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Digital Lightwave and Telebyte provide test gear for G.fast cross chipset interoperability demo

Telebyte, a specialist in G.fast Physical Layer Testing Solutions, and Digital Lightwave (a Division of VeEX), a global provider of optical test and measurement equipment for data and telecommunications networks, have announced that both companies will provide the test gear for the industry’s first cross-chipset interoperability demonstration at the Broadband World Forum 2016. Hosted by the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), it will utilise test tools from both companies and feature three different chipsets (Broadcom, Sckipio, and Metanoia Communications) used in four products. Demonstration participants include DPU vendors Huawei and Calix, CPE vendor Technicolor, chipset vendor Metanoia Communications, test lab UNH-IOL, and test tool vendors Digital Lightwave and Telebyte.

The groundbreaking event will be held at the ExCel Convention Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, London on October 18th – 20th, 2016 and take place within the Broadband Forum’s Interoperability Pavilion (booth D30).

“It is very beneficial for the industry to see G.fast cross-chipset interoperability demonstrated for the first time,” said Michael Breneisen, President of Telebyte. “We are working with companies in all the various stages of G.fast deployment and development. Testing is a critical issue and we understood early on the need for advanced equipment to facilitate forward movement. 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.”

Telebyte is providing products from its ID-337 solution group, including their G.fast noise generator, noise injector, digital analyzer, test jig and cable farm automation switch. Telebyte’s new Model 600 Series product line will be announced at the show and will be used in the live demonstration. The high performance transparent switches are designed to automate testing of VDSL2 Vectoring & G.fast technologies.

“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. “The UNH-IOL G.fast Certification lab has adopted our MPA Multi-Protocol Analyzer and Generator as part of their G.fast testing service equipment. Digital Lightwave is ready to meet the crucial testing needs of the G.fast ecosystem.”

Digital Lightwave’s MPA will be used in the demonstration. It generates and analyzes the Ethernet/IP traffic through the G.fast 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.

“Testing is essential to the success of G.fast,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum. “Telebyte and Digital Lightwave are playing an important role in the G.fast Interop demo and in moving the technology ahead overall.”

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