MEF 3.0: On-Demand Certification Beyond Ethernet, Emphasis on APIs, Community

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The latest bundling of initiatives from the organization originally known as the Metro Ethernet Forum goes beyond the organization’s original focus to also encompass wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, security-as-a-service and possibly other areas. The new bundling is dubbed MEF 3.0. MEF 3.0, which MEF refers to...Learn More

TIA, QuEST Forum to Merge

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In a consolidation of two associations dedicated to the interests of the telecommunications industry, QuEST Forum will become part of The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). When the definitive TIA, QuEST Forum agreement is finalized, the QuEST Forum “community will become an active part of TIA,”...Learn More

G.fast Enhancements Will Support Gigabit Speeds Over Copper

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The next generation of G.fast chips will give network operators the ability to support gigabit speeds over twisted pair copper or coax wiring over distances of 100 meters or more – and chipmaker Sckipio expects to support the maximum possible bandwidth, said Michael Weissman, vice...Learn More

MEF/ ATIS Carrier Ethernet Standard Targets Inter-carrier Ordering

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MEF and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions released a standard aimed at making it easier to order Carrier Ethernet services. The new MEF/ ATIS Carrier Ethernet standard, “Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification: Business Requirements and Use Cases,” is an effort to put universal ordering mechanisms...Learn More

MEF SD-WAN Open APIs Initiative Aims to Bridge Carrier OSS/ BSS with SD-WAN Equipment

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Service provider software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) offerings could get a boost from two new MEF SD-WAN initiatives, MEF representatives told Telecompetitor this week. Those initiatives, announced today, include a white paper defining service provider SD-WAN terminology, as well as a new standards effort aimed...Learn More

3GPP 5G Logo Launched

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3GPP introduced a new logo in anticipation of the completion and industry-wide adoption of its next-generation 5G mobile broadband technical specification. To be used for technology beginning with 3GPP 5G Release 15 onward, the new logo includes plain black text, a new textured wave pattern...Learn More

In Pursuit of Next Generation FTTP, Verizon OMCI Specs Seek NG-PON2 Interoperability

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Verizon said today that it has completed what it believes is the first interoperability trial of next-generation passive optical networking 2 (NG-PON2) technology. In an interview, Dennis Khomitsky, distinguished member of Verizon’s technical staff, said the ability to mix optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical...Learn More

UNH-IOL Opens IPv6 Ready IoT Testing Lab

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UNH-IOL (University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory) announced the launch of its Internet of Things (IoT) IP Testing Services, which among other things will test products wanting to use the IPv6 Ready IoT brand, which will launch in Spring 2017. Developers will be able to...Learn More

5G Development Moving Quickly; NTT Docomo, Samsung Achieve 2.5 Gbps at 150 km/h

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A new generation of 5G development is emerging ahead of schedule as leading carriers test and prove technology in the field. Japan’s NTT Docomo is working independently, in collaboration with individual partners and as a member of industry consortia in order to launch a commercial...Learn More

Wi-Fi Alliance Touts Benefits of 802.11ad WiGig Certification

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Devices designed to meet the 802.11ad standard can now get 802.11 WiGig certification from Wi-Fi Alliance.  The 802.11ad WiGig standard aims to bring  lower latency and multi-gigabit speeds to WiFi over distances of up to 10 meters (33 feet). The Wi-Fi Alliance program aims to...Learn More

From Gigabit to 10G Services: Defining 10G PON Standards

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Much progress has been made on the next generation 10G PON standards as service providers move from gigabit services to 10G services. But what is the difference between them? The two most recent 10G PON standards are XGS-PON and NG-PON2. An overview of the two...Learn More

5G Mobile Forecast Calls for Handset Sales to Exceed 300 Million by 2025

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Much work remains to be done in order to meet the need for a common 5G wireless broadband industry standard that satisfies the diverse needs of market participants, according to Strategy Analytics’ ¨5G Progress Review – Fragmentation Likely but Diversification Possible.¨ The market research provider’s...Learn More

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