ITU hosted an event to test the interoperability of products incorporating its ITU-T G.hn home networking standard, 23-27 May 2011. The goals of this first G.hn Interop event were to launch a formal test program, validate what is being defined in the test suite, and perform early tests for interoperability and compliance of chipsets from a number of vendors.
Hosted by ITU, the event was a joint effort of HomeGrid Forum and the Broadband Forum , and the first major opportunity for silicon vendors to test the interoperability of their products for the G.hn home networking standard. The event was facilitated by the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL).
ITU-T G.hn is the first global home networking standard, created to unify home networking services and devices over any wire, including coaxial cable, phone lines or power lines. The event was driven by vendor interest and the industry’s desire to test early silicon and demonstrate G.hn technology’s market potential. Lantiq, Marvell, Metanoia, and Sigma Designs participated in the week-long event that covered interoperation in the physical layer.
The advanced interoperability demonstrated highlights the maturity of the various vendors' designs and the completeness of the G.hn standard. Experts expect products on the market before the end of the year.