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.
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.
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