Continuing its efforts to support operators' implementations of standardized, open source technologies, Broadband Forum on Thursday published a standard for distributed virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE) and unveiled new Open Broadband projects designed to simplify cloudification of broadband networks.
The virtual Business Gateway (vBG) specification (TR-328) enables SD-WAN technology by accelerating operators' delivery of next-generation standardized, carrier-class and interoperable business services, according to the
Broadband Forum. These include enterprise-class firewalls and wide-area networks, for example.
Completing vBG coincides with Broadband Forum's start on software projects for Open Broadband, as well as recent advances on its CloudCO project.
"As operators look to transform their networks with greater use of software and virtualization, demand for solutions, such as the vBG and CloudCO, with these associated reference implementations and APIs is growing -- the market is now ready for standards-based software deliverables for open broadband, said Robin Mersh, CEO of Broadband Forum, in a statement.
Because vBG virtualizes some of a business gateway's functionality into a flexible hosting environment -- whether it's on an operator's network, on-prem or a hybrid approach -- it eliminates the need for specialized hardware devices for remote sites. Customers use a portal to self-provision new services, or operators can remotely decommission unwanted options and upsell value-added services.
The Forum also unveiled Broadband Access Abstraction Open Source, designed to address the architecture, design and software necessary to support the virtualization of access device functionality. It also enables an open, interoperable unified management interface for multiple vendors' access equipment, according to the forum.
Operators and their vendor partners are spearheading both new software projects, the first open source initiatives the forum has undertaken.
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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