Broadband Forum Q4 2018 Meeting
Your quarterly resource for updates on recent activities and our most critical work and focus areas.
A Word from our CEO – Laying the foundations of the next billion
The Broadband Forum meeting in Glasgow last week brought down the curtain on a year of enormous achievement and the significant milestone of reaching one billion broadband connections in the global market. You have all played a part in helping us to get there – congratulations!
As we look forward to the festive season and the new year ahead, we have a Broadband Forum which is transforming and thriving at an accelerating pace – staying ahead of the dramatic changes taking place in our industry.
Our transformation has been designed to ensure broadband technologies and their ecosystems are enhanced and developed further to meet the demands of the coming era of 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), automation, virtualization, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). We have seen new Work Areas launched, we have developed the increasingly successful BASe events around the world, we are co-operating with other industry forums and our interoperability pavilion at the Broadband World Forum in Berlin was our most successful yet. Most importantly, we have seen the breadth and scope of our work expand, not just in terms of addressing new and emerging technologies, but in our approach – with a number of ‘open source’ initiatives launched this year. As far as this goes, I truly believe this represents how dynamic our work at the Forum is becoming and how we are ensuring the whole network is prepared for the future, from the Cloud to the Connected Home.
With all these achievements, we can now look forward to 2019 with increasing confidence and commitment to our role in the future of broadband. Your work and effort is being increasingly backed in terms of supportive marketing and public relations and, very soon, an impressive new website we can all be proud of.
So, enjoy the celebrations ahead. Give yourselves a well-deserved pat on the back, and get ready for an exciting 2019 as we help to move the industry towards the next billion lines of broadband
Word from our Chief Marketing Officer – Shaping the future of broadband as we accelerate into 2019
When I was first introduced at the Q3 Broadband Forum meeting in Montreal last September, I shared my view that the “Broadband Forum” was already one of the premier brands in broadband based on its rich history of contributions to the industry to date. My mission, I shared, was to build on this strong foundation.
What I’ve discovered over the last quarter as I’ve learned more about the Forum, its projects, and the dedication of its members, is that I underestimated the opportunities that exist to raise our profile and extend our brand. These are incredibly exciting times for the broadband industry, and as we showed the world with our events and announcements this last quarter, our work is a key a catalyst to this excitement … and we are just getting started.
Our major announcement in Q4 was that the world surpassed 1 billion fixed broadband installations in 2018, and the Broadband Forum was a major contributor to this achievement. This was significant news for our industry, and as Robin said above, it is something for which we, as a collective, should be extremely proud.
This milestone message provided the foundation for ramping up our profile at the 2019 Broadband World Forum in Berlin. Our “1 Billion” announcement and its close association to our TR-069 protocol provided a great backdrop for showcasing the evolution of TR-069 – User Services Platform, also referred to as USP – at our Interop Pavilion at the Broadband World Forum Expo. Other demonstrations that were showcased included our Broadband Access Abstraction project (enabled by our Open Broadband initiative) and a Gfast interoperability demo. These demonstrations were very well-received and were a clear message to the industry that the Forum is accelerating into 2019 with ground-breaking work ongoing across a variety of Work Areas.
Amplifying this message was our very own Executive Summit at the show, attended by more than 200 participants, from global operators, members of the trade media and top-tier analysts to vendors and fellow standard bodies. In addition, Q4 saw another great turnout for our BASe Series events – this one in Las Vegas, North America. This saw an additional 150 participants receive updates on the cutting-edge technologies and innovative work in our industry from leaders such as Google, Nokia, Corning Optical Communications, Huawei, and Calix.
The media and analysts also reacted very positively to other announcements leading up to Broadband World Forum during the quarter, including the announcement of two new projects – Open Broadband – Broadband Access Abstraction and our Wi-Fi Easy Mesh project with the prpl foundation – which were covered by multiple top-tier publications including SDX Central and Telecom TV.
As we accelerate into 2019, it’s essential that we keep this momentum going. To do so, we need your help in keeping us informed of any innovative work you are carrying out in your respective project areas. Even with what we are already aware of, the coming year is already shaping up to be our best yet, and with your help it can only get better. So, don’t forget to raise your glass as you celebrate the holidays at least once to the Broadband Forum and its fantastic achievements in 2018, and to our noble work in enabling the next billion lines of broadband in the year (and years) ahead!
Have a great holiday season!
