Home Telecoms & NBN Broadband Forum, UNHIOL complete first GFast certifications

The global non-profit Broadband Forum says the first six products have successfully completed the Gfast certification programme from the Forum and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL).

The forum, based in the Netherlands and focused on engineering smarter and faster broadband networks, says completion of the certifications represents the next important industry milestone by signalling market readiness for multi-vendor deployment.

Completion of the first Gfast certification tests coincides with the Broadband Forum’s announcement that it has launched the Gfast Council to centralise and disseminate the expertise and experience of the Gfast market in order to facilitate the rapid deployment of Gfast implementations.

The council brings together service providers, equipment makers, silicon providers and software companies with the aim of accelerating the adoption of Gfast.

Broadband Forum chief executive Robin Mersh said the Gfast Council would inform the market through events, white papers, use cases and other resources.  

“Consumers want ultrafast broadband speeds and they want them immediately. In many cases, Gfast offers service providers the best chance to meet this requirement. The Council will be the center of expertise in Gfast and as such will work to show how Gfast fits into the bigger gigabit broadband picture covered by the Forum’s work.”  

“Gfast has become an essential tool for service providers,” said Michael Weissman, chair of the Gfast Council.

“The Gfast Council combines the collective intelligence of 150 members of the Broadband Forum to make the rollout of Gfast deployments faster and more successful.”  

Gfast is the new gigabit broadband access technology that deploys faster by extending fibre to existing wiring infrastructure, and the Broadband Forum says its Gfast tests carried out at its test laboratory at the UNH-IOL were in accordance with the Forum’s IR-337 certification test specification, reducing costs and accelerating time-to-revenue.  

“Interoperable standardised Gfast technology is key because it underpins an ability to deliver next generation ultrafast broadband at scale,” said Kevin Foster, general manager, architecture and innovation for BT.

“Certification to the Broadband Forum’s Gfast requirements provides a known level of confidence and will reduce test time for both network operators and their communication provider customers.”

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