IEEE Announces SIEPON Conformity Assessment Steering Group (CASG)

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP), in collaboration with key stakeholders and technical experts representing telecom and cable service providers, system vendors, chipset vendors, and testing laboratories, announced the formation of the ICAP SIEPON Conformity Assessment Steering Group (CASG). A key initiative of the CASG is the development and delivery of a testing and certification program for EPON Optical Line Terminals (OLT) and Optical Network Units (ONU). The certification program is based on the IEEE 1904.1(TM)-2013 Standard for Service Interoperability in Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (SIEPON).

EPON a Critical Technology for Delivering Business Services

The ICAP SIEPON CASG founding membership includes the following companies: Bright House Networks, Broadcom Corporation, CableLabs, China Telecom Corporation, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Marvell, NEC Corporation, NTT, Oliver Solutions, PMC-Sierra, Research Institute of Telecommunications Transmission (RITT), University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL), and ZTE Corporation. The participation of cable companies and CableLabs, a cable industry organization, confirms that EPON is a critical technology for delivering business services.

"This conformance program allows us to envision a future where we, as an operator, can confidently select from a broad ecosystem of ICAP certified (and thus interoperable) EPON access products," commented Ed Mallette, chair of ICAP-SIEPON CASG and distinguished engineer at Bright House Networks. "This is critically important to strategic FTTP initiatives where interoperability across vendor products - OLT and ONUs - is mandatory."

Centralized Resource for EPON OLTs and ONUs Testing
The ICAP SIEPON Conformity Assessment Program will provide all participants a centralized resource for testing EPON OLTs and ONUs. This program will eliminate the need for service providers to develop proprietary system level specifications and interoperability test procedures. Availability of certified equipment will significantly reduce the burden on services providers, especially those without previous experience in FTTx.

By combining technical expertise from multiple entities to develop test procedures and by sharing testing resources, SIEPON CASG aims to create an efficient, affordable, and comprehensive SIEPON Conformity Assessment Program. ICAP's approach of partnering with multiple labs throughout the world will ensure a uniform testing methodology that produces consistent results across testing laboratories.

1G-EPON is a highly successful Ethernet-based subscriber access network technology, serving over 100 million subscriber attachments worldwide. These systems support a diverse suite of business and residential services, including IPTV, VoIP, commercial-grade data services, and cellular backhaul. The second generation, 10G-EPON, provides the highest symmetric bandwidth among all available FTTx solutions and is slated to enter broad commercial deployments in the second half of 2013.




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