HGI Announces NTT as a key auditor for its Largest Ever Test Event
The world’s leading organisation for defining requirements for the digital home will focus on leading-edge home gateway performance at its third annual test event
2 November 2011 – The Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) has today announced details of its largest test event to date, which will take place in the UK in November and December this year. This year’s event will feature strong involvement from NTT, one of the world’s largest broadband service providers, as well as several major Japanese home gateway manufacturers. Home gateway and technology vendors from around the world are also well represented.
The 2011 test event will again be hosted by leading global testing and compliance consultancy TRaC at its flagship test facility in Hull, UK. TRaC’s team of telecoms engineers will test the home gateways in eight categories of tests, using its in-house automated systems and multiple test stations.
Duncan Bees, chief technology and business officer at HGI, commented: “Last year’s event and the inaugural one in 2009 were both very successful with wide interest from vendors. We are expecting 2011 to be on an even larger scale, with the scope of our testing growing and more vendors participating.”
“The collaboration with NTT in the test event is an exciting development for HGI. As well as NTT, there will be auditing teams from at least four major European broadband service providers. The HGI test event is the only one in the world where the service providers set the test requirements and form the auditing committee. This gives it great credibility and enables pre-qualification of vendors’ equipment, at the same time giving an overall annual snapshot of leading-edge home gateway performance,” Bees added.
Global telecommunications company NTT has a customer base of over 50 million in Japan alone. Its service capabilities include fixed lines and mobile communications as well as internet and systems integration services.
Nobuyuki Akazawa, Senior Manager at NTT East, said: “NTT will send three auditors to the 2011 HGI Test Event. This is very important for the industry as key requirements for software modularity and other gateway features will be tested to common requirements, helping manufacturers and operators to provide the best possible services for end-users.”
In addition to software modularity, the test event will focus on performance and capabilities of the home gateway, including Quality of Service, data handling performance, IPv6 features, multi-session support, content sharing, and diagnostics. It will also test the gateway’s compliance with energy efficiency requirements.
Participants choose which tests they will undertake and once the results have been validated by the HGI auditing team, the participants can use them as they wish. Following the event, HGI will publish an anonymised summary of results. Participating companies may also take advantage of the HGI logo program for their tested products.
HGI is the world’s leading member-led organisation devoted to translating broadband service providers’ service plans into published technology requirements for the home.
About the Home Gateway Initiative
The HGI, founded in 2004 by nine telecom operators, is shaping the next generation of internet and voice services. Starting from use-cases and service needs, the HGI sets requirements for Home Gateways, infrastructure devices, and the home network. The HGI now has members from across the globe, representing the entire spectrum of players in the broadband home area. http://www.homegatewayinitiative.org/
The NTT Group has led the development of telecommunications in Japan for more than a century. The major companies that comprise the NTT Group continue to accommodate the emerging needs of the ubiquitous broadband society in the 21st century, while fulfilling their social mission in each business field in an increasingly competitive global market environment. For further information visit www.ntt.co.jp/.
TRaC is a leading provider of testing, consultancy, certification and global approval services for the communications industry. It offers a comprehensive range of telecoms and radio compliance solutions for its worldwide customer base including testing and project management services for telecoms, DSL, safety, EMC, radio, approvals, NEBS, CE marking and environmental testing. For further information visit