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Broadband Forum expands certification options

Posted: 20 Dec 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:G-PON? FMC? MPLS?

Members of the Broadband Forum acknowledged the non-profit organisation's achievements this year during its final quarterly meeting. These include the expansion of certification options to include gigabit passive optical network (G-PON) and TR-069 conformance, advancement of network architecture work towards fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) and the approval of 31 technical papers.

BBF.069 CPE certification takes off

An Ovum Connected Home report, published in June, identified over 147M TR-069 managed devices by the end of 2011, which is expected to increase following the launch of Broadband Forum's BBF.069 CPE certification program. The first companies with products to achieve certification are Broadcom, Cisco, D-Link, Huawei and Lantiq. Furthermore, the ITU-T's recent approval of G.9980 and official recommendation of TR-069 will help establish it as a standard remote management protocol worldwide.

Other highlights of the year include the launch of the Forum's BroadbandSuiteTM 6.0: 4G/LTE Ready Mobile Backhaul which addresses advanced mobile network requirements with specifications, test plans and best practice documentation. TR-223: "Requirements for multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) over aggregated interfaces" was approved bringing MPLS into the access aggregation space.

The end-to-end architecture work progressed towards the goal of establishing a single converged network capable of ensuring quality multi-service delivery as well as ensuring compatibility and interworking for the next generation FMC network. The latest publications include:

TR-145: Multi-service Broadband Network Functional Modules and Architecture

TR-203: Interworking between Next Generation Fixed and 3GPP Wireless Networks

TR-242: IPv6 Transition Mechanisms for Broadband Networks

TR-254: Functionality Tests for Ethernet Based Access Nodes

TR-134: Broadband Policy Control Framework

The Broadband Forum also launched this year a new working group called Service Innovation and Market Requirements (SIMR) which focuses on the early identification and addressing of future business requirements, as well as potential enablers and disruptors. Work has already started on assessing the impact of cloud, virtualisation and software-defined networks (SDN) on broadband deployments.

The Forum also developed further technical input to the European Union's code of conduct governing broadband energy efficiency targets such as those in the area of MPLS mobile backhaul. The suite of DSL Quality Management specifications are making quite an impact on measurement and provisioning practices worldwide. Building on that ONM theme, a key piece of work that is getting growing attention from operators and regulators is the Access Service Performance Metrics (WT-304), which will specify a test architecture and framework to enable standards-based broadband performance measurements.

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