BSkyB signs up to Home Gateway Initiative

Editor | 05-03-2013

Giving further indication as to how it is rapidly reaching out past its traditional base, BSkyB has joined the Home Gateway Initiative (HGI).
HGI claims to be the leading global organisation representing service providers and manufacturers for the connected home and says members enable advanced in-home services through the specification of service provider requirements and technical solutions for the Home Gateway and related infrastructure.

The trade body sets requirements for home gateways, infrastructure devices and the home network, and recently published an updated specification for improving quality of service (QoS) with the Home Gateway.
The UK pay-TV behemoth will join a roster of around 60 other companies including founding members Belgacom, BT, Deutsche Telekom, NTT, Orange France Telecom, Telecom Italia and TeliaSonera.
“Sky is committed to providing the best broadband experience to each and every one of our customers, and HGI’s work on hardware, software, and test requirements complements this goal,” commented Daniel Fox, research manager at Sky. “Becoming a member of HGI allows us to both benefit from and contribute to the standards-setting that is underway.”
Duncan Bees, chief technology officer for HGI, added: “HGI is delighted to welcome Sky, a leading innovator in delivering satellite and broadband services. We look forward to Sky’s contributions to HGI’s specifications in a variety of important and timely areas such as smart home services and media gateway requirements.”