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.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
As the pool of savvy, fiber-rich operators across the US rural and regional landscape wanes, the financial community will grow even more interested in acquiring or investing in them, a CoBank report says.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.