Broadband Forum Holds Industry's First G.vector Interoperability Plugfest For VDSL2

Broadband Forum Holds Industry's First G.vector Interoperability Plugfest For

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FREMONT, Calif., March 27, 2013

FREMONT, Calif., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Fifteen companies
met in Durham, NH, USA during the week of February 25 – March 1, 2013, to
participate in the first wide scale interoperability testing of equipment
implementing ITU-T G.vector for VDSL2.This plugfest, the first of a planned
series of interoperability events organized by the Broadband Forum, and hosted
by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), was
focused on detailed testing of G.vector functionality.

The participating companies were Actiontec Electronics, Inc., ADTRAN,
Alcatel-Lucent, AVM GmbH, Broadcom, Calix, Cisco, EXFO, Ikanos, JDSU, Lantiq,
Metanoia Communications, NETGEAR, Real Communications and Technicolor, with
the support of Telebyte and TraceSpan Communications.

Each plugfest offers an opportunity for industry leading companies to come
together in a neutral environment to test their G.vector implementations.
Testing was conducted according to the Broadband Forum's G.vector plugfest
test plan, and initial results will be provided to the Broadband Forum
membership in the coming weeks.

Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum, said: "There is no doubt that VDSL2
has a pivotal role to play in the future of high speed broadband services. It
is rapidly becoming a widely deployed technology and the addition of G.vector
functionality is helping to achieve the increased bandwidth needed for today's
applications and consumer expectations. Our role is to ensure that
implementations of G.vector are interoperable and perform well, and the
plugfest is a key step towards that goal."

G.vector provides a boost to VDSL2 data rates by cancelling crosstalk in
real-time between wire pairs in the copper access network. This allows the
equipment to operate at higher bit rates, and gives subscribers quality access
to even higher bandwidth services. The Broadband Forum series of plugfest
events helps implementations to mature, fosters cross-vendor interoperability,
and ensures that participants keep up with G.vector advancements, thereby
expediting quality rollouts of super-fast broadband services over VDSL2 around
the world.

"Our company appreciates this Broadband Forum initiative, helping to foster
interoperability and market readiness for G.vector," said Manuel Paul,
Deutsche Telekom, and member of the Broadband Forum Board of Directors.
"Broadband Forum provides a great value to the industry by continuing its
successful interoperability programs."

The next G.vector interoperability event is scheduled to take place in April
at the UNH-IOL in Durham, NH, USA. Future events will continue to assess
industry G.vector interoperability, validate the Broadband Forum test plan
parameters and confirm the common functionality of the features tested during
each event; keeping pace with the developments being made within the ITU-T
Recommendations. To participate in these plugfests, Broadband Forum members
should contact

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