Broadband Forum vOMCI Plugfest

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 8:00am to Friday, September 1, 2023 - 5:00pm


The UNH-IOL is hosting the Broadband Forum's vOMCI plugfest as a virtual event, running from May through September 2023. Testing will focus on implementations of the Broadband Forum's TR-451 vOMCI specification and products implementing those interfaces, such as:

  • vOLT-MF Software
  • vOMCI stacks
  • physical OLTs (pOLT)
  • physical ONUs (pONU)

During the plugfest, the UNH-IOL will host the cloud software components (i.e. the vOLT-MF and vOMCI stacks), along with physical equipment (i.e. pOLT and pONU devices).  Event participants will be provided with remote access to the laboratory via VPN connections, allowing participant teams to remotely coordinate and perform testing between their implementations.  Participants are also welcome to travel to the UNH-IOL to help setup, install, and kick of the testing for the event, but no specific dates will be required for such activities.  Similarly, participants wishing to only ship equipment to the lab site may do so, provided they provide the documentation required to setup and on board their equipment and software into the plugfest testbed.  Options also exist for participants to maintain their physical equipment remotely, in their company lab sites, provided they accept additional requirements on VPN connectivity for that equipment to reach the plugfest testbed hosted at the UNH-IOL site.

Participation in the plugfest is open to all Broadband Forum member companies.

To register for the plugfest, please Contact Us. The registration deadline for the plugfest is May 26, 2023.

Lab Site

The plugfest testing will be held at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory, located at 21 Madbury Road, Suite 100, Durham, NH 03824.

The plugfest is anticipated to function in a hybrid model, including both remote and on-site participants. The event is scheduled to run from June 12 through September 1, with event and equipment set up taking place during April and May. The UNH-IOL anticipates the majority of this time will be allocated to staging and integration work, with remote participation and support from the participants. 

Participants should make hotel and transportation arrangements. 

Visitor information, including local hotel and travel recommendation is also provided here.

Equipment Shipping Information

Companies shipping equipment to the UNH-IOL are required to cover all shipping and customs/duties costs. Failure to do so will require the UNH-IOL to bill the participating company for any outstanding shipping and customs/duties charges.

The following shipping address MUST be used:

University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab
Attn: Lincoln Lavoie / vOMCI Plugfest
UNH-IOL 21 Madbury Road, Suite 100
Durham, NH 03824

Tel: +1-603-862-0090

No collect shipments will be accepted, and all shipping fees, including U.S. Customs charges, are the responsibility of the shipper. UNH-IOL will NOT pay for U.S. Customs charges, and prepayment of Customs charges is required.

Please remember that international shipments must be cleared through U.S. Customs, which could take up to a week of additional time in shipping.

Technical Resources

To enable and facilitate the technical work of plugfest, the UNH-IOL will be working with participants to provide resources to the event, including local compute and PON related components (i.e. optical spliters, fibers, attenuators, etc.).  The following summarizes some of the technical resources available to the plugfest.  For specific information or resources not listed below, please contact the UNH-IOL host coordinator: Lincoln Lavoie. General information about the plugfest space is also available. 

  • Network / Internet Connectivity
    • Global IPv4 and IPv6 network address space and subnet space
    • Remote VPN connectivity (client and site-to-site) based on OpenVPN
  • On-site compute (cloud) resources
    • We will provide access to general compute / local cloud resources, including Kubernetes and Virtual Machine (VM) environments
  • General networking equipment, including Ethernet switches, Direct Attach Cables, etc.
  • PON Related Components
    • Fiber patches
    • Optical Splitters
    • Optical Power Meters
    • Optical Attenuators