Operators say G-PON interoperability is key to the success of Superfast Broadband

   Operators say G-PON interoperability is key to the success of Superfast

PR Newswire

AMSTERDAM, Oct. 22, 2013

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News Highlights:

-- New report confirms interoperability and certification are key to driving
the transition to multi-vendor G-PON networks

-- Operators rank interoperability as their second most important factor,
after price, in choosing ONUs

AMSTERDAM, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report "Optimizing
the Fiber Business Case" authored by Informa Telecoms & Media confirms that
interoperability and certification are vital to sustained G-PON expansion
around the world. This is the key finding following detailed research carried
out by Informa on behalf of the Broadband Forum, and unveiled today on the
opening day of theBroadband World Forum in Amsterdam.

This is the largest research project to date on certification and
interoperability (C&I) that has been undertaken anywhere across the industry.
To gain a deeper understanding of the challenges, Informa surveyed 237
broadband industry stakeholders and interviewed senior executives at Orange,
BT, Chunghwa Telecom, PCCW, Alcatel-Lucent, Calix, Huawei and PT Inovacao. The
case studies from these interviews are included in the detailed report.

The report substantiates that the interoperability of G-PON equipment will be
crucial as FTTx services continue to grow rapidly – it's expected that G-PON
will become the dominant FTTx access technology in 2016, passing 200 million
in 2018 to equal three out of five FTTx subscriptions worldwide – and that
interoperability issues between different vendors' OLT and ONU equipment has
caused an array of problems for many service providers.

Highlights of the report include:

  oOver half of G-PON operator respondents (53%) said that interoperability
    issues caused problems related to their internal testing burden, while 44%
    reported issues with network performance issues and 41% with greater
    management overhead.
  oInteroperability (31%) is ranked number two in the operators' ONU
    selection criteria behind price (41%), with maintenance costs (10%),
    software features (8%) hardware features (7%) and number of ports (5%)
    considerably less important to operator decisions.
  oCertification is emerging as a key tool to drive the transition to
    multivendor G-PON networks, with many service providers and vendors
    confident of deriving benefits.
  oSurvey respondents said that, on average, certification could help, or has
    helped, shorten the time spent selecting and testing G-PON ONUs by around
  o2014 will see increased activity around G-PON interoperability as several
    major operators move towards deploying multivendor networks, a host of
    smaller operator RFPs hit the market, and challenger vendors look to shake
    up the market.

"These findings affirm the importance of the Broadband Forum BBF.247
certification program and TR-255 ONU/OLT interoperability test plan," said the
Broadband Forum's CEO Robin Mersh. "Establishing interoperability of G-PON
equipment is a key building block to simplifying the deployment of fiber
networks, but as noted in the case studies, there is much to be done around
NG-PON2, and the biggest challenges may well be ahead of us. This work has
begun and got a good jump-start at a recently held workshop between the BBF,
FSAN (Full Service Access Network) and the ITU-T."

For over 20 years the Broadband Forum has worked to establish interoperability
in the broadband market. It continues to develop global test requirement
documents, test plans, multi-vendor test events and official BBF Certification
Programs. This includes the Broadband Forum G-PON Certification Program, which
is an industry first and verifies the conformance of G-PON ONUs and their
adherence to the ITU-T G-PON standard and to Broadband Forum specifications.
Ten companies have products publically listed that have successfully achieved
the BBF.247 certification to date, including the recent addition of Genexis.

This paves the way for interoperability, giving service providers greater
scope to expand their high speed broadband services, as cost and time
effectively as possible. It provides vendors with the opportunity to test once
and use their certification globally, saving testing cost and time as well
when they compete in RFPs for business.

The Broadband Forum is hosting the 2013 Interoperability Pavilion (Booth B-20)
at the Broadband World Forum, which is showcasing some of the latest
interoperability advancements, testing options and new products in the G-PON,
VDSL2 Vectoring and TR-069 categories. It will highlight companies who are
making strides in superfast broadband interoperability and Connected Home
management. Attendees can stop by the Pavilion for a copy of this free

For more information about the Broadband Forum Interoperability Pavilion,
please go to http://www.broadbandworldforum.com/broadband-forum-pavilion/ or
follow @Broadband_Forum on Twitter. To download the full report from Informa
Telecoms & Media, please go to
To register your attendance at the Forum's press conference, or to set up an
interview please contact Dana Corson on +44 (0) 1636 812152 or email

About the Broadband Forum

Broadband Forum, a non-profit industry organization,is focused on engineering
smarter and faster broadband networks.Our workdefines best practices for
global networks, enables service and content delivery, establishes technology
migration strategies, engineers critical device & service management tools,
and iskey toredefining broadband.Our free technical reports and white
papers can be found at www.broadband-forum.org|Twitter @broadband_forum.

About Informa Telecoms & Media

Informa Telecoms & Media is the leading provider of business intelligence and
strategic marketing solutions to global telecoms and media markets. Driven by
constant first-hand contact with the industry, our 65 analysts and researchers
produce a range of intelligence services including news and analytical
products, in-depth market reports and datasets focused on technology, strategy
and content. www.informatandm.com

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