Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Home Gateway Initiative Outlines Next-Gen Requirements

The Home Gateway Initiative (HGI), which was founded by nine telecom operators (Belgacom, BT, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, KPN, TeliaSonera, NTT, Telefonica and Telecom Italia) in 2004, has begun work on its third specification document for next gen Home Gateways.

The key features addressed will include:

  • designing the Home Gateway for IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based Next Generation Network (NGN) environments;

  • the growing need for supporting the SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) market; and

  • the impact of connecting Consumer Electronics devices in the broadband home.

Release 3, entitled "Seamless integration into IMS-based NGN service environments", will be finalized and issued in Q4 2008.

The specifications outlined in the HGI Release 1 document, "The Building Blocks for the Home Gateway", (published in July 2006) are now playing a significant part in operators' RFI/RFQs.

Release 2, entitled "Evolution of support to end-to-end broadband networks and services", are expected to be finalized and made public in Q4 2007.

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