FREMONT, Calif., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Broadband Forum today released BroadbandSuite 6.2, which establishes a fiber interoperability test plan and offers new options to accelerate G-PON deployments within the broadband industry. This comes at a time when fiber is the fastest growing access technology around the globe, and offers global new verification tools to simplify equipment selection and better keep up with intense market demands for stable and high speed broadband networks. BroadbandSuite 6.2 builds on the Forum's BBF.247 ONU Certification Program which is widely endorsed by major network operators deploying G-PON across the world and responds to the industry's need for interoperability to help speed the widespread adoption of fiber based networks. It assures that G-PON equipment meets service provider requirements for efficient network operations and high quality broadband access options. "Service providers need world class, market-ready ONUs and network interoperability," said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum. "To reduce the cost of fiber rollouts, providers want standards-verified fiber products. With a reliable certification program, testing burdens decrease, and more vendors can ship interoperable products, which means a reduced time to market." BroadbandSuite 6.2 is a vital resource of global test plans, including the rigorous BBF.247 and the new OLT/ONU interoperability test suite. BBF.247 verifies the conformance of G-PON ONU devices to the ITU-T G.998 G-PON standard and to the Broadband Forum TR-156 specifications. With this new release, the BBF.247 test plan now offers new options for verifying ONUs against multiple VLAN profiles and functionality tests. This release also includes two pending technical reports: a new test plan for XG-PON1 (WT-309), as well as a new PON Optical Layer management report (WT-287). WT-287 looks at how to optimize a multi-service PON network catering to both business and residential customers. It covers system architecture, use cases, functional requirements and interoperability requirements. The specifications in WT-287 apply to both ITU-T and IEEE PON systems.