According to Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh, writing for the latest issue of Networking+, the advent of 5G brings both challenges and opportunities for the telecoms industry in the fixed and mobile space, due to data traffic growing exponentially.
Today, each of the 3.3 billion smartphones in use generates 3.4 Gigabytes of data per month globally. By 2023, this will increase to a huge 17 Gigabytes per month per smartphone, of which there are expected to be 7.2 billion worldwide. A significant factor behind this anticipated growth is 5G, driven by not only the substantial increase in bandwidth it promises, but also the compelling new services it enables.
For operators to capitalize on the opportunities for additional revenue streams, a shift in how mobile and fixed networks are managed is needed. Previously separate entities, the fixed network must be integrated into mobile networks not only to enable concepts like seamless service delivery, but to realize the efficiency of operating a one service delivery network across all services rather than multiple networks – but are they ready for a 5G future?
National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software and solutions to utility and telecommunication companies, is now a principal member of Broadband Forum.
The membership is another step that NISC is taking to work cooperatively with the Forum’s members, driving the initiatives and standards that are shaping the broadband and connected home world today – and into the future. This will help NISC ensure the NISC User Services System (USS) is in alignment with existing standards, and that NISC has a voice in influencing and shaping global standards as technology and industry best practices continue to evolve.
“This relationship affirms NISC’s commitment to building solutions based on industry standards wherever possible, which has been critical to delivering contemporary functionality at an affordable price to our mid-market Members,” said David Bonnett, NISC Vice President of Product Management.
UK full-fiber broadband provider Trooli, owned by Call Flow Solutions, has confirmed that its Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network has now passed more than 10,000 premises.
Trooli aims to deploy its FTTP network to small towns across South East England and has just completed the second phase of its full-fiber network roll-out in West Malling, Leybourne, Ryarsh and Coxheath.
The company has also been awarded ‘Path To Collaboration’ status by Openreach for Passive Infrastructure Access (PIA) Network Adjustments.
Telefónica UK has begun the first phase of migrating services to its new Fusión Network infrastructure. The company is working to combine legacy networks into a single, new IP network that is more efficient, flexible and automated, paving the way for 5G roll-out and an improves customer experience.
Telefónica is working with Juniper Networks as the IP network provider. The operator hopes to reap a number of benefits from the deployment of Juniper’s PTX Series Packet Transport Routers, the MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform, Junos Fusion Edge, Junos Node Slicing virtualization and Juniper’s Automation Framework, including reduced network complexity, greater agility and faster time-to-market for new services. The vendor is also installing and maintaining the new hardware and services.
Brendan O’Reilly, Chief Technology Officer, Telefónica UK, said, “As we prepare for our 5G roll-out from October 2019 with the end goal of building a 5G economy in coalition with British industry, we need a network infrastructure that benefits customers from the outset, with better speeds, intelligent security and improved user experience.”
Masmovil has reached a new network sharing agreement with Orange Spain, which will underpin the company’s 5G and full fiber fixed line offerings in Spain.
The agreement will allow Masmovil to reach 14.2 million homes with its full fiber, gigabit capable, fixed line broadband services, by the end of 2020. The deal will also save the company around €40 million per year and Masmovil will also gain access to Orange Spain’s 5G mobile network. Orange is set to install 1,500 new sites before the end of 2021.
Meinrad Spenger, CEO of Masmovil, said: “This new agreement will allow us to finalize the development of a unique model in Europe for the construction of our own high-speed networks of the fourth operator in the most efficient possible way. In addition, together with the good commercial and financial progress recorded by Masmovil in the first half of the year, we have substantially improved our guidance.”
IOTAS, a smart home apartment firm, has raised more than $8.5 million towards its Portland set-up, with funding from some of the biggest players in telecoms.
With smart home technology such as automated lighting and thermostats now increasingly present large suburban houses, IOTAS hopes that smart home technologies can also be appealing to renters – and is working with property owners and managers to bring the technology to apartments.
The latest funding was led by TELUS Ventures, joined by Liberty Global and prior backer Intel, bringing the total fund to more than $17 million. Sce Pike, CEO of the Portland Firm, said that the company expects all new residential construction to have smart home features in the future.
Harmonic has announced a version of its CableOS virtualized software solution that includes containerized DOCSIS CMTS and PON applications, enabling delivery of Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) services.
