Following on the heels of its latest release, Broadband Forum’s User Services Platform (USP) was the hot topic of a webinar and panel discussion, which highlighted how to unleash the true potential of the connected home ecosystem.
Shaping the future of broadband, USP – also known as TR- 369 – allows new deployments to implement quickly into existing infrastructure via support of MQTT, a commonly used protocol in many different aspects of the Connected Home. This provides a clear and simple migration path for operators. Participants in the discussion also include Axiros, CommScope, Domos, Greenwave Systems, Incognito, and QA Cafe.
The US Department of Agriculture is investing $152 million to provide or improve rural broadband in 14 states, across 20 projects.
USDA is funneling the funds through the Community Connect Grant Program, the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program and the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. States receiving funds through this set of investments include Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
“Deploying high-speed broadband internet connectivity, or ‘e-Connectivity,’ in rural America expands access to essential health, educational, social and business opportunities,” said Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, Donald “DJ” LaVoy.
Nokia has unveiled the industry’s first fully integrated intent-based solution that completely changes how operators build fixed access networks to deliver ultra-broadband services. With Nokia’s new intent-based Altiplano Access Controller, operators will be able to flexibly move toward software-defined access and gain more intuitive and automated control to deliver a gigabit experience to users everywhere.
In the race to deliver a better broadband experience, operators are upgrading their access networks and introducing new technologies like 5G Fixed Wireless Access. However, with each upgrade comes additional service management and operational complexity, which limit an operator’s ability to quickly introduce new services. Software-defined access networks (SDAN) can help by creating an open programmable network that is easier to adapt, automate and expand.
Sandra Motley, President of Fixed Networks at Nokia, said: “Innovative intent-based solutions like our Altiplano Access Controller are changing the game for how operators deliver services over their network. No longer confined by their underlying infrastructure, operators can now create a service with the assurance of knowing the network will automatically configure and adapt to support what’s needed.”
Linksys has introduced a new service called Linksys Aware, which monitors the home for intruders. By using data from Velop mesh routers, the system can monitor and detect invasions in the house through a Wi-Fi connection.
The Linksys Velop Tri-Band AC2200 routers can detect motion within its ‘Intelligent MeshTM’ network, eliminating the need for cameras or mounted motion detectors. When the system senses movement, it will send an alert to the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app on the user’s iPhone or Android smartphone.
“Motion sensing in the Mesh Wi-Fi has incredible potential to change the way the general public taps into the capabilities of their routers,” said Linksys Aware Product Manager Matthew Keasler. “No longer will the router just be a device that enables internet access in a home, it will be the cog that drives the smart home. Since Linksys is first-to-market, we anticipate playing a large role in that revolution.”
During an interview with Total Telecom, Alexandre Fonseca, CEO of Altice Portugal, discussed the key trends emerging in today’s telecoms marketplace.
Today, Altice Portugal is an international case study with proven experience in several countries, such as USA, France, Russia, New Zealand, India, the UK or Brazil, regarding FTTH projects. Altice Portugal presents one of the best and largest next-generation network infrastructures, reaching 4.8 million of households in Optical Fiber, moving closer to the 2020 target of 5.3 million. As a result, this brings Portugal as one of the first countries in Europe to reach nearly 100% of the population. Altice Portugal have deployed Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) throughout the country, both in urban and rural areas, boosting the economic development and digital inclusion.
Despite the significant investment performed, it is important to underline that Portugal needs a clear strategy and vision for 5G, to continue to take the lead, as in previous technology generations of telecommunications.10Gbps services will help us build the ultra-connected future we all require. The predicted increase in number of devices and data volumes requires intelligent networks with a new level of speed and capacity. Now, life-changing technologies for connected health, augmented and virtual reality, will deliver incredible experiences and require significant speed, low latency and high capacity. As a result, 10Gbps services are becoming more crucial for the enterprise market.
A Series of Fortunate Events – by Broadband Forum
Broadband Forum works closely with industry analysts to capture timely snapshots of industry status and direction across our areas of focus. There are two surveys currently underway:
- Industry analyst firm Broadbandtrends is conducting a survey of 10G PON deployment strategies, and is looking for Broadband Forum members to participate. Your input will be used to help equipment vendors and solutions providers better address technology and business requirements. This is a CONFIDENTIAL survey and should take 6-8 minutes to complete. We are requesting completion by Friday October 18, 2019. In return for your full participation in this survey, Broadbandtrends will provide you with(via e-mail in a .pdf format) the final full report when it is published (mid November 2019). The survey may be taken by a PC/laptop, smart phone or tablet via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019_10GPON
- 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 in October 2019 and will be made available at no cost to those service providers who fill out the entire survey ($US 3,000 value). In addition, the first 30 representatives of service providers who respond to the survey will each receive 1 complimentary ticket for the upcoming home Wi-Fi summit ($820 value). To take this survey, follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HomeWiFi2019
Broadband World Forum 2019 is fast-approaching! This 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. 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.