IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) Announces Formation of SIEPON Conformity Assessment Steering Group (CASG)
PISCATAWAY, NJ, Jul 18, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP), in collaboration with
key stakeholders and technical experts representing telecom and cable
service providers, system vendors, chipset vendors, and testing
laboratories today announces the formation of the ICAP SIEPON
Conformity Assessment Steering Group (CASG). A key initiative of the
CASG is the development and delivery of a testing and certification
program for EPON Optical Line Terminals (OLT) and Optical Network
Units (ONU). The certification program is based on the IEEE
1904.1(TM)-2013 Standard for Service Interoperability in Ethernet
Passive Optical Networks (SIEPON).
The ICAP SIEPON CASG founding membership includes the following
companies: Bright House Networks, Broadcom Corporation, CableLabs,
China Telecom Corporation, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Marvell, NEC
Corporation, NTT, Oliver Solutions, PMC-Sierra, Research Institute of
Telecommunications Transmission (RITT), University of New Hampshire
InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL), and ZTE Corporation.
"This conformance program allows us to envision a future where we, as
an operator, can confidently select from a broad ecosystem of ICAP
certified (and thus interoperable) EPON access products," commented
Ed Mallette, Chair of ICAP-SIEPON CASG and Distinguished Engineer at
Bright House Networks. "This is critically important to strategic
fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) initiatives where interoperability across
vendor products -- OLT and ONUs -- is mandatory."
The ICAP SIEPON Conformity Assessment Program will provide all
participants a centralized resource for testing EPON OLTs and ONUs.
This program will eliminate the need for service providers to develop
proprietary system level specifications and interoperability test
procedures. Availability of certified equipment will significantly
reduce the burden on services providers, especially those without
previous experience in FTTx.
By combining technical expertise from multiple entities to develop
test procedures and by sharing testing resources, SIEPON CASG aims to
create an efficient, affordable, and comprehensive SIEPON Conformity
Assessment Program. ICAP's approach of partnering with multiple labs
throughout the world will ensure a uniform testing methodology that
produces consistent results across testing laboratories.
"The SIEPON Conformity Assessment Program will help unify EPON
deployment models and as a result expand the total addressable
market," said Marek Hajduczenia, Chief Editor of IEEE 1904.1 Working
Group and xPON Standardization Director for ZTE Corporation.
"Telecom and Cable Service Providers globally can obtain significant
benefits from this important industry supported initiative. The
SIEPON Conformity Assessment Program will provide a reliable testing
and conformance methodology, thus validating OLTs and ONUs deployed
to the network while accelerating market adoption," commented Ravi
Subramaniam, Technical Director, ICAP. "This program will provide
end-users with a high-level of confidence in interoperability,
especially when selecting products for their emerging 10G-EPON
1G-EPON is a highly successful Ethernet-based subscriber access
network technology, serving over 100 million subscriber attachments
worldwide. These systems support a diverse suite of business and
residential services, including IPTV, VoIP, commercial-grade data
services, and cellular backhaul. The second generation, 10G-EPON,
provides the highest symmetric bandwidth among all available FTTx
solutions and is slated to enter broad commercial deployments in the
second half of 2013.
How to Join?
Entities wishing to join the ICAP SIEPON CASG may contact Ravi
Subramaniam, Technical Director, ICAP via e-mail at
email@example.com to request additional information or an
About the IEEE Conformity Assessment Program
The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) -- a program of the
IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO) --
provides programs and industry support that help bridge those
standards development activities with the conformity assessment
activities that accelerate market acceptance and enablement of new
products and technologies. The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA)
has invested in the development of ICAP through a Development
Agreement with the ISTO in furtherance of its mission to support its
standards. The foundation of ICAP activities is based on industry
best practices, internationally accepted quality systems and use of
proven test tools. Fostering the market acceptance, adoption and
implementation of standardized technologies, ICAP spans the spectrum
of today's smart grid, information and communications technologies.
To find out more about ICAP, visit
SOURCE: IEEE Conformity Assessment Program
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