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.
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