Home Gateway Initiative to Shut Down in 2016

Rarely do organizations established to solve some particular industry problem abolish themselves once they have succeeded. That will not be the case for The Home Gateway Initiative (HGI), an organization founded in 2004 by nine European telcos to set home gateway standards.

HGI will cease operations in 2016.

HGI was established to create standards for consumer home gateways supporting triple play services.

Belgacom, BT, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, KPN, Teliasonera, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), Telefonica, Telecom Italia) in December 2004.

Among the key aims were the creation of home gateway specifications, boosting take rates of triple play services and Improving gateway interoperability with home devices.

Among final acts, HGI published new requirements for improving the reliability and range of Wi-Fi networks using both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequencies.

The new document, ‘RD-045: Wi-Fi requirements for Home Gateways - Automatic Channel Selection (ACS) and Repeaters’, improves the clarity of ACS requirements.

HGI’s new requirements for the Home Gateway aim to make ACS implementations more consistent and effective in selecting the appropriate Wi-Fi channels in the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands. Interference is another issue discussed.

The second challenge addressed by these requirements is how to extend the coverage of Wi-Fi networks without cabling.

The document also specifies Wi-Fi repeater support for the WPS push button and functions.
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