Broadband Forum BroadbandSuite 6.1 targets DSL broadband networks

April 29, 2013
The Broadband Forum used last week’s DSL Acceleration event in Paris to unveil BroadbandSuite 6.1, a “superfast broadband toolkit” designed to simplify the deployment of high-speed broadband services over xDSL networks.

The Broadband Forum used last week’s DSL Acceleration event in Paris to unveil BroadbandSuite 6.1, a “superfast broadband toolkit” designed to simplify the deployment of high-speed broadband services over xDSL networks.

BroadbandSuite 6.1 is designed to enable operators to better architect a standards-based network design. It comprises several Broadband Forum technical specifications and whitepapers that cover implementation, functional and performance test plans, and best practices for DSL quality assurance. The test plans enable greater interoperability and consistent multiservice delivery in the field, the forum asserts.

The suite includes the following technical specifications:

  • TR-114i2: “VDSL2 Performance Test Plan”
  • TR-115i2: “VDSL2 Functionality Test Plan”
  • TR-273: “Testing of Bonded Multi-pair Systems”
  • TR-286: “Testing of MELT Functionality on xDSL Ports”
  • TR-188i2: “DSL Quality Suite”

The suite’s whitepapers include MR-180, “IPTV over DSL Anywhere”; MR-257, “An Overview of G.993.5 Vectoring”; and MR-261, “IPTV Home Networking Series: Splitters.”

The forum asserts that BroadbandSuite 6.1 “sets the bar” for ADSL2plus and VDSL2 function and performance. It also defines vectoring and bonding options for DSL and describes methods for improving quality measurements, IPTV service delivery, and techniques for DSL network management.

“BroadbandSuite 6.1 gives operators a way to boost their existing copper deployments as a valuable part of the multi-access platform that is emerging around the world,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum. “High speed VDSL2 works well with fiber, providing operators the ability to capitalize on existing investments whilst effectively engineering hybrid FTTx solutions to minimize costs, all the while maximizing speed and reach of their superfast broadband networks.”

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