REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The newly established NG-PON2 Technology Forum announced today that several communications operators and vendors have joined its board of directors.
Established in April of 2016 as a non-profit corporation, the NG-PON2 Forum is an interest group of service providers, equipment suppliers, component vendors and analysts working toward a common goal of promoting the adoption of NG-PON2 broadband technology, which connects people, devices and technologies throughout the world.
Advanced fiber delivery mechanisms like NG-PON2 are the response to the accelerating demand for broadband services. Acknowledging this growth, the ITU recently approved the multi-wavelength aspect of the TWDM portion of NG-PON2 (ITU-T G.989 series), which dramatically increases the speeds and flexibility of NG-PON2 connections.
The NG-PON2 Forum board of directors will continue to strive to create a broad market for carrier adoption of this technology, increasing the volume of deployments and reducing the costs for both consumer and enterprise customers.
By championing the latest NG-PON2-based broadband access networks, the group aims to:
- Drive a converged optical access network architecture and FTTP market development
- Support all existing and upcoming broadband service offerings and the ever-increasing bandwidth demand
- Support and promote new applications
- Support and promote innovative technology advances in the broadband access market
- Drive NG-PON2 enhancements such as Channel Bonding and higher rate options through the standards
- Foster evolution of NG-PON2 to meet the continued need of consumers and businesses
Joining the Forum –
The NG-PON2 Forum is a not-for-profit and volunteer organization. By joining the forum, operators, technologists, suppliers and their companies gain exposure to some of the most innovative vendors in the broadband community, the sharing of ideas and the ability to help steer and optimize the adoption of NG-PON2 technologies. There is no cost to join. The only commitment is time to attend various industry events where the NG-PON2 Forum will have a presence.
Please contact Bernd Hesse at bernd.hesse@NG-PON2forum.com for information on joining the organization and/or board of directors.
Board of Directors:
Bernd Hesse – President and Founder
Bernd Hesse brings more than 30 years of accomplishments in the international telecommunication market and is a veteran in telecommunication metro and broadband access markets.
He currently holds the position as Team Lead Engagement Practices for Access, Mobile Backhaul and Transport Networks in Ericsson.
Vincent O'Byrne – Director
Dr. Vincent O'Byrne is Director of Technology at Verizon and has more than 28 years of experience in both the wireless and wireline arenas, covering diverse topics such as linearized external modulators for CATV systems and wireless planning tool design for early CDMA deployments. Vincent is Director of Verizon's FTTP Architecture and Design Group and his team is responsible for defining the access requirements for BPON, GPON and next-generation access technologies.
Michael Horn – Director and Co-founder
Michael Horn is vice president of strategic alliances for Calix, responsible for leading the establishment and execution of global alliances and partnerships. Before joining Calix, Michael was a Director of Business Development for Ericsson's Product Area IP and Broadband.
Bruno Cornaglia – Director
Bruno Cornaglia is Fixed Access Senior Manager for the entire Vodafone Group, managing all access technologies (copper, fiber and coax) by driving innovation and access network evolution for all the operators of the group. His focus has been to launch NG-PON2 trials and future deployments in Vodafone countries.
Jun-ichi Kani – Director
Jun-ichi Kani is Senior Research Engineer, Supervisor, and Distinguished Researcher in NTT Access Network Service Systems Laboratories, NTT Corporation. He has more than 20 years of experience in the research and development of optical communication systems for metro and access applications at NTT and now works on requirements and technologies for next-generation access networks.
Paulo Mão-Cheia -- Director
Paulo Mão-Cheia is the head of Unit GPON, FTTx and QoS Probing at Altice Labs. He joined the Optical Communications Group of CET, the R&D Labs of the Portuguese incumbent operator in 1991. Since then he has worked in R&D for optical communications and is presently responsible for the Unit GPON, FTTx and QoS Probing.
He is the delegate of Altice Labs in FSAN/ITU standard-related activities where he has contributed to PON standards development.
Robert Conger -- Director
As the AVP of Cloud and Portfolio Strategy, Robert is responsible for overseeing new technology development and ADTRAN's global cloud strategy. Prior to this role, Robert served a wide range of roles within ADTRAN, most recently as Director of Product Management and Global Business Development Manager.
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