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Monday, April 22, 2013
Lumos Networks Becomes First U.S. Provider to Achieve CE 2.0 E-Access Certification

Waynesboro, VA - Less than a year after achieving CE 1.0 certification for its EPL and EVPL services, Lumos Networks is proud to announce that today it becomes the first U.S. provider to achieve CE 2.0 E-Access Certification. Lumos Networks also achieved CE 2.0 E-LAN certification today as well. CE 2.0 certification marks another important milestone for Lumos Networks, already recognized as an industry leader in Ethernet services. Lumos Networks is now one of the few organizations worldwide to have met these new stringent certification requirements.

"We are very excited about our most recent certification and the standards it brings to our customers," says Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President Joe McCourt. "CE 2.0 certification ensures that Lumos Networks' Metro Ethernet services meet the worldwide MEF standards for Ethernet Data Communications and further positions Lumos Networks as the clear data network leader in the Mid-Atlantic region."

"Next generation Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0), extends the original Carrier Ethernet remit with vital added features including multiple classes of service, greater manageability and easier interconnect for all eight standard service types, enabling new levels of efficiency for mobile backhaul, making it easier for a large number of access providers to join the Carrier Ethernet community and establish Carrier Ethernet as a business class cloud service carrier. The main market drivers continue to dominate business: bandwidth growth, mobile data and LTE migration and the growth of public and private cloud computing," stated Nan Chen, President, MEF.

CE 2.0 certification allows Lumos Networks to be classified with other leading carriers handling Ethernet services and provides a competitive edge over other carriers that have not received the CE 2.0 certification. By certifying as a CE 2.0 Service Provider Lumos can:

  • Accelerate the sale of Carrier Ethernet services by saving its enterprise and service provider customers considerable time and resources in assessing its service offering
  • Differentiate its high quality CE 2.0 standards based Carrier Ethernet service products from the offerings of other Service Providers
  • Connect quickly based on use of CE 2.0 certified equipment

E-LAN services provide customer benefits to both Enterprise and Wholesale customers, as the certification ensures that standards are met for multipoint to multipoint networks on layer 2 services.

"By demanding Carrier Ethernet 2.0, business customers increase the likelihood of obtaining fully featured, standardized solutions that will meet mission critical connectivity requirements. Carrier Ethernet 2.0 specifications are designed to ensure flexibility, low latency, and speed performance across ubiquitous networks," says Vice President of Product Management and Engineering Craig M. Drinkhall.

For more information about Lumos Networks and its host of products and services including Metro Ethernet, please visit or call 877-328-9442.


About The Metro Ethernet Forum

The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 210 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors 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 the Combination of Spirit Communications and Lumos Networks

The combination of Spirit Communications and Lumos Networks creates a super-regional fiber bandwidth network with over 21,000 miles of fiber and more than 9,000 on-net locations across nine states in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast United States. The new entity offers a full range of Ethernet, MPLS, dark fiber, advanced voice and cloud services to thousands of carrier, enterprise, data center and government customers. The entity also connects 44 total data centers, including 12 co-location and data centers. More information: is available at and

Lumos Networks provides fiber internet, voice, and IP connectivity over a dense fiber-based network serving enterprise and carrier customers in areas around and including Roanoake, VA, Richmond, VA, Daleville, VA, Waynesboro, VA, Hampton Roads, VA, Virginia Beach, VA, Lynchburg, VA, Charleston, WV, Huntington, WV, Beckley, WV, Parkersburg, WV, Clarksburg, WV, Morgantown, WV, Wheeling, WV, Pittsburgh, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Altoona, PA, Hagerstown, MD, and Washington, D.C.