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Dark Green: Firm commitments from incumbent: BT (10M), Belgacom, Australian NBN, Swisscom,  Austria, Bezeq Israel, Chunghwa Taiwan, Telus Canada, Telekom South Africa, SK Korea, (U.S.) AT&T, Century, Frontier, Windstream, Belgium, Omantel

Mid Green: Smaller carriers in Germany, Norway, Finland, Japan

Light Green: Incumbent likely:  France, Germany, 

Telebyte-Gfast-BBWF2016-320-px-wideBroadcom, Metanoia, and Sckipio chips communicate. For more than a decade, the industry has come together at the University of New Hampshire to confirm chips work well together. No standard - even the 300 pages of - covers everything. No company is likely to include everything in those 300 pages. But they have to work well in the field. A gateway with a Metanoia chip needs to connect robustly with a DSLAM with a Broadcom chip. Customers hate to be locked into a single source so demand vendors solve the problems.

Live at the Broadband World Forum, the major vendors connected their gear and a Telebyte tester (pictured.) They've been meeting regularly at the new lab at UNH; all report progress but there's still much work to do. Additional plugfests were scheduled for November and January. 

Lincoln Lavoie of UNH is The Man on DSL interoperability. 

Top Companies Partner with UNH-IOL to Showcase Live
Interoperability Demo at Broadband Forum 2016

DURHAM, N.H.--()--The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, is excited to partner up with six companies to showcase the industry's first cross-chipset interoperability demo at this week’s Broadband World Forum (BBWF) taking place at the ExCeL Convention Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, London at booth (D30). Companies include CalixDigital Lightwave (A Division of VeEX); HuaweiMetanoia Communications, Inc.Technicolor; and Telebyte.


UNH-IOL is hosting a multi-vendor demonstration highlighting the interoperability of products from the previously mentioned companies based on chipsets from three different providers, Metanoia, Broadcom, and Sckipio. There is a massive increase in live deployments of across the world and proving the importance of interoperability with help showcase equipment and solutions from top vendors.

Selected in 2014 as the Broadband Forum’s first and only official test site for the Certification Program, the UNH-IOL has worked with the chipset provides, device manufacturers, and Service providers to create a vibrant ecosystem of manufacturers and support the accelerated adoption of the standard by Service providers. Having hosted several plugfest events over the past year, this interoperability demo is the first public outcome of those events. The upcoming plugfests, scheduled for November and January will continue to the development of interoperable solutions, creating more flexible, harmonious networks which helps save money for Service providers and accelerate time to market.

Executive Comments:

“Being part of this Cross-Chipset Interoperability Demo as a CPE provider is an exciting experience for us. IOP is critical to the market, and Metanoia recognized it from day one and has been very active not only in the Plugfest organized by UNH, but also in working with some major players in this new market.” - Metanoia Communications, Inc., CEO, CT Wu.

“It is very beneficial for the industry to see that interoperability is real,” said Michael Breneisen, President of Telebyte. “Knowing there are test solutions available that are designed specifically for physical layer testing makes it easier for companies to begin or expand their efforts in this area. Telebyte is excited to be leading the industry in providing those solutions.”

“As the technology has moved quickly from pilots and lab trials to real live deployments in 2016 the interoperability work of the UNH-IOL in partnership with the Broadband forum becomes more and more critical. We are proud to be working with them to assure the successful commercial viability of in multi-vendor environments.” - Calix

“With standardization completed, chipsets available, and huge appetite from operators, exciting times lay ahead with sizeable deployments forecasted for as early as 2017.” - Karel Adriaensen, Technicolor Connected Home Product Director.

“An Ethernet/IP traffic generator and analyzer is a critical component of the Broadband Forum’s ID-337 Certification Test Plan,” said Cyrille Morelle, President and CEO of VeEX.“The UNH-IOL Certification lab has adopted our MPA Multi-Protocol Analyzer and Generator as part of their testing service equipment. Digital Lightwave is ready to meet the crucial testing needs of the ecosystem.”

