Broadcast bodies unite to advance fiber broadband for Metaverse & beyond

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    broadband forum and the Fiber Broadband Association today signed a letter of intent to advance the industry with future-proof high-capacity, low-latency fiber broadband capabilities that will enable the Metaverse and beyond.

    The agreement has a common focus on broadband industry development and education on best practices, combining the Fiber Broadband Association’s strong background and expertise in fiber advocacy, research, education, member and community resources with the Broadband Forum’s technical strengths in best practices, interoperability, certification and standards.

    The Broadband Forum will leverage new relationships by raising awareness of advances in technology, standards and certification work. It will also enhance awareness and education among Tier 1, 2 and 3 operators and vendors on their mission to drive broadband innovation and interoperability benefits.

    The agreement will allow the Fiber Broadband Association’s Technical Committee leadership team to increase visibility of the Broadband Forum’s efforts across the full spectrum of fiber broadband service delivery, from in-building to fiber access networks to the cloud. It also provides the Fiber Broadband Association with an opportunity to contribute to current and future specification work and to represent the needs of fiber broadband providers within the Americas Broadband Forum community. The Broadband Forum has hosted technical pre-conference workshops at the past two Fiber Broadband Association Fiber Connect annual conferences and will now become an even more integral part of the conference.

    “We are pleased to enter into a basic agreement with the Fiber Broadband Association and look forward to the involvement and contribution of our members,” said Ken Ko, Managing Director of the Broadband Forum. “Traditionally, the largest carriers have contributed the most to industry standards, but now carriers of all sizes have a level playing field. The value of the Fiber Broadband Association cannot be overstated, as 51% of its members are network operators, and the other half represent the complete fiber ecosystem representing the supply side of the industry, including fiber manufacturers, equipment vendors, engineering consultants and deployment specialists.”

    “We recognize that achieving true progress requires a concerted effort across the broadband industry, which is why we have partnered with some of the most influential broadband organizations in the world,” said Gary Bolton, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “The agreement with the Broadband Forum is an exciting next step in our journey to advance fiber deployment across the Americas and ultimately connect all communities to standardized, ubiquitous high-speed broadband services.”

    The Fiber Broadband Association represents the complete fiber ecosystem of service providers, manufacturers, industry experts and installation professionals in driving fiber broadband deployment. The organization helps providers, communities and policy makers make informed decisions about how, where and why to build better fiber broadband networks. Its ongoing work includes best practices for deploying and funding fiber-based network operators that complement the Broadband Forum’s work on technical standards.

    The collaboration between the two organizations will be showcased at the Fiber Broadband Association’s Fiber Connect 2023 event in Orlando, Florida, August 20-23. Broadband Forum presents the Technology Deep Dives track. See below for details. fiber

    For more information on the Broadband Forum, please see below.


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