Unlike Ben Stiller's main character in Meet the Parents, who struggled mightily to enter future father-in-law Robert DeNiro's inner sanctum -- or "circle of trust" -- a number of industry executives on Tuesday entered the "Circle of Excellence" when the Broadband Forum awarded them for various initiatives (none of which had anything to do with a white Himalayan cat named Jinx or a basement-residing lie detector).
Rather, at its quarterly meeting in Chicago today, the Broadband Forum bestowed Distinguished Fellow Award on Barbara Stark of
AT&T and Michael Shaffer of Nokia for their individual work on the Forum's programs. Stark -- the first woman to win the award -- has focused on broadband user services for many years, while Shaffer's award recognized his leadership on the Forum's fiber networks activities, including G-PON ONU certification, according to the Forum.
In addition, the Forum recognized Joey Boyd of
ADTRAN and David Minodier of Orange for their "exceptional contributions" to the organization. Boyd received a Circle of Excellence Award for his participation in the delivery of the Forum's first YANG models; Minodier's driving role behind TR-317, a specification for residential gateways used in software-defined networking and network functions virtualization, led to his award.
The Forum also awarded Outstanding Contributor Awards to Nokia's Guiu Fabregas for his work on fixed mobile convergence, 5G, NFV and SDN; Ron Insler of RAD for a focus on the virtual business gateway specification; Denis Khotimsky of Verizon for contributing to the ICTP specification that supports the NG-PON2 standard; Marvell's Marcos Martinez for work on performance testing of powerline communications and the test plan for 1905.1/1a, and Marta Seda of Calix, for contributions to the ICTP and YANG specifications.
The Broadband Forum also held its annual board elections at the meeting, and members voted new directors ADTRAN's Ken Ko, and Aleksandra Kozarev of Intel onto the board. Tom Starr of AT&T, Les Brown of Huawei, and Manuel Paul of Deutsche Telekom remain on the board as directors.
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Fiber optic cable vendor Prysmian Group is now shipping its FlexRibbon Technology-based, US-sourced and made 6912 fiber MassLink Cable to service providers seeking densification for 5G or solutions for filled ducts.
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.
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!