Interoperability & its importance

The basis of all network technologies is interworking communications. The fundamental step therefore in introducing new technologies is "can devices, embedded processors and software communicate and interoperate?"

Interoperability is the building block for choice, healthy competition and is a prerequisite for certified compliance to published standards. It’s an applied science that has been developed by the Forum and its test partners for several decades and that begins by making the first connection and continuing with plug fests and event demonstrations such as those at the annual Broadband World Forum held in Europe. It provides an invaluable accelerator to product and service introductions continues with the evolution of product lines and services.

The advent of open source/proprietary, non-standardized solutions that are not of sufficient quality and lack of interoperability have been recently flagged as the top barriers to the implementation of NFV and supporting SDN management means that Interoperability has taken on a new and very valuable role.

Testing is typically performed at BBF accredited test labs and leverage their vast skills and experiences that otherwise would have to be resourced by equipment manufacturers and providers - even if such skills were available.

How does it make a difference?

This page shares the thoughts of the Forum members on the importance of the topic. We will be adding more shortly.
What's your perspective? We'd like to hear so please contact us and let us know

Manuel Paul of Deutsche Telekom and BBF Board member


"Bringing together key industry players' architects, users and implementers, BBF continues to be one of the key driving forces for the development of the broadband industry worldwide. Setting standards and best practices for broadband for more than two decades, BBF stands for real-world operator network deployments and multi-vendor implementations.

Interoperable solutions are of utmost importance for large integrated telecommunication companies, concerned with the deployment of large, heterogeneous network environments. Here, BBF plays an important role – helping to transform innovation into broad market adoption and interoperable solutions.

Focusing on Broadband 20/20, with a mission of promoting open standards supporting innovative services, BBF is well positioned within the industry framework of standards-setting organizations as well as open source reference implementations."

Making a difference