Open Broadband Infrastructure (OB-I)


Definition and Scope


OB-I is a common hardware and software platform for an open laboratory. OB-I is a collaborative industry resource that encompasses proprietary, "open" source and standard implementations coming together to represent service provider existing and planned deployments. The initial intention for the scope of OB-I are:

  • A rich set of test resources to be used for staging, functional, performance, interoperability, testing and continuous integration of broadband NFV/SDN, CloudCO, cloud-based services and applications, management, and orchestration
  • Provides the industry and BBF members with defined interfaces and reference test environment for how their products and solutions can fit into the NFV/SDN cloud-based architecture>
  • The Forum's motivation stems from requirements related to BBF projects and is not a constraint for third parties

Open Broadband Laboratories

  • The BBF's role is to select labs based on regional requirements, available funding
  • Broadband Forum is not funding OB - but helps facilitate funding
  • Hosting Labs are independent of the BBF and independently funded
  • Provide services according to fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory terms
  • Must makes services available to the entire industry (without limitation), platforms may vary

Overview of the Open Broadband Infrastructure Platform

Overview of the Open Broadband Infrastructure Platform

The above diagram illustrates the basic foundation for the programmable, dynamic broadband network of the future utilizing open source techniques and defined APIs in support of the development and testing of broadband services and interoperability.  It will facilitate partnership with the other communities, and enable BBF to upstream suggestions or patches to partner projects, broadening the development and review process for all parties.

Th above is and extract from the "Open Broadband Infrastructure Platform" available on the BBF members Wiki.

First Open Broadband Lab announced!


On May 2, 2017 the Broadband Forum and SDN/NFV Industry Alliance announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly set up an Open Broadband Laboratory Asia (OBLA) and promote the development of network transformation and cloud evolution.


Robin Mersh, CEO of Broadband Forum, and Wei Leping, President of SDN/NFV Industry Alliance, made the partnership official at the China SDN/NFV Conference 2017. Click here to see the full press release

 

“As operators look to bring the efficiencies of data centers and cloud technologies to the network, gradually transforming it to a software-based infrastructure, it is incredibly important that we speed up standards, testing, conformance and best practice to ensure smarter, programmable and faster networks that deliver leading edge capability for operators and world-class experience for their customers,” said Broadband Forum Chairman Kevin Foster, of BT. “This new lab facility is a strategic and natural evolution of the Forum’s ongoing work on virtualization and cloud, with almost every project in our current scope now connected to these next-generation network technologies. We look forward to strengthening this work with the SDN/NFV Industry Alliance.”

The OBLA builds on the Forum’s ongoing and completed virtualization and cloud projects, including the Network Enhanced Residential Gateway, which shifts functionalities from the Residential Gateway to the operator’s network, Cloud Central Office, Fixed Access Network Sharing, SDN in the Access Network, and the virtual Business Gateway.

This complements the SDN/NFV Industry Alliance’s focus on increasing the readiness in SDN commercial utilization and promoting the healthy development of the SDN industry.

“The lack of standards and a unified framework for Network Cloud and SDN is a significant problem, which leads to fragmentation in the industry and defeats interoperability, slowing the industry’s development. As one of the most important organizations in broadband, the Broadband Forum’s Open Broadband Lab can be the unified and standardized platform to address the fragmentation issues and resolve the problems the industry is facing,” said Mr. Wei Leping, President of the SDN/NFV Industry Alliance, and China Telecom Beijing Research Institute. “China SDN/NFV Industry Alliance is pleased to collaborate with the Forum to create the physical laboratory and verify the standardized framework, testing for interoperability and enabling application development based on this platform.”