The Broadband Forum has announced its new Broadband 20/20 vision. The vision is to enable new opportunities for profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies in the home, small business and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network. The innovative use of NFV, SDN, ultra-fast access, IoT (Internet of Things) and, when formally defined, 5G, enables the delivery of exciting ultra-fast broadband services, with distributed compute and storage to anywhere and any device in the home and business locations.
It enables new markets and business models for providers worldwide to deliver these services and applications, transforming the way people communicate, purchase and consume all manner of informational and entertainment content. Launching the Forum’s Broadband 20/20 today, CEO Robin Mersh unveiled the Forum’s strategy to enable a new world of broadband, featuring seamless migration to ultra-fast, agile connectivity, and exciting new roles for service providers unparalleled in the industry.
The top five areas of innovation identified and enabled by Broadband 20/20 are ultra-fast infrastructure, intelligent home/small business, seamless converged wireline and wireless networks, performance-assured on-demand IP broadband services and a personalized network experience.
“Of course, all service providers are very focused on profitable revenue-generating services but this is the first time this or any forum has come together as a community to take a holistic approach to new technologies and have them deliver real value,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum. “We are very proud of what the Forum has already achieved in its 24-year history in making broadband what it is today, but now we have embarked on a new challenge, a new opportunity and in fact the chance to create a whole new world of communications.”