With today's unveiling of CORD 4.1, the Open Networking Foundation boosts the ability of the Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter to support all of an operator's subscribers via one open platform for multi-access cloud.
The operator-led consortium is moving toward its goal to transform the $300 billion operator edge market -- including the telco central office, cable operator headend and fixed and mobile access networks. CORD transforms operators' edge infrastructures into an edge cloud, allowing providers to use white-box hardware for physical infrastructure such as switches, OCP XGS-PON and TIP RAN BBUs, according to ONF. Operators then use CORD's base platform software to assemble these peripherals into one solution by leveraging software-defined networks, network functions virtualization and cloud, the Open Networking Foundation said.
"Heavy Reading forecasts that the majority of communications service providers (CSPs) will use CORD by 2020 to at least some degree, and nearly 40% of all end-customers (residential, wireless and enterprise, collectively) will have service provided by COs or their equivalents using CORD by mid-2021," said Roz Roseboro, senior analyst of data center infrastructure and MANO at Heavy Reading, the research and analysis sister company to UBB2020 and Light Reading.
Under CORD 4.1, one distribution supports all subscriber types, including residential, enterprise and mobile -- an advance that helps operators in their quest for one network.
CORD 4.1, which is based on open source, includes full integration of upstream projects such as OpenStack, Docker, ONOS, Ansible and MaaS; XOS for edge service orchestration and per-subscriber control, and SDN control that leverages Trellis, which was built on ONOS, as the data center fabric. In addition, the update features real-time control of disaggregated PON and RAN networks and automated continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) processes to build a residential, mobile or enterprise point of delivery.
Also, CORD 4.1 includes more than 25 open source virtual network functions (VNFs) including residential broadband subscriber management, disaggregated mobile core and enterprise VPN services.
It's also easy to customize, said Robert Soukup, senior project manager, Access 4.1 at Deutsche Telekom, in the release.
"CORD 4.1 enables operators to create custom distributions with optimizations targeting their specific market and customer base. At Deutsche Telekom, we [set up and tested a] Multi-Access CORD distribution by merging residential and mobile service VNFs into a single platform," he said.
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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