Broadband Forum Completes Transformation to 'Open' Organization.

Broadband Forum have announced it has become an 'open' organization--making all of its work visible to the industry. The by-law amendment was passed on 14 October and the transition was confirmed at its Q4 meeting in Panama City, Panama. The move reflects Broadband Forum's leadership in ushering in an industry-wide evolution to greater agility and transparency that aims to strike the right balance between open source and standards, further opening the whole broadband ecosystem by continuing to drive interoperability and an open market.

"Our move to an open organization is very much like the key piece of a giant jigsaw puzzle that we have been working on for a number of years, so it is fulfilling to step back and look at the significant transformation that we've achieved to date," said Robin Mersh, CEO of Broadband Forum. "That said, our evolution continues in step with the transformations taking place across the entire broadband industry. Broadband Forum is very much taking a leading role here; we are one of the first to make the shift, becoming much more like our sister organizations such as the IETF, the IEEE and the ITU. We would encourage anyone who is interested in helping open the whole broadband ecosystem to come and see the work we do in promoting both open source and standards."

Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst at Ovum, predicts that Broadband Forum's move to being open will be welcomed by players across the ecosystem of the broadband industry.

"Broadband Forum's shift to a more 'open' organization is a positive one that aligns with the industry trends," she said. "The move should be welcomed by service providers and vendors as it promotes agility and interoperability, keeping pace with the rapid changes across the communications and media industries."

Broadband Forum's transformation began at an Atlanta strategy workshop in 2016 when it committed to embracing the best of open source and standards development. It instigated new agile methods for rapid delivery of innovative software and standards to deliver significantly faster...

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