News From The World Of Standards
Each month in this space, Internet Telephony magazine will
explore news from the world of standards and interoperability. This months
overview takes a quick look at some of the news regarding the following
standards: DOCSIS 1.0, G.lite, and WAP. If you have any standards-based news
youd like to submit, or if youd like to see expanded coverage of a
specific standard in this feature, please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also urge vendors interested in participating in ConvergeNET at Communications
Solutions Expo to contact Adam Altman of TMC Labs as soon as
possible. His contact information follows the brief ConvergeNET write-up.
Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs) announced that DX Antenna Co.,
Ltd. has achieved CableLabs Certified cable modem status. The company
becomes the 14th manufacturer to have a high-speed, always-connected DOCSIS
1.0 cable modem certified for retail sale.
According to David Bukovinsky, cable modem project leader and vice
president for Broadband Services at CableLabs, We are pleased to see the
cable modem suppliers working together to ensure widespread availability of
certified product. In this case, DX Antenna licensed hardware and software
from a previously certified cable modem supplier. The DX Antenna
implementation passed all the CableLabs-specified criteria to be classified
as an OEM of a certified modem. Once CableLabs verified that the design of
the device is identical to the certified manufacturers device,
certification status was awarded between certification waves.
CableLabs expects to see more products encompassing DOCSIS standards
submitted across the five certification testing waves during 2000. A CableLabs
Certified seal identifies products that win CableLabs approval. This seal
informs consumers and cable operators that a modem complies with Cable Labs
cable modem specification and that the product will interoperate with
qualified cable system headends. Headend equipment from Arris Interactive,
Cisco Systems, and Motorola has already been certified by CableLabs. For
more information, visit www.cablelabs.com.
Vendors Previously DOCSIS 1.0 Certified
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, 12 leading DSL equipment vendors
demonstrated widespread interoperability of their ADSL products based on the
consumer-friendly G.lite standard technology.
Significant progress in G.lite product development has been
made since earlier G.lite interoperability demonstrations For example, all
participating companies publicly demonstrated G.lite interoperability with
fast retrain. A unique feature of G.lite, fast retrain allows G.lite
modems to optimize data and voice performance in the home quickly by storing
profiles of multiple home phone line characteristics.
Another significant development is the continued maturation
of G.hs, a standard protocol that enables phone company central office
equipment and customer DSL modems to handshake, or establish a
connection. As a result, telephone companies can provide one piece of
equipment that will support G.lite and full-rate (T1.413i2 and G.dmt) modems
dynamically. The G.lite standard was approved by the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU) in late June 1999.
Interoperability Demo Participating Vendors
Oracle Corp. and Cap
Gemini, a European system integrator, recently announced plans to
jointly deliver integrated solutions for the telecom industry in Europe
based on Oracles Portal-to-Go. The announcement is designed to enable
European telecoms to draw upon Cap Geminis industry expertise to
implement an extension of the Internet and e-business to the wireless world.
With Oracle Portal-to-Go, a wireless portal solution designed to enable
wireless devices to access Web or database applications or content,
including secure e-business applications, telecom providers will be able to
launch wireless e-service programs, tapping into the potential of this
rapidly expanding market.
The two companies intend to develop, market, sell, and
implement products and services and provide collaborative solutions to joint
clients. The two companies have established centers of expertise in Holland
and France with additional centers planned in the United States and
Singapore. Additionally, Oracle and Cap Gemini plan to leverage their
respective geographic strengths in response to the global need to implement
wireless Internet solutions quickly and effectively.
At the inaugural INTERNET
TELEPHONY EXPO in San Diego, CA, TMC launched what has become a
standard fixture at all of its events an interoperability proving ground
for disparate IP telephony equipment called ConvergeNET.
TMC invites all exhibitors at Communications
Solutions EXPO Spring 2000, April 2628 in Washington, D.C., to put
their IP network products to the test on ConvergeNET. ConvergeNET consists
of a TCP/IP-based network that brings IP telephony clients, gateways, and
gatekeepers together in a proof-of-concept environment right on the
Operating on the trade shows IP network, TMCs
ConvergeNET allows each exhibitor to connect its products with the products
of other exhibitors to prove that their Internet telephony products do in
fact interoperate. In its continuing effort to provide EXPO attendees with
real-world demonstrations of technologies and services in action,
ConvergeNET is where attendees can truly be educated about VoIP
interoperability not just in theory, but in practice. And perhaps in a
small way ConvergeNET can speed up reaching the ultimate goal of real world
Internet telephony interoperability. For more details, contact Adam Altman
of TMC Labs at email@example.com.