Broadband Forum Launches Application-Enabled Services Network Gateway
The Broadband Forum has launched a project that it says will “revolutionize” the business plans of communications providers.
The Communications Industry Open Standards Development Organization’s Application-Enabled Services Gateway Project is designed to assist service providers in the efficient deployment, activation, and management of third-party applications such as parental controls, Wi-Fi analytics, streaming services, and consumer security solutions on a centralized internet gateway device or other customer premises equipment (CPE).
It also aims to give subscribers such as those in the business community the ability to roll out more customizable offerings at the scale of their choosing.
The Broadband Forum’s WT-492 Software Architecture for Application-Enabled Services Gateway – Design Principles also aims to give stakeholders the tools they need to realize a secure, service-based, application-enabled ecosystem for the end user’s network. This, the Forum says, also presents an opportunity for “app store-like” or “install-on-demand” functionality for end-user services, secure and reliable application deployment, and training of adaptable and powerful platforms to support new and innovative cloud services.
“As networks and consumers move towards a post-sufficient bandwidth world, there is an emerging opportunity to harness the potential of CPE as a platform to meet the needs of end users and providers,” said said Oliver Johnson, CEO of the telecom analytics firm. Punctual subject. “The actionable, properly managed and integrated functionality of an additional application-like service layer right at the edge of the network will enable more control and better resiliency for all players in the ecosystem and improve choice and experience. global customers – the ultimate arbiters of any change.
The association also believes that its WT-492 specification work can benefit a host of broadband players, including product manufacturers who can adopt new design principles to introduce technologies and functionality through simpler and faster cycles and efficiently use open-source gateway systems.
It says subscriber management solution providers could adopt standard management interfaces and capabilities to seamlessly operate and deploy any vendor’s products, and application providers can create an ecosystem of value-added applications. Service providers will be able to serve all types of access technologies from multiple vendors and seamlessly integrate a mix of services into their operational and business workflows.
Proposed use cases for app-enabled service gateways could, for example, monitor and troubleshoot schemes that support offloading bad apps and isolating bad network devices to protect the end user in case of need. These innovative gateways will be hardened against cyberattacks, able to operate in a wider range of environmental conditions, and withstand technology changes and equipment failures by upgrading and migrating customer applications and data on demand.
Expansion and operation with all networked devices to expand connectivity and support Internet of Things (IoT) services would also be enabled through the new gateways.
The Broadband Forum’s Broadband User Services (BUS) work area is known in the industry for developing interoperable and open standards such as TR-069, TR-181 and its flagship protocol, the User Services Platform, aka USP (TR-369). According to the association, these standards have already laid the foundation for the realization of a standardized and application-compatible service gateway.
“Service provider customers have faced them with unprecedented demand on their networks, and app-enabled service gateways will help unlock a plethora of third-party apps and services,” said Jason Walls of QA Cafe, President Broadband Forum Connected Home Council and BUS Work Area Director. “Our work brings together industry leaders from multiple standards development organizations and the open source community to create open, interoperable, and quality standards.
“The adoption of faster access technologies and the resulting exponential bandwidth growth opens up new ARPU opportunities that service providers can capitalize on.”