CEA and Carriers Partner on PlugFest For Network and IoT Compatibility

Major broadband and CE companies vet IPv6 implementations together

Arlington, VA, May 6th, 2015 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced the successful completion of the first IPv6 PlugFest to combine carriers, consumer electronics (CE) companies and industry groups - enabling CE manufacturers to test their devices with the carrier networks and the customer premise equipment supplied to millions of American homes. For the technical event, CEA partnered with AT&T, Comcast, Verizon Wireless, the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), and UPnP Forum.

This edition of PlugFest focused on interoperability for IPv6, an enabling technology of the Internet of Things (IoT) that allows applications, devices and servers to find and communicate with each other. IPv6 is an IETF-approved specification that is not yet deployed by all CE or IoT products, but is becoming increasingly important as the Internet continues to grow and IPv4 - an older technology - runs out of address space.

"This kind of event is essential to resolve the myriad of small details needed for true, efficient interoperability," said Brian Markwalter, senior vice president of Research & Standards, CEA. "CEA PlugFests for other technologies, like HDMI and mobile TV, help companies ensure smooth operation of a product when the consumer plugs it in. And we're excited to see so many companies come together to take advantage of this opportunity, and investigate and ensure their compatibility with such an important underlying technology."

The participating companies in the IPv6 PlugFest include a variety of large and small brands including smart TV makers, network equipment makers and device makers. CEA, which has produced nearly two dozen PlugFests for HDMI and mobile TV, organized the event with the help of venue host AT&T, and Comcast and Verizon Wireless.

"We were delighted to host an event like this," said Barbara Stark, lead member of technical staff, AT&T. "As the Internet transitions from IPv4 to IPv6, interoperability is not guaranteed, and industry cooperation is crucial."

"It's great to see industry coming together like this," agreed John Brzozowski, Chief Architect, IPv6 and Fellow, Comcast. "The future of the Internet will be built on IPv6, and we're seeing more and more companies getting on board."

In addition, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) arrived with the IOL INTACT IPv6 test tool to help participants verify their products and prototypes against specifications.

Interoperability testing with UPnP via IPv6 was provided by CableLabs, a member of UPnP Forum. UPnP Forum has supported IPv6 for more than 10 years, but has recently released a conformance test tool along with an updated version of its Annex A (for IPv6 support) as a part of the UPnP Device Architecture version 2.0.

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About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $286 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at CE.org, DeclareInnovation.com and through social media: CEA Social Media

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