AT&T’s Stark Awarded Telecom Honor
Thursday, October 31, 2019 | Comments

AT&T’s Barbara Stark was awarded the Woman in Telecoms Award at the World Communication Awards 2019 for her role in the development of Broadband Forum’s globally deployed TR-069 standard, its User Services Platform (USP), and a myriad of additional contributions to the forum, as well as her contribution and leadership in other global standards organizations.

The CPE WAN Management Protocol, as defined in TR-069, is one that best illustrates Stark’s influence and contributions. Recognizing the need for the protocol early on, Broadband Forum provided Stark and others the platform and community to progress the protocol at a time when a number of operators did not see the need for it. Stark, a key contributor throughout its development, helped guide TR-069 to its current more than 1 billion installations worldwide, closely mirroring the number of fixed broadband connections, which exceeded 1 billion in October 2018.

Broadband Forum is now evolving the TR-069 protocol for the internet of things (IoT) era via its USP standard, which uses the same TR-181 data models.

“Barbara has been an active participant at nearly every Broadband Forum meeting since 1999 and a major contributor to numerous working areas and projects, ensuring her work left its mark on today’s broadband networks,” said Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh. “She is highly respected across the industry for her technical expertise, broad industry perspective and innovative approaches to networking challenges. Her longstanding and steadfast commitment to Broadband Forum, to a number of other industry bodies and to broadband as a whole is greatly appreciated and highly commendable.”

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