Virtualization: A team initiated work on TR-359 Issue 2, which builds on the NFV-enhanced architecture defined in Issue 1 which was designed to incorporate software-defined networks and improve management views. The result of this work is slated to head to a straw ballot in the fourth quarter of this year.
Performance Monitoring: In the third quarter of 2017, the Broadband Forum expects to publish the results of its work on performance monitoring from customer equipment to the IP edge and the related straw poll. This is meant to improve service providers' ability to monitor service level agreements and network operations.
User Services Platform: The Forum expects to release the protocol for the New User Services Platform later this year. Priority use cases are firmware upgrade capability for IoT and management of connected WiFi systems, and continued exploration of carrier-grade home WiFi or a reliable residential network that integrates multiple technologies.
FTTdp: Having published Issue 2 of TR-301 (on architecture and requirements for fiber-to-the-distribution-point), the FTTdp management Project Stream is working on the next revision of TR-35, which focuses on enhancements to YANG modules for managing ultra-fast broadband. By defining an interoperability test plan, the team is also addressing real-life interoperability challenges service providers face when connecting the Persistent Management Agent to the DPU. The Project Stream on FTTdp Management Interop and Testing agreed on the test cases, which will verify NETCONF/YANG communication between the PMA and the DPU.
Network Migration: A team created around this issue is working with the Cloud CO Project Stream to organize an operator networks survey discussion before the second quarter. In addition, the group drew up a traffic management white paper that's now available for straw ballot. Members also agreed to write another paper on different ubiquitous and performance-aware IP services.
Broadband Mobile Backhaul Architecture: The Project Stream anticipates sending a document about TR-221 MPLS in Mobile Backhaul architecture for final approval at the Forum's second-quarter meeting, with publication following soon after. The group is also exploring ways transport and IP networks can efficiently support 5G.
G.fast: The G.fast Testing and Certification Project Stream continued its work to develop a G.fast performance test plan, and finalized the feedback mechanism for an amendment related to the performance requirements for retransmission profiles. This now goes to a final ballot.
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
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