Recommendation ITU-T Y.1731 provides mechanisms for user-plane OAM functionality in Ethernet networks according to the requirements and principles given in Recommendation ITU-T Y.1730. This Recommendation is designed specifically to support point-to-point connections and multipoint connectivity in the ETH layer as identified in Recommendation ITU-T G.8010/Y.1306.

The operation, administration and maintenance mechanisms defined in this Recommendation offer capabilities to operate and maintain the network and service aspects of the ETH layer.