Monday, March 15, 2010

Broadband Forum Elects Tom Starr as President

The Broadband Forum announced its new board as well as it new President and Chairman.

The officers include President and Chairman Tom Starr (AT&T), Marcin Drzymala (Telekomunikacja Polska) and Andrew G. Malis (Verizon) holding the positions of Vice Presidents and David Sinicrope (Ericsson) elected as Secretary. Frank Van der Putten (Alcatel-Lucent) remains Treasurer.

Elected to the board were: Peter Adams (ADTRAN), Christophe Alter (France Telecom), Sultan Dawood (Cisco Systems), George Dobrowski (Huawei Technologies), Marcin Drzymala (Telekomunikacja Polska), Kevin Foster (BT), Andrew G. Malis (Verizon Communications), David Sinicrope (Ericsson), Mauro Tilocca (Telecom Italia) and Frank Van der Putten (Alcatel-Lucent). Continuing their terms on the board for a further year is Tom Starr (AT&T), Les Brown (Lantiq) and Greg Bathrick (PMC-Sierra).

Tom Starr, the new Broadband Forum President and Chairman, said, "This is an exciting time to serve as President and Chairman of the Broadband Forum. I am particularly enthused by the increased emphasis on interoperability and certification. The recent successful launch of the Broadband Forum Certification Program with the current MPLS test suite is evidence of our commitment to interoperability. This program is being expanded to incorporate the development of interoperability testing specifications for home networking equipment based on the ITU-T Recommendation, and with the excellent collaboration with FSAN, our work on GPON testing specifications is proceeding well."

Key Broadband Forum initiatives for 2010 include a Broadband Forum Certification Program using the current MPLS test suite, home networking based on the ITU-T Recommendation, GPON collaboration with FSAN, IPv6 transition, DSL & fiber access, mobile backhaul, energy efficiency, end-to-end architecture, and the TR-069 remote management work.

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