Broadband Forum launches Gfast Council, certifies 6 new products

The Broadband Forum has kicked off the Council, a new group focused on facilitating rapid deployment of implementations in service provider networks. is a broadband access technology that deploys faster bandwidth speeds by extending fiber to existing copper wiring infrastructure. The Council will inform the market through events, white papers, use cases and other resources.

The Council will represent the Broadband Forum and the community Broadband Forum and at industry events such as this week’s TNO Ultrafast broadband event in The Hague. is just one of two broadband technology-focused groups the Broadband Forum has created. Earlier this year, the Broadband Forum established the NG-PON2 Council.

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

An additional mission of the Council will be to promote the Certification program, which has announced the first interoperable products, with the aim of helping accelerate the availability of interoperable solutions and expedite timely integration with service providers’ networks.

The Broadband Forum today announced the first six products to have successfully completed the certification program from the Forum and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL).

Arris, Calix, Huawei, Metanoia, Nokia and Technicolor worked with the Broadband Forum and UNH-IOL to achieve the Device Certification. Additionally, the UNH-IOL made the test automation software commercially available, which controls the Telebyte test and measurement equipment, enabling device manufacturers to easily pre-test in their own labs and service providers to easily regression test software updates from their suppliers.

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