In keeping faith with its role as the architect of the “Connected Lifestyle,” the Broadband Forum today announced “a comprehensive range of initiatives aimed at empowering next generation access solutions in a variety of technologies, including ADSL2+, VDSL2 and GPON.”

Speaking at the Forum’s FTTx in London, COO Robin Mersh highlighted the organization’s testing and conformance efforts and encouraged evolution of access technologies. This work  includes recent enhancements to the ADSL2+ functionality test plan, introduction of the new VDSL2 test suite, development of a new Vectoring best practices white paper, and recently added point-to-multipoint GPON interoperability abstract test development, with testing being performed in conjunction with Full Service Access Network (FSAN).

The Broadband Forum is a group of some 200 leading telecommunications service providers, network equipment manufacturers and software companies around the world, all contributing to the evolution of broadband solutions.

Also considered a critical new area of focus, Forum members are developing specifications that address end-to-end architecture evolution requirements, work focused on establishing standards for multi-service architectures that lay out a migration path based on an IP and MPLS network approach that facilitates “efficient and cost effective delivery of multimedia services.”

“Our role is to ensure that the industry has all the specifications and tools it needs to optimize networks, advance interoperability, and ultimately to capture the full potential of broadband worldwide,” Mersh commented. “These new initiatives and joint efforts will provide those tools needed to expedite the migration to the next generation broadband network.”

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