Broadband Forum and UNH-IOL expand Gfast certification to include highly anticipated 212 MHz technology

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Fremont, California, 12 March 2019: The first five devices to have successfully completed Broadband Forum’s and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory’s (UNH-IOL’s) new 212 MHz Gfast certification program were revealed today, representing an important landmark for operators looking to deliver enhanced gigabit services over copper.

Carried out by Broadband Forum’s approved Gfast test laboratory, the UNH-IOL, the certification demonstrates interoperability between 212 MHz Gfast products, indicating market readiness for multi-vendor deployment – a primary factor for mass market deployment.

The current Gfast certification program tests bit rates up to 1.45 Gbps, and Broadband Forum is developing further specifications which are expected to test performance at even higher bit rates.

“Delivering higher performance and gigabit speeds over a wider range of deployment scenarios, 212 MHz Gfast holds huge potential for operators,” said Geoff Burke, Chief Marketing Officer at Broadband Forum. “Demonstrating interoperability through Broadband Forum’s certification program gives operators confidence that the technology can be delivered at scale, reducing test time and accelerating mass deployment.”

The first companies to achieve the 212 MHz Gfast certification after working with Broadband Forum and the UNH-IOL are ADTRAN, Intel, NetComm, and Nokia. Certified devices are publicly listed as part of the Broadband Forum’s program here. This will be updated when additional devices are certified.

The 212 MHz Gfast certification builds on the Gfast certification program run by Broadband Forum and the UNH-IOL, asking vendors’ products to meet higher performance requirements. The testing is carried out over distances of up to 400 meters.

“Operators are well-versed in the benefits of Gfast which enables ultra-fast speeds to the underserved Multi Dwelling Unit (MDU) market and is a powerful complement to fiber network buildouts,” said Lincoln Lavoie, Senior Engineer at UNH-IOL. “The advent of 212 MHz Gfast takes these services over copper to another level, aligning the copper service offerings with those of full fiber and further simplifying the operations of broadband networks. This new certification program will help operators deploy this new groundbreaking technology quickly and more cost-effectively.”