"As operators look to bring the efficiencies of data centers and cloud technologies to the network, gradually transforming it to a software-based infrastructure, it is incredibly important that we speed up standards, testing, conformance and best practice to ensure smarter, programmable and faster networks that deliver leading edge capability for operators and world-class experience for their customers," said Broadband Forum Chairman Kevin Foster, of BT, in a statement.
Through Open Broadband Labs, including the new operation in Asia, members work to accelerate development and implementation of services and applications, and simplify migration of current broadband infrastructures to cloud-based networks that leverage the cost, agility and flexibility benefits of software-defined networks and network functions virtualization. The group also focuses on interoperability between disparate vendors' products within various broadband technologies.
"Interop has been a very big card to play. It's definitely reduced barriers to market. It's definitely increased deployment, originally of broadband but now of ultra-fast broadband," Robin Mersh, CEO of Broadband Forum, told UBB2020 in an interview late last month for an upcoming article on standards and certification.
John Saw, Sprint's chief technology officer, discusses the provider's extensive use of fiber to support its 5G initiatives, which will bring broadband to rural America and supporter Sprint's renewed focus on the enterprise.
Calix has launched a line card for its AXOS E7-2 Intelligent Modular System that enables operators to more efficiently aggregate traffic from remote systems and helps to reduce capex and increase operational efficiencies.
Think about it: The access network touches every single one of your subscribers. Devices in the subscriber network are getting smarter because processing power has increased, and costs have come down. But how does the proliferation of intelligent devices at the edge affect your network? Your first thought is likely increased demand for bandwidth. True, but have you thought about how the increase in devices creates a need for a more secure network? Learn how you can simplify your network, reduce network elements and create a more secure network in the process.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.