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Broadband Forum to Define Next Gen Broadband Spec
By: MarkJ - 09 March, 2009 (9:30 AM)

Ofcom has asked The Broadband Forum (formerly DSL Forum) to help develop the specification for competitive super fast next generation broadband networks. That was the message delivered at the first quarter meeting of the Forum in New Orleans last week, by Chinyelu Onwurah, Head of Telecoms Technology at Ofcom:

The Broadband Forum has played a highly significant role in getting the world to where it is today in terms of broadband usage and we would urge you to place yourselves at the centre of competitive next generation broadband access, she told her audience of more than 150 broadband specification experts from around the world.

There is a wide range of potential standards and challenging technical requirements so international technical solutions that are needed, she said. "Moving next generation access standards along now would mean the availability of a standardised wholesale access product sooner, rather than later, which would give easier access to fibre communities."

Ofcom's requirements are reportedly based around five characteristics: security enablement, QoS enablement, multicast enablement, support for flexible customer premises equipment (CPE), and support for flexible interconnection.

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