Broadband Forum addresses GPON interoperability with BroadbandSuite 6.2

The Broadband Forum has released BroadbandSuite 6.2, a new initiative to establish fiber interoperability test plans for vendors and their service provider customers migrating to a GPON-based fiber to the premises network.

Building on the forum's BBF.247 Optical Network Unit (ONU) Certification program, BroadbandSuite 6.2 includes the BBF.247 and the OLT/ONU interoperability test suite. BBF.247 is focused on verifying the conformance of GPON ONU devices to the ITU-T G.998 G-PON standard and to the Broadband Forum TR-156 specifications.

This release also includes two pending technical reports (TRs): a new test plan for XG-PON1 (WT-309) and a new PON Optical Layer management report (WT-287).  WT-287, which applies to both ITU-T and IEEE PON systems, is focused on how to optimize a multiservice PON network serving both business and residential customers.

The Broadband Forum said that the new testing plan "assures that G-PON equipment meets service provider requirements for efficient network operations and high quality broadband access options."

Vendors that are building ONU products can use the BBF.247 test plan to verify ONUs against multiple VLAN profiles and functionality tests. This release also includes a test plan for XG-PON1 (WT-309), as well as a PON Optical Layer management report (WT-287).

Lantiq, a silicon vendor that provides solutions to broadband access and home networking manufacturers, recently passed the BBF.247 issue for its FALC ON GPON System on Chip.

Broadband Suite 6.2 is just one of many initiatives the forum has developed to focus on FTTP networks. In February, BBF extended its GPON Optical Network Unit (ONU) Certification Program to address vendor interoperability and upcoming generations of PON, including XG-PON, otherwise known as 10G PON.

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