Following its meeting on 5 October 2011 the Next Generation Access Forum (NGA Forum), which consists of experts from the telecommunications sector and is headed by the President of the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), published a detailed concept for how network operators and service providers can use newly-established fibre networks with other operators and be granted access to outside networks. Although the documents are not legally binding in a strict sense, they shall promote cooperation in the interests of the parties. The specifications for a broadband access product that the FGA Forum has now agreed on are for so-called Level-2 bitstream access. The specifications define the technical and operational interfaces, along with the key business processes necessary for interoperation. The specifications are neutral in terms of access architectures and technologies. They set out the basic structures, models, protocols, parameters etc for interoperation. They also aim to offer NGA operators and providers of end customer NGA products with descriptions of the processes needed for cooperation in wholesale products that are uniform and as simple as possible.

Further information is available at:

http://www.bundesnetzagentur.de/SharedDocs/Downloads/EN/BNetzA/PressSection/PressReleases/ 2011/111013NGAForumSpecification.pdf?__blob=publicationFile