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July 11, 2013

Several Companies Take Part in New Hampshire Testing Event at VDSL2 G.vector Interoperability Plugfest

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

The Broadband Forum (News - Alert), a non-profit industry organization, works to engineer quicker and more advanced broadband connections. It comes up with best practices for global networks, provides device and service management tools, and helps organizations come up with migration strategy on technology.

An example of its work can be found in the recent Broadband Forum VDSL2 G.vector Interoperability Plugfest. It took place at the University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL (News - Alert)).

G.vector technology can increase VDSL2 subscriber data rates. That would help multi-service residential and business customers. G.vector will be used in new network architecture and technology under development at the Broadband Forum and ITU-T.

The recent plugfest included interoperability testing of equipment implementing the ITU-T VDSL2 G.vector technology.

The companies taking part included: Actiontec Electronics, Inc., ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, Broadcom, Calix, EXFO (News - Alert), Ikanos, JDSU, Lantiq, NETGEAR, Pace, Realtek Semiconductor, and Technicolor.

Telebyte offered testing and measurement equipment during the plugfest.

Early results from the testing will be given to members of the Broadband Forum.

“It’s exciting to see the technology evolving and maturing,” Lincoln Lavoie (News - Alert), senior engineer at the UNH-IOL, said in a statement. “The plugfest events have grown from testing the basic operation of a single pair of transceivers to testing eight pairs simultaneously, and this growth has happened in less than one year.  We are looking forward to how future events will add to the testing and are currently helping the forum draft the next series of test cases.”

“This is clearly a major step towards optimizing VDSL2 capabilities,” added Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum, in a forum statement.  “With these strides in G.vector interoperability, operators will have new tools to expand their deployment and offer super-fast broadband services to more customers.”

The next G.vector interoperability events will take place later this year at the UNH-IOL. More events will follow.

Edited by Blaise McNamee
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