better ensure SLAs. These powerful new CE 2.0 features are defined in MEF service attributes, implementation agreements and management specifications.

“MRV supports the CE 2.0 initiative as we believe ubiquitous reach and consistent Ethernet service performance are critical components for SMBs, enterprises, cloud computing and applications that run in data center environments,” said Zeev Draer, VP of Strategic Marketing for MRV OCS. “MRV has a long history of working with MEF specifications, and as a result, the field-proven OptiSwitch product line is designed to meet and exceed the performance characteristics defined in CE 2.0. MRV, with OptiSwitch and Pro-Vision, is not only positioned at the forefront of innovative Carrier Ethernet solutions enabling the delivery of CE 2.0 services, but also dedicated to providing generationally advanced infrastructure to help make next generation services a reality.”

About The MEF

The MEF, as the defining body for Carrier Ethernet, is a global industry alliance comprised of more than 175 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.

About MRV Communications, Inc.

MRV Communications, Inc. is a leading global provider of carrier Ethernet, wavelength division multiplexing optical transport, infrastructure management equipment and solutions, as well as network integration and managed services. MRV's solutions enable the delivery and provisioning of next-generation optical transport and carrier Ethernet services over any fiber infrastructure. MRV provides equipment and services worldwide to telecommunications service providers, enterprises, and governments, enabling network evolution and increasing efficiency, while reducing complexity and costs. Through its subsidiaries, MRV operates research and development centers in North America and Europe, along with support centers and sales offices around the world. For more information about MRV, visit http://www.mrv.com.

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