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E-LAN or Ethernet Virtual Private LAN
(EVP-LAN) is a MultiPoint-to-MultiPoint Ethernet Virtual Connection defined by the Metro Ethernet Forum
The Metro Ethernet Forum , founded in 2001, is a nonprofit international industry consortium, dedicated to worldwide adoption of Carrier Ethernet networks and services....
— a Carrier Ethernet
Carrier Ethernet is a marketing term for extensions to Ethernet to enable telecommunications network providers to provide Ethernet services to customers and to utilize Ethernet technology in their networks....
equivalent of Virtual Private LAN Service
Virtual Private LAN Service is a way to provide Ethernet based multipoint to multipoint communication over IP/MPLS networks. It allows geographically dispersed sites to share an Ethernet broadcast domain by connecting sites through pseudo-wires. The technologies that can be used as pseudo-wire can...
(VPLS) or Transparent LAN Services.
Other types of Ethernet Virtual Connection (EVC) defined for Carrier Ethernet networking are the E-Line and E-Tree.