Aiming to boost 4KTV delivery, the global association of broadband service providers and technology vendors, the Broadband Forum, has announced support for the ITU-T ultra broadband access standard.

MemberCMYKwebThe standard has been proposed as a new way to deliver bandwidth intensive consumer applications such as 4K/UltraHD and cloud-based consumer applications. uses a mix of technology and architecture, which is claimed to increase dramatically the performance of digital transmission over telephone wires. It enables up to 1Gbps by using next-generation, high bandwidth communications technologies and by placing them closer to the home into the distribution point, where phone lines get bundled near the residence, within 300 metres from the customer premises.

The Broadband Forum has a number of programmes designed to speed up the release of services including the Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) enhanced architecture called, a series of plug-fests starting in January to ensure chip interoperability, a certification programme launching in 2015 and a series of standards to define management of related equipment.

"Consumers should have confidence that the leading broadband service providers globally are working hard to deliver 1Gbps, ultra broadband access," commented Robin Marsh, CEO of Broadband Forum. "The new standard makes it possible for telcos to deploy 4K UHD services faster and more affordably than they could with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH)."

The US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the trade association representing the consumer technology industry, also applauded the new ITU-T standard. "The hot new product this holiday season and beyond is 4K UHD TVs," said president and CEO Gary Shapiro. "But consumers need confidence that 4K UHD TV online content distribution services, which are often limited by bandwidth rates, are feasible. offers a promising way to overcome this challenge."