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Broadband Forum welcomes surge of new members as connectivity rises up the agenda

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The range of new members is as telling as the rise in numbers.

Since the pandemic underlined the increasingly crucial roleof connectivity, new members have been flocking to the Broadband Forum, which strives to produce global standards for broadband.

The Broadband Forum has welcomed the following in 2021: Airties, Alethea Communications Technologies, APS Networks, Ciena, General Mobile, Genew Technologies, Google Fiber, H3C, Harmonic Inc, Heights Telecom, Hitron Technologies Inc, KPN, Liberty Global, Merocom Solutions, Microsoft, RDK, Technetix, Tellabs, TP-Link, Travelping GmbH, and Vecima Networks Inc.

Sharing knowledge

Stephen Kelly, Connectivity Architecture Lead at Liberty Global said, “We are delighted to join Broadband Forum as we recognize the importance of sharing our knowledge and collaborating with other members to progress the development of open standards.

"Being a member of the Broadband Forum ensures we are ideally placed to benefit user experience in the Connected Home and play a key role in contributing to the Broadband User Services Work Area.”

Broadband Forum's recent work includes the launch of its Open Broadband-UDP Speed Test project, the unveiling of the first Self-Test Certification Program for User Services Platform (USP) as BBF.369, the inclusion of XG-GPON and XGS-PON in BBF.247, the execution of Beta Trials for BBF.398, and the introduction of Issue2 of the G.Fast Performance Test Plan (TR-380).

Connected home

In addition, the Broadband Forum also released a Connected Home report in partnership with Omdia, which was a global survey of more than 100 service providers’ vision and plans for Connected Home services.

It also launched its first ever virtual demo, which spanned Cloud CO, OB-BAA, USP, and Closed-Loop Automation.

WanXiaoLan at H3C said: “Broadband experience is becoming increasingly…important and Broadband Forum’s work brings together industry players from across the globe. We are happy to be directly involved in this ground-breaking work and help shape the future of Broadband Network Gateway disaggregation.”

Following the Coronavirus pandemic, the Broadband Forum has published to more Technical Reports, Test Plans and Market Reports than ever before.

Broadband Forum Director of Membership Development Rhonda Heier said: “The last twelve months has seen the Broadband Forum continue to make substantial strides in the most challenging times. We appreciate the service providers, vendors and influencers across the globe that are collaborating together in the Broadband Forum to drive forward our critical work in 5G, Connected Home, Cloud and the Next Generation of Access technologies.”