May 28, 2015 — DURHAM, N.H.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–During the week of May 4-8, eight companies met at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) to test their latest VDSL2 vectoring equipment and software. The series of VDSL2 Vectoring Plugfest, organized by the Broadband Forum, have enabled participants to develop interoperable and deployable solutions. This latest plugfest event focused on testing systems supporting both vectoring and multi-pair bonding, which increase the available data rate for subscribers by adding one or more additional twisted pair connections between the subscriber and service provider.
ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, AVM GmbH, Broadcom, Calix, Ikanos, Lantiq, and Triductor all participated in the plugfest testing their latest designs and software. Throughout the week-long event, each CPE participant tested with each DSLAM providing time to verify and record the level of interoperability between the solutions. An event report, providing an anonymous view of the test data, will be available to Broadband Forum member companies in the coming weeks and will provide a “state of the industry” view of the VDSL2 Vectoring technology.
The Broadband Forum is the industry leading organization in the development of deployment architectures, equipment requirements, and test plans for Broadband Technologies including both VDSL2 Vectoring and the new G.fast technologies. “The plugfest test events serve a critical role in the industry, helping our member companies develop interoperable and robust solutions,” said Robin Mersh, Broadband Forum CEO. “Service providers around the world look to these events to ensure the equipment in their deployments is compatible with the state-of-the-art standards.”
Looking to the future, the Broadband Forum has projects underway to expand the scope of the VDSL2 Vectoring performance test plans. In addition to this, they are developing a certification program for G.fast systems while the ITU-T is exploring options to extend the frequency bands of the VDSL2 to include a 35MHz profile. These projects, coupled with the rapidly approaching G.fast deployments, will extend coverage of ultra-high-speed broadband connections to best fit the subscriber densities, thus providing consumers with the best possible connected experience.