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Broadband Forum in a Major Breakthrough in Cloud Native Network Costs for Carriers Worldwide

FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Operators worldwide now have the tools they need to flexibly plan and build their cloud-native networks and deliver faster services to their customers, thanks to the Broadband Forum releasing version 5.0 of its Open Broadband today. – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) open-source project.

With the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) market expected to reach $122 billion by 2027, the latest release is another milestone that enables service providers to welcome the benefits of cloudification to their networks, but equally important, it offers a migration plan from their existing networks. network investments.

The release provides new functionality to identify and authenticate Optical Network Units (ONUs) – which exist in an end user’s home or office – using policy-based authentication within the cloud network of the operator, which is essential if operators are looking to deliver a seamless customer experience.

“Operators continue to integrate their processes with cloud-native ecosystems and embrace virtualization to build and scale their networks while ensuring that these new network architectures are compatible with their existing infrastructure,” said Craig Thomas, vice-president President of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Broadband. Forum. “This news delivers on the promise of next-generation broadband, while reducing service provider costs and protecting their investments at the same time. This is a major step in deploying cloud-native networks.

Costs for carriers to integrate and deploy new makes and models of ONUs are also significantly reduced by disaggregating the integrated ONU function to the Optical Line Terminal (OLT). This added flexibility solves the big engineering and operations problem of having functions built into ONUs and OLTs and continues to allow operators to migrate their existing access networks to automated cloud-native SDN networks.

The policy-based approach gives the operator the flexibility to identify and/or authenticate the ONU anywhere in the operator’s network – from the OLT to the OSS or BSS systems of the operator. Version 5.0 also improves the ONU management disaggregation functionality of the OLT in the operator network with new features to manage ONU alarms.

With the ability for the OB-BAA platform to utilize functionality that has been de-aggregated from the traditional access node and virtualized within the operator’s cloud-native network, Version 5.0 integrates with cloud-native ecosystems such than Kubernetes to monitor virtualized functions. This also makes it possible to identify the topologies of the virtualized functions that can be used by the OB-BAA platform in the management of the access network.

The Broadband Forum and the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) will be hosting a Plugfest in the future for vendors to certify their products and ensure they are compliant with the draft version 5.0 open source OB-BAA.

For more information on the Broadband Forum and its work on OB-BAA, please visit: https://www.broadband-forum.org/open-broadband/open-broadband-software/open-broadband-broadband-access- abstraction-ob -bleat.

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