The Broadband Forum has announced that six G.Fast products have completed its certification program, as the broadband technology gets set for commercial rollout.

Kit from ARRIS, Calix, Huawei, Metanoia, Nokia and Technicolor are the first to get the certification from the Forum and its partner, the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL).

The technology, which enables operators to boost the speed and performance of copper lines, is now ready for “multi-vendor deployment”, the Forum said.

According to an October 2016 report from Ovum, almost 29 million households will be served by G.Fast by 2021.

In Europe, BT, Swisscom, Deutsche Telekom, Telekom Austria and Proximus are all trialling the technology, with commercial launches expected this year.

Lincoln Lavoie, Senior Engineer, Broadband Technologies at UNH-IOL, said: “The certification represents an outstanding technical achievement with hundreds of rigorous tests of the stability, functionality, control, and performance of G.Fast systems and thousands of hours of close technical collaboration over many months between the lab and all of the companies involved.”

Kevin Foster, General Manager, Architecture and Innovation for BT, added: “Certification to the Broadband Forum’s G.Fast requirements provides a known level of confidence and will reduce test time for both network operators and their communication provider customers.”

Meanwhile, the Forum unveiled a new G.Fast Council that aims to promote the technology and the certification program via the likes of events and white papers.

Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh said: “The Council will be the centre of expertise in G.Fast and as such will work to show how G.Fast fits into the bigger gigabit broadband picture covered by the Forum’s work.”

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