There's a broad range of views around the telecom sector about the need to introduce support for IPV6 addresses in the near future, but at the Broadband Forum it's a straightforward issue -- the members are showing "urgency" around the issue, with timetables the only flexible metric.
"There's a strong consensus among the members" regarding the need for IPV6 guidelines, says Tom Starr, president and chairman of the Broadband Forum (and a lead member of technical staff at AT&T Labs ) during a recent interview with Light Reading.
The Forum's CEO, Robin Mersh, says the members have "asked for IPV6 work to be prioritized." As a result, the Forum is working with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to create a solution for the implementation of IPV6, he adds.
So what are the other hot issues for the Forum's members? Starr and Mersh highlighted the following as being in particular demand:
MPLS-TP: In response to demand, the Forum has created a working group that's looking at the potential uses of MPLS-TP, the emerging standard for connection-oriented packet transport. But what about PBB-TE -- is there a working group for that technology? "We haven't looked at PBB-TE -- we are contribution driven," says Starr, stressing that the Forum's focus areas are determined by requests from the members. (See Rumor: T-MPLS Group Gets Shouted Down and MPLS-TP Delays Keep T-MPLS Alive.)
Applications management: The Forum's TR-69 specification is widely used in the development of remote CPE management tools, but now there's a need to expand its remit to reach beyond the home gateway and into the home, especially with regard to the remote management of specific applications.