Certification program for G.hn copper broadband

January 12, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Certification program for G.hn copper broadband
The HomeGrid Forum and the GiGAWire Alliance have launched a certification scheme for G.hn gigabit broadband access equipment.

The G.hn program has been launched in response to network operators expressing an urgent need to deploy interoperable G.hn equipment in their broadband access networks. It will accelerate the development of network solutions based on ITU-T G.hn standards and follows on from HomeGrid Forum’s current world-renowned certification program, to guarantee strict compliance and interoperability of GiGAWire products, reducing the time to market.

“Our new organization is dedicated to guaranteeing end-to-end coexistence and interoperability at all levels of broadband access technology. As part of this we are delighted to unveil our newest certification process and are now encouraging technology vendors to start submitting their applications, so we can support the continued development of advanced networking solutions that ensure a reliable, versatile backbone,” said Livia Rosu, Marketing Work Group Chair at HomeGrid Forum.

The technology will build on the existing work by the GiGAWire Alliance, which means it is now possible to support multiple users through bundle cabling via crosstalk mitigation and auto pairing features.

This new effort will also encourage service providers to use existing copper wiring within buildings, such as phone lines and coaxial cables, to deploy broadband at a fraction of the cost of traditional Fibre To The Home (FTTH) deployments.

“With the GiGAWire solution improving internet speeds up to 10 times over VDSL in the premises environment, where optical fiber cannot be deployed for technical or historical preservation reasons, this new effort will deliver huge benefits,” added Rosu. “As innovations continue to emerge, we will also expand our technical and marketing support across a widening portfolio of industries such as IoT, Smart Grids and GiGAWire MDUs, to provide the best connectivity to meet the needs of our changing world.”

Having first announced the news of the collaborative effort in October 2019, both organizations have been working closely together ever since to strengthen the ongoing development of broadband access technology with both G.hn and GiGAWire MDUs.

The first GiGAWire test event is planned for March 2021.


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