About the UNH-IOL

Founded in 1988, the UNH-IOL provides independent, broad-based interoperability and standards conformance testing for data, telecommunications and storage networking products and technologies. Combining extensive staff experience, standards-bodies participation and a 28,000+ square foot facility, the UNH-IOL helps companies efficiently and cost effectively deliver products to the market. | Twitter @UNH_IOL | Facebook @UNHIOL

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The Site for gfast 230 News
A remarkable 400 people attended the very strong Broadband Forum BASE events in Berlin and Las Vegas. Trevor confirmed BT would pass the million this year. Cioffi projected “Waveguide DSL” could carry 10 gigabits a kilometer as well as a terabit 100 meters. Werner sees a 4X improvement in upstream with cDTA. Much more in next issue.

Deutsche Wants a Gigabit, Finally Realizes 50 Meg Isn't Enough
Deutsche Telekom is finally realizing that 50 megabit DSL won't make it against gigabit cable. VP Franz Seiser is blunt. "We must change radically, become disruptive and, above all, throw away things," he proclaims at BBWF. After years of DT insisting 50 megabits is plenty, we now hear "it is about Gigabit products" from DT's Robert Soukup.  
    A lucky building in Frankfurt will receive 500+ megabit service as ultra-conservative Deutsche Telekom experiments with Soukup told BBWF, "We're going to have a field test in Frankfurt with and Fiber To The Building (FTTB.) We will know by the end of the year if this is the right way to go." Hint to Soukup: Yes it is. is working well at a dozen telcos I;ve talked to.
     The details are surprising. DT is going for CORD, Open Source, Calix, and Radisys.

*** The new Telebyte Guide to Testing Gfast follows the Broadband Forum IR-337 Gfast test specification, the same used by the University of New Hampshire (UNH-IOL) for Gfast certification testing. Free download (ad) It is the best technical guide to  I have seen. Grab it. Dave

1.6 Gig in Sckipio-Calix Test
A telco tells me they are getting impressive early results from the Calix 48 port DSLAM with the new Sckipio 212 MHz chips. There still is work to do but this is encouraging. 
    Carriers want DSLAMs with more than 16 ports to reduce the deployment costs from the basement or larger field cabinets. Speed matters to the marketing side of the company; AT&T's CEO believes he must offer a true gigabit to match cable. (They've been getting ~750 megabits with first generation chips.

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Reverse Power 4 Port DSLAM for Australia
Australia is connecting 1M homes to, some with a Netcomm distribution point mini-DSLAM. It's a small unit designed for pole or pit mounting. It's waterproof, pressure proof, and temperature resistant. Their matching home modem is bittorrent friendly, with two USB ports for a hard drive dedicated to sharing.
     A reverse power unit at the customer, the NDD-0100-01, can save the cost of bringing power to the DSLAM. They don't expect many orders until the second half of 2018, as nbn is waiting for the second generation chips. Netcomm demonstrated RP with BT Openreach in August.

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Australia Makes it Official: to Million Plus
No news here. In September, 2015, I reported Australia's nbn Going This June. I reported the million home fiber to the curb (kerb?) was beginning. Unfortunately, they are no closer to figuring out where to find the needed $10B to $20B to cover the cost overruns. Instead, the parties are battling in Parliament about who is to blame.

2 Bonded 212 Lines = 3 Gigabits
Sckipio at BBWF is demonstrating 3 gigabits down, nearly a gigabit up, over two phone lines, bonded. Twice the bandwidth (212 MHz instead of 106 MHz) times two lines is fast. Sckipio does great demos; at CES, they showed first generation chips delivering almost 1 gig upstream.
    “Sckipio is pushing Gfast to astonishing speeds with production silicon,” CEO David Baum proclaims. Calix is using the SCK23000 chipset in their 48 port gig+ DSLAM at the show.

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