Verizon’s annual NEBS meeting in Baltimore, Maryland with ITL Labs was last week, and MET Labs’ NEBS guru Troy Franklin was there. Following are highlights from his notes.
NEBS Personnel Changes
Verizon NEBS Program Head Howard Davis has exited the NEBS group, assuming leadership of Verizon’s Optical Systems Testing team in Baltimore.
Andy Marquis, from Verizon’s Waltham, Massachusetts office, is now heading the NEBS group.
Todd Talbot will continue to lead the NEBS Conference, which is October 23-24 in Las Vegas.
Product Field Failures
Verizon has been stung by NEBS product field failures, due to occasional insufficient manufacturer documentation of engineering change notices (ECNs) and product change notifications (PCNs). Going forward, Verizon will scrutinize test reports for proper documentation of product or component changes.
Data Center Requirements/GR-3160-CORE
Telcordia is inviting vendors and labs to participate in the rewrite of GR-3160-CORE: NEBS Requirements for Telecommunications Data Center Equipment and Spaces. The participation fee is $7,000.
Unresolved is whether a data center should be treated the same as a central office, or whether data center equipment should be subjected to less-than-full NEBS requirements.
GR-63-CORE Issue 4 Acceptance
Verizon now accepts the GR-63-CORE Issue 4 testing, as detailed in this previous post. Issue 4 report templates will be available June 25. GR-63-CORE Issue 3 testing will no longer be accepted after October 31, 2012.
Verizon is seeking to trim the NEBS template to simplify the reporting, and has asked ITLs to assist in devising a new format.
Energy efficiency is a priority for Verizon due to its direct effect on revenue.
Verizon has adopted the ATIS series documents for energy efficiency testing.
For the TEEER program, Verizon is considering allowing testing at the vendor’s facility due to the high cost of transporting large-scale systems to the test lab.
Verizon is working on a revision to the lead-free test requirements of VZ.TPR.9307 to make it less cumbersome and expensive.
The salt fog requirement of VZ.TPR.9307 for central office equipment is no longer applicable.
Verizon is working on a new TPR for wireless devices to be used in the central office, to test immunity of intentional radiators.
Verizon is seeing interference issues with DVRs, routers, and set -top boxes when they are being operated next to wireless devices, like cell phones and Wi-Fi equipment.
Verizon ITL Member Change
Garwood Laboratories is no longer a part of the Verizon ITL program.
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NEBS Guru Chuck Graff dropped a bombshell today, the first day of the 16th annual Verizon NEBS Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. He announced his retirement.
All the other presentations about the broadband and wireless network, smart grid, ATT’s overview, energy efficiency, and even the presentation on evaluating product change paled in comparison. Chuck’s official title is Director of Verizon Core Network and Technology, but in reality he is the Gatekeeper, Holder of the NEBS Test Commandments, and Chairman of the Board for all things concerning NEBS.
Chuck most recently told me of his intent to retire early this summer, when he and I were discussing some ITL issues. With 37 years with Verizon under his belt, this wasn’t the first time he’d mentioned it. So when I heard it, I smiled and invoked my state of Missouri citizenship card and told him that I would believe it when I saw it.
Today, when he shook my hand, he had a smile on his face that seemingly said, ‘Are there any good fishing holes in Missouri?’
Despite his planned departure, the industry will continue to remember Chuck as the undisputed champion of NEBS compliance, the one who made many understand the importance and value of NEBS testing.