Interop Demo Pushes Forward

UNH-IOL is hosting the first major interoperability demo for this week at BBWF, with vendors including Calix and Huawei.

Brian Santo, Senior editor, Test & Measurement / Components, Light Reading

October 18, 2016

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Interop Demo Pushes Forward

Notwithstanding the eagerness of several operators worldwide to deploy to accelerate the DSL services they offer, there is still technological business to address. One of those orders of business is assuring that products based on different chipsets can all work together.

To that end, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (IOL) is hosting a multivendor interoperability demonstration during this week's Broadband World Forum (BBWF) in London.

Participants include Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , who are contributing testing demarcation point units (DPU), as well as Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; NYSE: TCH), which is demonstrating customer premises equipment (CPE). The interop at BBWF will be the first public demonstration of the interoperability of these products.

The DPUs and CPE are based variously on chipsets from Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM), Metanoia Communications and Sckipio Technologies .

Those three were left to duke it out after Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) in August folded Ikanos, which Qualcomm had purchased a year prior in large part for Ikanos's expertise.

Digital Lightwave Inc. (owned by VeEX Inc. ) and Telebyte, meanwhile, are contributing test systems for the interop testbed.

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Digital Lightwave is providing a multiprotocol analyzer (MPA), which generates and analyzes the Ethernet/IP traffic through the link. In addition, it supports single and multiple device testing with the ID-337 frame size distribution, VLAN tags, and counters to run the automated ID-337 test plan to verify data rate performance. (ID-337 is the Broadband Forum's designation for its test framework.)

"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.

Telebyte is providing a noise generator, noise injector, digital analyzer, test jig and cable farm automation switch.

Michael Breneisen, president of Telebyte, says, "If the service providers know they will have the equipment they need to test -- and see proof the technology is maturing -- they are much more likely to take the next steps."

Kevin Foster, general manager of CPE and access for BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), a notable advocate of, contributed the following statement: "Communication Providers need attractive in-home and standards-based solutions that their end customers can self-install." (See in the Spotlight)

In tandem with the demonstration, UNH-IOL will be showing some live testing during the demo, based upon the forthcoming certification program.

— Brian Santo, Senior Editor, Components, T&M, Light Reading

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Brian Santo

Senior editor, Test & Measurement / Components, Light Reading

Santo joined Light Reading on September 14, 2015, with a mission to turn the test & measurement and components sectors upside down and then see what falls out, photograph the debris and then write about it in a manner befitting his vast experience. That experience includes more than nine years at video and broadband industry publication CED, where he was editor-in-chief until May 2015. He previously worked as an analyst at SNL Kagan, as Technology Editor of Cable World and held various editorial roles at Electronic Engineering Times, IEEE Spectrum and Electronic News. Santo has also made and sold bedroom furniture, which is not directly relevant to his role at Light Reading but which has already earned him the nickname 'Cribmaster.'

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