broadbandforumAiming to facilitate the ability of broadband network operators to leverage existing infrastructure and keep up with burgeoning network traffic, the Broadband Forum just released BroadbandSuite 6.1, a tool suite “that gives service providers the tools required to provide the speed and stability needed to effectively deliver superfast broadband services such as IPTV.”

According to the Broadband Forum press release, highlights of the comprehensive new release include:

  • Broadband 6.1 empowers operators to enhance DSL deployments to effectively deliver superfast broadband services
  • Improves quality measurement for DSL management, architecture and network requirements
  • Enhances global testing standards for VDSL2

“BroadbandSuite 6.1 gives operators the ability to better architect a standards-based network design. The test plans forge greater interoperability and consistent multiservice delivery in the field,” Broadband Forum states. “Overall BroadbandSuite 6.1 provides the tools necessary for service providers to leverage copper deployments into high speed DSL access, making it a valuable player in today’s converged superfast broadband network.

Technical specifications for Broadband Suite 6.1’s practical implementation resources, functional and performance test plans and best practice specification for DSL quality assurance include:

  • TR-114i2: VDSL2 Performance Test Plan
  • TR-115i2: VDSL2 Functionality Test Plan
  • TR-273: Testing of Bonded Multi-pair Systems
  • TR-286: Testing of MELT Functionality on xDSL Ports
  • TR-188i2: DSL Quality Suite

The Broadband Forum hopes BroadbandSuite 6.1 helps telco broadband service providers enhance ADSL2plus, especially in the face of growing competition from cable company DOCSIS 3.0 broadband services. The tool kit also addresses VDSL2 function and performance and defines vectoring and bonding options for supercharging DSL, key methods for improving quality measurements, and IPTV service delivery and techniques for DSL network management.