Simplified adoption of software-defined access networks took a stride forward this week with the debut of the Broadband Forum's Broadband Access Abstraction (BAA) project, spearheaded by Nokia.
The project -- part of an overall move by the communications sector to adopt open source, standards and interoperability to accelerate, reduce costs and transform the industry -- seeks to "define a software reference implementation for an open BAA layer, which would eliminate dependencies on vendor-specific equipment and proprietary software functions by providing standardized interfaces and decoupling implementation from the underlying hardware," according to the Forum.
"Open source software is a powerful tool that can make us more efficient as an industry. By opening and standardizing the common, generic part of the network software, we avoid the need to rewrite that same software for every technology, every vendor and every node," said Federico Guillén, president of Fixed Networks Business Group at Nokia, in a statement.
Because it uses open source code and is aligned with BFF standard data models, it will give service providers common management functionality that empowers them to more easily operate multi-vendor, multi-technology access networks without costly, time-consuming interoperability headaches. This allows service providers and vendors to focus more on research and development, innovation and services.
"By aligning open source code to industry specifications, the Forum can effectively collaborate with the open source community to aid in development and testing," said Robin Mersh, BFF CEO in the release.
This project falls under BFF's Open Broadband program, which offers vendors and service providers a way to integrate and test broadband-related services such as ultra-fast, network functions virtualization, SDN, 5G and Internet of Things in partnership with the open source community using DevOps and agile processes.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
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In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
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