UNH-IOL launches Home Networking Consortium

Telecom Lead America: The University of New
Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), a provider of broad-based
testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, has
launched the Home Networking Consortium.

The Home Networking Consortium will be a one stop shop
for both Broadband Forum TR-069 testing and IPv6 CPE Ready Logo

Broadband industry will benefit as the initiatives of the
consortium are expected to reduce time to market for customer premise equipment
(CPE), and ensures service providers that devices in the home connect to the
networks of the future and are able to be managed for exceptional customer
service once they are connected.

The UNH-IOL is the world’s only official laboratory for
all Broadband Forum TR-069 testing and is the only approved laboratory for IPv6
CPE Ready Logo testing in North America.

At the forefront of new technologies, we launched the
Home Networking Consortium envisioning a world when every device manufactured
for the home can easily be brought online and managed remotely by the resident
or provider as needed. In the future these devices may support home energy
management, climate control, or security systems, but today the focus is on
devices that facilitate telecommuting and home entertainment,” said Erica
Johnson, Director of the UNH-IOL.

In the Home Networking Consortium, CPE vendors will
tackle two transformative technologies for the connected home – TR-069 and IPv6
– while saving time and costs testing products for both technologies in the
same consortium.

Adhering to the TR-069 protocol for CPE, operators can
remotely monitor performance, manage, and upgrade many connected devices in the
home, ensuring quality of service and improving customer relationships by
providing additional support.

Adhering to the TR-069 protocol also ensures that CPE
will work with other devices in the home. For example, the set top-box from one
manufacturer will connect to a HDTV from a different manufacturer without any

Beginning the week of July 2, 2012 members of the Home
Networking Consortium can pre-test CPE in compliance with the Broadband Forum
TR-069 Conformance Test Suite. Non-member companies can pre-test a single CPE
device using the UNH-IOL’s pay per test option. These devices include broadband
gateway devices, home routers, IPTV set-top boxes, VoIP phones, femtocell
access points, and network attached storage devices.

The official Broadband Forum TR-069 global certification
program is underway. When launched, this will be the only program in the
broadband industry that will certify TR-069 in CPE. Products pre-tested at the
UNH-IOL are more likely to receive official certification from the Broadband
Forum the first time they are put through the Broadband Forum TR-069 global
certification program. Certification is proof that CPE vendors meet operator
and service provider requirements for compliance to standards.

The UNH-IOL’s leadership in TR-069 testing, coupled with
its collaborative nature and experience hosting interoperability test events in
partnership with the Broadband Forum, led to our selection of the UNH-IOL as
the official test laboratory for the TR-069 global certification program, the
industry standard for CPE compliance to TR-069,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of the
Broadband Forum.

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