March 13, 2009 -- HomeGrid Forum, the global trade group promoting the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union's (ITU-T) G.hn standardization efforts announced new members including: the consumer retailer Best Buy Co., Inc.: the Laboratoire des Applications Numeriques (LAN); the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory; and ACN Advanced Communications Networks SA (ACN). HomeGrid Forum also announced the appointment of Best Buy to its board of directors.
"The addition of a major consumer electronics retailer to HomeGrid Forum's board, teamed with our increasing membership, underscores the importance of G.hn as the next-generation global standard for the wired home," comments Matthew Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum. "Interest and investment in the G.hn standard has accelerated since the ITU's successful Consent in December. We look forward to working closely with our members from around the world on the growth and broad acceptance of the G.hn standard."
"One of the greatest challenges facing consumers today is the many incompatible technologies that exist for wired networking in the home," says Travis Misterek, senior technical manager for connected digital solutions at Best Buy, and HomeGrid Forum board member. "Best Buy supports the global adoption of the ITU-T's G.hn next-generation technology as the single wired standard for connecting devices together over coax, powerlines, and phonelines in the home."
Two of the new member companies -- Laboratoire des Applications Numeriques and University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory -- are established and highly respected leaders in the field of standards compliance and interoperability testing for broadband networking technologies. They are poised to ensure the deployment of high quality G.hn products through rigorous test programs based on the HomeGrid Compliance & Interoperability Program. Products that pass these tests will receive the HomeGrid-Certified logo, an assurance that G.hn-based products from any vendor will deliver the performance and interoperability necessary to connect computing, communications, and entertainment products in the digital home.
Working together, HomeGrid Forum members from around the world are promoting and developing compliance and interoperability test programs for the G.hn standard. These programs will simplify the development, purchase, installation, and use of HomeGrid Forum-Certified products through silicon providers, services providers, consumer electronics companies, PC companies, retailers, and consumers.
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