The breadth of technologies and services new members encompass reflect the nature of the Forum's Broadband 20/20 initiative, unveiled in September 2015, said its CEO Robin Mersh.
This program focuses on next-generation broadband technologies that complement or help deliver new services. These include software-defined networks (SDN), Internet of Things (IoT), virtualization and network functions virtualization (NFV), next-generation optical networks (NG-PON), G.fast and 5G. Earlier this month, for example, Broadband Forum developed a vendor program designed to accelerate implementation of G.fast by eliminating some interoperability concerns. (See Broadband Forum Creates G.fast Certification Program.)
The Cloud Central Office (CloudCO) delivers a services-led, software-defined broadband platform that melds together SDN, NFV and cloud, according to the Forum. A number of top operators and vendors are advancing this project, the Forum said in October. Likewise, the User Services Platform (USP) -- which naturally evolved from the TR-069 protocol into IoT and consumer electronics -- held a hackfest last fall, including a proof-of-concept. And the non-profit organization is preparing to work with 3GPP on advances to 5G, the Forum noted.
"Its work in the fields of virtualization and GPON were crucial in our decision to join, and we look forward to working with the Forum to further develop these technologies," said Richard Stanfield, CEO of startup Tibit Communications, which develops pluggable devices designed to virtualize the access network.
With its multi-year investment in next-generation PON beginning to show a return, Verizon's Intelligent Edge Network is now a reality, CEO Hans Vestberg told attendees of the Verizon 2019 Investor Meeting today.
In the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report out today, 20 federal agencies pledge to simplify and accelerate the process for service providers to deliver broadband into America's countryside.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on February 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. UK when John Isch, Practice Director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services, discusses use cases, ROI and misconceptions of software-defined wide-area networks, virtualization and cloud.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.