The debut of the new version comes as Harmonic’s broadband service provider clients are weighing a myriad of technology options, including virtualized Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) and Distributed Access Architecture (DAA), as well as fiber-deep strategies that enable standards like Full Duplex DOCSIS.
CableOS uses a cloud-native platform to support converged DOCSIS CMTS and FTTH Passive Optional Network (PON) Optical Line Termination (OLT) applications, and additional containerized access applications such as DOCSIS 4.0 in the future.
A Series of Fortunate Events – by Broadband Forum
Following on the heels of its latest release of its Connected Home standard User Services Platform (USP), Broadband Forum will host a webinar – ‘Unleashing a True Connected Home Ecosystem: What’s New from Broadband Forum’s User Services Platform’ – on Wednesday, October 9 at 10.00 ET. Participants will include Axiros, CommScope, Domos, Greenwave Systems, Incognito, and QA Cafe. For more information and to register, please visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LYZYZpKXRSeBBzsdEPE-wA.
Broadband Forum works closely with industry analysts to capture timely snapshots of industry status and direction across our areas of focus. Industry analyst firm Maravedis is conducting a survey of the current state and future of managed home Wi-Fi, and is looking for Broadband Forum members to participate. The findings of this survey will be incorporated into a market report to be published on October 2019 and will be made available at no cost to those service providers who fill out the entire survey ($US 3,000 value). To take this survey, follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HomeWiFi2019
Broadband World Forum 2019 will be a key event for Broadband Forum, with the return of its Interop Pavilion at the event which will take place at the Amsterdam RAI from 15-17 October. As part of the Interop Pavilion, Broadband Forum will showcase demonstrations of the Connected Home and CloudCO including Open Broadband – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA), as well as an encore performance from the recent Q3 Broadband Forum meeting – the world’s first practical implementation demonstration of Broadband QED.
There will be two Connected Home demonstrations from a team led by Vodafone and Domos as well as a demo of OB-USP-agent demonstrating the testing of USP managed devices from CommScope and QA Cafe. The Vodafone/Domos demo will also include Kaon Media and Axiros and will implement USP to exploit new data collection and transport capabilities.
The CloudCO/OB-BAA/OB-Labs Demo follows the success of the OB-BAA demo last year which gained very high industry visibility. This year, Broadband Forum will take a major leap forward by leveraging Application Note 446 (APPN-446) which has been enhanced for multi-vendor capabilities that will be provided by the OB-BAA reference implementation. More information can be found on the Wiki here.
Broadband Forum will once again host its BASe North America Summit on Saturday, October 26 on-site at Calix ConneXions 2019 in Las Vegas. The Summit, which is free to ConneXions registrants, will run from 10am to 5pm PT and focus on three of the hottest technology topics – 5G, Connected Home and security. Don’t miss cutting-edge updates from Google, Verizon, SK Broadband, City Fibre, Ericsson, Casa Systems, Go!Foton, VPS, Calix, Axiros, InCoax/MoCA, F-Secure, the Fiber Broadband Alliance, and Tibit. Attendees can register for the event and the associated ConneXions conference here.
Broadband Forum is a forum partner of SDN NFV World Congress 2019, taking place at World Forum, The Hague, Netherlands from 14-17 October. Broadband Forum will discuss key projects at the Multi-player Association Workshop, where there will also be extended informal Q&A sessions to allow the audience to engage with project leaders to better understand how initiatives and standards can help their specific business. Kurt Pynaert from Nokia will be presenting along with Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh who will speak as part of the conference, exploring how operators can achieve seamless co-existence and cost-effective migration when implementing automated access networks.
Finally, Broadband Forum has confirmed the dates of two more of its highly popular BASe events. Two concurrent workshops on the Connected Home and 5G will kick-off Broadband World Forum 2019 on the morning of October 15. If you are planning to attend BBWF 2019, mark your calendars now and go here to see more detail on the Day 1 agenda! Additionally, as mentioned above, Broadband Forum will host its annual BASe North America event prior to the stat of ConneXions 2019 in Las Vegas on October 26. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up on the latest technology updates and best practices across 5G, Connected Home, Security, and Next Generation Access. Keep an eye out for more details soon at BASe home on the Broadband Forum website.