TDS Carrier Ethernet Services

TDS® provides Carrier Ethernet Services compliant to the standards and service attributes established by Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). Our E-Access, E-Transit, Mobile Backhaul, and MetroE services are managed, Layer 2 (Ethernet) services that allow neighboring carriers to establish NNIs (Network Node Interface) with TDS for transport over the TDS network. This solution is ideal for carriers to serve subscriber locations within the TDS footprint or for connectivity with another carrier on the other side of the TDS footprint. TDS Carrier Ethernet Services can accommodate a carrier’s individual requirements with respect to diversity and Service Level Agreement expectations, with bandwidth options up to 10Gbps.


TDS Carrier Ethernet Services provide a comprehensive solution from a single provider, with broad capabilities that allow you to efficiently manage connectivity to subscriber locations outside of your footprint. By following the industry standards created by MEF, ordering, provisioning, and support of these services is more efficient. Following MEF standards also allows us to offer a broad range of bandwidth and service level agreement (SLA) options in support of your subscribers. These services are supported by the 30+ MEF CECPs that TDS employs to provide a high-quality experience.

Solutions for wholesale customers could include:

  • E-Access – NNI to UNI (User Network Interface) connectivity for carriers that wish to connect to their subscribers’ locations within the TDS footprint
  • E-Transit – NNI to NNI connectivity for carriers that wish to connect to another carrier (or themselves) on the other side of the TDS footprint
  • Mobile Backhaul – UNI to UNI connectivity for mobile operators that wish to connect their Radio Network Controller to Radio Base Stations within the TDS footprint
  • Carrier Metro Ethernet – UNI to UNI connectivity for carriers that wish to interconnect their subscribers’ locations within the TDS footprint

Ethernet Services (PDF)

Reliable and Secure Communications

TDS partners with carrier hotels across the country to ensure secure and reliable data communications.

We are co-located in carrier hotels across the country in these cities:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • Madison, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Nashville, TN

Service Details

TDS Carrier Ethernet Services are available in a variety of bandwidth offerings. of 10M, 20M, 50M, 100M, 250M, 500M, 1G, and 10G. Carriers can order diversity and performance SLAs at varying levels, depending on the transmission distance between end-points.


Layer 2 Carrier Ethernet services are the cornerstone to a $50 billion global industry. TDS’ offerings in this space allow carriers to strategically provide regional service to subscribers that would be otherwise hard to get to or out of reach altogether. Using the common language created by MEF allows TDS to speak to other MEF-compliant carriers in a uniform and more efficient manner, making the often-cumbersome ordering process easier to navigate. All services are fully managed with the ability to be reported upon on request.

TDS Carrier Wholesale Service Resources

Service Guides

Here you can access service guides with specifications for TDS® E-Transit, E-Access, MetroE, and Mobile Backhaul. The standards for these services are currently in progress within the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). TDS offerings are based on the principles of “MEF 33.” TDS intends to be fully MEF compliant once respective industry standards are published.