Broadband Forum launches certification program

The Broadband Forum has announced a certification program that is meant to sped up the introduction of broadband services world wide.

The program, which comes with a logo (pictured), will verify adherence to critical IP/MPLS, broadband and digital home/business specifications.

The idea of the program is to assure service providers that different products meet the Broadband Forum's standards, save equipment maker and operators money by offering a single industry-approved test and certification process, and ease interoperability.

The first certifications from the program will cover MPLS based solutions and services.

“The increase of mobile data traffic is putting a lot of challenges on mobile backhaul to provide the required capacity in a cost-effective way," said Alain Maloberti, VP, network architecture and design for Orange. "We see MPLS as a viable option for meeting this challenge, and believe this certification program will advance the deployment of MPLS-based backhaul solutions in the market.”

The Broadband Forum MPLS Certification will be the first of its kind, and will test a product's conformance to the architectures and protocols required to implement MPLS. It  includes three certifications, for circuit emulation services, ATM and soon IP and Ethernet.

Five companies have already passed a pilot version of the certification program: Alcatel-Lucent, Axerra, Cisco, Huawei and Juniper.

The Broadband Forum has authorised Iometrix, a testing authority, to do the testing.

Bob Mandeville, president and founder of Iometrix, said: “For vendors, the key is the ability to verify conformance in a single round of tests that is recognised by service providers worldwide. We really see this adding value to the industry as a whole."

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