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.
Dusty Johnson, VP of consulting at Vantage Point in South Dakota, will soon head to DC as the state's sole member of the House of Representatives, bringing with him knowledge of the digital divide, rural America and broadband.
After seven years of research, development and investment, Calix's transformation to a platform and software vendor focused on cloud-based, open systems for service providers appears to strike a successful chord with operators.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on Thursday, November 1 at 8 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. UK as Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Regions at ADTRAN, explores the five pillars of network integrity -- a topic he discussed during his recent Broadband World Forum keynote. Register now!
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