Demonstrating vendors' interest in meeting operators' demand for interoperable Gfast technologies, the number of certified-interoperable Gfast solutions tripled in three months, according to the Broadband Forum.
"There is no doubt that Gfast is gathering momentum with the value of certified-interoperable systems well recognized as key for mass-market provisioning of ultrafast broadband," Mersh said. "Having only announced the first Gfast certification results less than three months ago, it's great to see the certification program's rapid and measurable progress."
Earliest participants of the program included chip manufacturers Broadcom, Metanoia and Sckipio. But with the addition of vendors such as Calix, Huawei, Nokia and Technicolor, the type of products has expanded, said Lincoln Lavoie, senior engineer of broadband technologies at UNH-IOL, in a statement. The list of certified devices includes chipsets, access nodes and distribution point units, among others.
"The certification program is driving cross chipset interoperability and performance at all levels including device software for management and control," he said. "Gfast testing has already been more rigorous than any previous certification testing and we are testing individual features more deeply than we have on any previous technology."
The Gfast certification meets the Forum's IR-337 certification test specification, and testing occurs at UNH-IOL's lab.
Non-profit industry organization Broadband Forum this week unveiled new standards and new Open Broadband initiatives to support operators' goal of interoperability for lower costs and accelerated deployment.
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