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Broadband Forum updates CPE management

Tue, 10/26/2010 - 8:10am
Brian Santo

The Broadband Forum is set to release a new extension of TR-069, the standard for remote management of CPE on any broadband network.

The Broadband Forum will introduce BroadbandSuite 3.2 at the Broadband World Forum conference in Paris. The organization said BroadbandSuite 3.2 provides enhanced CPE WAN Management Protocol (CWMP) and establishes a converged device and gateway root data model. It should also help improve back office billing and operations integration.

Highlights of the release include:

  • Application Management: WT-157 Amendment 3 (in approval process now). "Component Objects for CWMP" implemented alongside the pending TR-069 Amendment 3 release defines specific services/options you can manage within the device for use in CWMP managed devices. One example is the ability to recognize storage, video, and possibly gateway capabilities that might all reside within a set-top box or residential gateway and be able to manage them specifically based on each service's quality requirements. In the past, the assumption was that there was one monolithic firmware download per device, but the new reality is that there are devices with more robust platforms, often capable of downloading new applications dynamically, perhaps even from third-party software providers. With WT-157 and the new version of TR-069, service providers can make use of CWMP to remotely manage the lifecycle of these applications, including install, activation, configuration, upgrade and removal. Doing so ensures a positive user experience, improves service time-to-market and reduces operational costs related with provisioning, support and maintenance, the Broadband Forum explained.
  • Remote Management Enhancements: New TR-181 issue Two "Device.2." Next Generation Root Data Model re-designs the interface-related parts of the data model, converging device and Internet gateway device (IGD) data models into a single root data model for all devices. This new model supports options such as enhanced Wi-Fi or DSL bonding.
  • End-to-end Management Integration: TR-131 – "ACS Northbound Interface Requirements" – covers TR-069 Auto-Configuration Server (ACS) Northbound interfaces, allowing better integration of service provider back office BSS/OSS systems with ACS and enhanced automation in provisioning. Considering the dynamic "App Store"-type capabilities and service offerings coming available, it is important that appropriate billing and allowances/controls are triggered with each application or service download.
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