Home Gateway Initiative

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The Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) is nonprofit trade organization to discuss the key specifications and standards of residential gateways, also known as home gateways.

It was founded by telephone companies (Belgacom, BT, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, KPN, Teliasonera, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), Telefonica, Telecom Italia) in December 2004.

Several manufacturers[which?] also joined the alliance. HGI's aims included:

  • Release specifications of the home gateway.
  • Boost the market of home communication services to the millions of customers served by its founding members.
  • Improve the interoperability of gateways with home devices.

HGI intended to build on work of other standards bodies such as the Broadband Forum, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) and Open Services Gateway initiative (OSGi) Alliance. The initiative made an agreement with the Telecommunication Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) in 2006.[1]

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