12th March 2019: NetComm today announced that two of its key Gfast 212MHz Fibre-to-the-Distribution-Point (FTTdp) products have become the first Gfast products in the global market to achieve full interoperability certification to the Broadband Forum's (BFF) ID337i2 Gfast/212MHz interoperability test plan.

Following independent testing by the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) NetComm’s NDD-4110 Gfast Distribution Point Unit (DPU) and NDD-0300 Gfast Network Termination Device (NTD) and have been officially certified as being compliant with the BBF ID337i2 Gfast/212MHz interoperability test plan.

Interoperability between vendors of standard based equipment is important to allow operators to choose different vendors for network equipment and customer premises equipment, thereby reducing risk for operators and increasing vendor competition.

This certification means that the NetComm Gfast devices can now be used by broadband network operators alongside similarly compliant Gfast 212MHz equipment from other equipment vendors on their broadband network deployments anywhere in the world, opening up the market and facilitating faster Gfast deployment.

The Gfast 212MHz profile enables gigabit broadband services to be delivered over existing twisted-pair copper lead-in cables, simplifying, accelerating and reducing the cost of deploying Gigabit services to end-users.

The BBF is an international industry body that develops technical standards for telecommunications products and systems focused on engineering smarter and faster broadband networks with the goal of ensuring interoperability across vendors.

As part of this work, the BBF develops interoperability test plans against which vendor products can be tested for certification as compliant with the applicable standards.

Adrian Macarthur-King, NetComm Chief Engineering Officer, said:

“This is a fantastic achievement from our engineering teams and underlines our position as a world leader in the development of Gfast 212MHz technology.

“Our engineers have worked hard alongside the BBF, UNH-IOL and the industry's leading Gfast silicon technology partners to reach this goal of Gfast 212MHz interoperability for our key FTTdp products.

“NetComm has engineered innovative products and worked closely with industry partners through a series of Plugfest events at UNH-IOL to refine the test plan, identify issues in the implementation and develop and deploy improvements to the products to achieve the highest possible level of interoperability.

“Achieving this accreditation now means that operators around the world will be able to use these market leading NetComm products alongside Gfast equipment from any other vendor that also achieves the same BBF interoperability accreditation.”

About NetComm

NetComm (ASX: NTC) is a global developer of solutions that bridge the gap between fibre and the home, device or machine. In a world where everyone’s connected life matters, Fixed Wireless broadband, wireless M2M/Industrial IoT and Fibre-to-the-Distribution-Point (FTTdp) solutions are specially engineered for challenging deployments. At NetComm we understand that no single solution fits all. Every operator, carrier and enterprise is different, so we build the right VDSL, Gfast, 4G and 5G solution to meet specific network, market and geographic conditions worldwide. Established in 1982, NetComm is a globally renowned innovator of world-first data communications technologies. www.netcommwireless.com


Tony Brown
Head of Corporate Affairs, NetComm
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