Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Broadband Forum and IPv6 Forum Announce Collaboration

The Broadband Forum and the IPv6 Forum announced a cooperative effort to empower the successful adoption of IPv6 in broadband deployments worldwide. The work will incorporate Broadband Forum network and testing specifications into the IPv6 Forum's Certification Program.

In March, the Broadband Forum launched its BroadbandSuite 4.0 release -– specifications that enable the integration of the IPv6 protocol into existing network and remote management platforms used in fiber and DSL network deployments worldwide. Future enhancements have the potential to enrich the user experience (supporting secure, mobile and nomadic applications) and enable the proliferation of connected user devices and machine-to-machine communications. Most importantly, this IPv6 toolkit helps service providers reduce the impact of IPv4 protocol exhaustion on their existing services while ensuring the growth of new users, devices and applications .

The IPv6 Forum's aim is to drive the development of the IPv6 Ready Certification and Logo Program, bringing together the industry in order to deploy IPv6 on a large scale and ensure the interoperability of all devices. The organization's IPv6 Ready CPE Test Plan draws on the IPv6 work of the Broadband Forum.

Both organizations are actively supporting World IPv6 Day, the industry's opportunity to test IPv6 activation on a world-wide scale, sponsored by the Internet Society. The event takes place on June 8th, 2011, and along with many other major organizations, the Broadband Forum will enable IPv6 support on its website and network. The goal of this 24 hour "Test Flight" is to motivate organizations across the industry, including Internet Service Providers, search engines, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies, to prepare for IPv6 traffic support to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.http://www.broadband-forum.org

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