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The Broadband Forum has launched the Gfast Council to centralise and disseminate the expertise and experience of the Gfast market in order to facilitate the rapid deployment of Gfast implementations.
Gfast is the new gigabit broadband access technology that deploys faster by extending fibre to existing wiring infrastructure. The Gfast Council will inform the market through events, white papers, use cases and other resources.
“Consumers want ultrafast broadband speeds and they want them immediately. In many cases, Gfast offers service providers the best chance to meet this requirement,” said Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh. “The Council will be the center of expertise in Gfast and as such will work to show how Gfast fits into the bigger gigabit broadband picture covered by the Forum’s work.”
The Council will also promote the Gfast Certification programme, which has announced the first certified, interoperable products, to help accelerate the availability of interoperable solutions and expedite timely integration with service providers’ networks – ARRIS, Calix, Huawei, Metanoia, Nokia and Technicolor.
“Gfast has become an essential tool for service providers,” said Michael Weissman, Chair of the Gfast Council. “The Gfast Council combines the collective intelligence of 150 members of the Broadband Forum to make the rollout of Gfast deployments faster and more successful.”