The Broadband Forum today unveiled an executive advisory council designed to help the organization's growing emphasis on software and open source, and deliver on the vision of its 20/20 initiative.
The 20/20 initiative looks to help service providers use network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networks (SDN), ultra-fast access and Internet of Things (IoT) proficiencies to develop revenue-generating services. SDN and NFV, for example, allow operators to dramatically cut the time (and cost) associated with delivering new services to customers.
Collaboration is key to leveraging the benefits of open source, said Gavin Young, head of fixed access at Vodafone and member of the new council, in the release. "With the rise of open source communities, new disruptive technologies and the rapid pace the broadband industry is evolving at, organizations working together like this is more important than ever."
Under Broadband 20/20, the Forum in 2015 began focusing on five areas: ultra-fast infrastructure, intelligent home and small business, seamless converged wireline and wireless networks, performance-assured on-demand IP broadband services and a personalized network experience, the organization said.
"ADTRAN has seen the transformative effects that SDN, NFV and high-value broadband services have had on the broadband industry," said Kevin Schneider, chief scientist at ADTRAN and council member. "I look forward to the opportunity to help drive the discussions on new strategies and ideas that the Broadband Forum can utilize for the greater good of the industry."
Advisory Council members include: Robert Balsamo, vice president of advanced technology at Calix; Didier Boivin, marketing vice president and board member at Metanoia Communications'; Don Clarke, principal architect of network technologies at CableLabs; Jim Crammond, senior director of Intel's Connected Home Division; Michael Dargue, principal consultant at Cartesian; David Eckard, fixed networks CTO at Nokia; Heather Kirksey, director of the OPNFV; Guru Paralkar, executive director of ON.Lab and Cord Project board member; Robert Qi, chief strategy officer of network solutions at Huawei; ADTRAN's Schneider; Xiongyan Tang, chief technologist of China Unicom; Bill Walker, director of network architecture, SDN, NFV and cloud at CenturyLink; and Vodafone's Young.
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