FREMONT, Calif. – Broadband Forum today launched its User Services Platform (USP) Agent Certification Program, providing assurance and confidence for service providers and consumer electronics companies looking to generate new revenues from Internet of Things (IoT) services, cloud-based business models, and Wi-Fi and security management.
In a significant step forward for the Connected Home market that signals industry readiness, the USP Agent Certification Program is Broadband Forum's first to use a self-certification model – allowing companies to cost-effectively test any broadband or consumer connected device against the Conformance Test Plan for User Services Platform Agents (TP-469) standard.
This will greatly accelerate interoperability by streamlining companies' ability to perform repeatable, automated testing on their own while preserving the integrity of the results and overall value of certified products by testing against rigorous standards.
Companies can self-test their products using an accredited test tool, which provides secure results for validation by a Broadband Forum approved laboratory or can submit products directly to the approved laboratory for testing. Products that have been validated will be recognized with a logo and certification ID and posted on Broadband Forum's product registry website along with a list of the product's supported features.
The CDRouter automated test solution from QA Cafe begins the program as the first approved tool, and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) as the first approved test agency, with additional labs expected to join the program in the coming weeks. As part of the activities of the first approved test agency, UNH-IOL has validated the test specification and tool against Broadband Forum’s open-source reference implementation (OB-USP-Agent) and other commercial implementations from multiple companies. CommScope's ECO Envoy 2.0 is the first commercial product to be certified.
Over the next two years, approximately 60% of service providers (both large and small) will adopt virtualization on a wide scale across their networks, according to the latest survey report from Ovum. Why are providers making these moves? Is there an easy way to start?
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