Broadband Forum and UNH-IOL Issue First Set of BBF-069 Certificates

  • Posted on: 22 October 2012
  • By: chw staff

The Broadband Forum and the University of New Hampshire-InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) have issueed their first set of BBF-069 Certificates to Broadcom, Cisco, D-Link, Huawei and Lantiq. The certificate signifies that the device is TR-069 protocol compliant, which means it can be remotely manage. With TR-069 devices service providers have a easier job of managing remote base devices, removing the need to send out service engineers for common faults.

Currently UNH-IOL is the official laboratory accredited by the Broadband Forum to issue TR-069 CPEs (customer premise equipment) certificate to manufacturers. Interested manufacturers can apply for certification through the recently launched ‘Home Networking Consortium’.

With broadband subscriptions now over 624 million worldwide according to analyst firm Point Topic and according to Ovum more than 147 million devices are manage by TR-069. Just this month Time Warner Cable selected Motorola device management platform, ‘Motorola EDGE Manager’ to manage their subscribers’ devices.

The Broadband Forum believes that BBF-069 Certification sends a clear and simple message to the industry confirming that CPE vendors meet operator and service provider requirements.  Certification has substantial advantages for all participants in the value chain, offering service providers an enhanced level of confidence that certified CPE devices will interoperate better with their remote management Auto-Configuration Servers.

"Device conformance is critical in enabling interoperability and provides the key to expediting the exciting growth and potential of connected home services around the world," said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum. It also helps equipment and system vendors reduce testing overheads, and enables them to easily market their products - increasing their ability to address a much larger market overall.

source: broadband forum