CableLabs recently launched a couple of programs aimed at bandwidth management and cable business to business. The Bandwidth Modeling and Management Vendor Forum will establish a venue where CableLabs members can discuss upcoming bandwidth modeling and management requirements with vendors. This forum will also provide a place where vendors can meet with members to discuss bandwidth management practices and new system capabilities.
The Cable B2B program is an initiative to create specifications supporting the automation of regular, day-to-day business communication between cable system operators and Internet content providers, including ASPs and ISPs.
The Bandwidth Modeling and Management Vendor Forum is part of an existing CableLabs project aimed at identifying and developing vendor products that allow cable companies to model and manage bandwidth utilization of cable-based network services. The network-based services considered include audio, video, high-speed data and telephony.
CableLabs and its members intend to work closely with technology suppliers to develop bandwidth modeling and management solutions that can assist cable operators in delivering cable-based services with carrier-grade quality solutions.
CableB2B specifications will cover portions of the business interface between cable operators and providers of services deliverable over the cable plant, through cable modems, advanced set-top boxes, and other technologies. CableLabs is developing the specifications with a large vendor group, which includes industry leaders in automated provisioning, network management, billing and customer care.