Amazon Alexa Voice Services keynote evangelizes industry collaboration highlights productive Q4 Broadband Forum Meeting
Amazon Alexa Voice Services UK General Manager Theunis Scheepers keynoted Broadband Forum’s fourth quarter meeting last week in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, where he told the packed audience that device compatibility is essential in order to maximize the selection of available devices, which in turn drives mass adoption of the connected home market.
Scheepers’ keynote kicked off a busy week that saw another keynote from Huw Saunders, Director of Network Infrastructure at the UK’s broadband regulatory and competition authority Ofcom, a Birds of a Feather (BoF) session focused on “Powering in an Ultra-Fast World”, and major progress made within projects across all work areas and Open Broadband initiatives, including in areas like 5G, the User Services Platform (USP) and CloudCO.
Ofcom keynote opens Broadband Forum Q4 Meeting
Leading UK communications regulator Ofcom opened the packed-out plenary session at the Broadband Forum quarterly meeting in Glasgow this week.
The keynote session, delivered by Ofcom Director of Network Infrastructure Huw Saunders, discussed the challenges of delivering high-quality broadband services and the potential gaps in broadband customers’ knowledge.
The presentation covered the momentum behind fiber roll-out developments across the UK, including the UK government’s goal of connecting 15 million premises to full fiber by 2025, with coverage across “all parts of the country” by 2033.
Saunders told the audience of Ofcom’s plans to keep up with this demand, by exploring possible new broadband measurement solutions, approaches and data sources, the potential to charge operators for service interruptions, as well as proposing a new holistic solution to improve broadband measurements.
BASe OFC call for papers
The highly popular BASe series continues to thrive and expand with the addition of a new format called BASe-POINT. A half day focused seminar, BASe-POINT OFC will focus on one of the optical industry’s hottest topics – NG-PON – and explore compelling new use cases and emerging trends, including the technology’s use for 5G backhaul.
Join companies including Verizon, Nokia, Calix, Go-Foton! and PICadvanced and others for this exciting seminar.
For more information, or to find out more about our BASe sponsorship opportunities for 2019, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work Area Updates from Glasgow, Scotland
What’s next for the Architecture and Migration Work Area
- Target: The Architecture and Migration Work Area maintains primary architectural work of the Broadband Forum. This work reflects the control, management and data plane aspects of the Broadband Forum’s defined architectures. These architectures are augmented to leverage new industry practices, while protecting the investment in broadband networks already deployed.
- Progress: The Work Area formed a new project, addressing the use of quality attenuation methods in broadband networks. Work also began on a new market report, which addresses how challenges can be overcome when deploying fiber in the broadband network.
- Outcomes: The Application Layer Testing (ALT) project stream (MD433) addressed all straw ballot comments received in the ALT architecture straw ballot (WT-421) held at the meeting.
After the Q3 meeting in Montreal, long standing Chair David Thorne left the Broadband Forum to enjoy retirement. David Sinicrope is now the acting Work Area Director leading into 2019.
BUS empowers Connected Home with USP update and new Wi-Fi performance metrics
- Target: To enable service providers to manage and deliver carrier class Wi-Fi.
- Progress: The group has resolved final comments on its Wi-Fi In-Home Performance Metrics (TR-398) and is in the final stages of its Wi-Fi network service elements in the Device:2 data model for USP and TR-069.
- Outcomes: The finalized TR-398 is planned for release in February 2019 pending member approval. Device:2.13, which will include new Wi-Fi network management objects, is on target to be launched in Q2 2019.
Common YANG scores a hattrick at Q4!
- Target: Specify YANG modules that are applicable to multiple Work Areas, NETCONF/YANG test plans and certification for the defined YANG modules, and maintain YANG Best Current Practices, processes, procedures and tools.
- Progress: Continued work on managing the Access Node Control Protocol (ANCP) and alarm management, enabling additional functionality for network troubleshooting and data analysis.
- Outcomes: Amendment 2 of the YANG Modules for Fiber-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) Management was approved for straw ballot, updating existing models to align with the latest revisions of underlying ITU specification.
Full steam ahead for OB-BAA, as it prepares for its second release
Fan collaborates to drive next-gen fiber access networks
- Target: To move forward with the straw ballot of the ITU-T PON YANG data model (WT-385).
- Progress: Work on the NETCONF requirement for access nodes was carried out jointly with the SDN NFV Work Area group.
- Outcomes: Final ballot of the PON abstraction use cases for time critical functions, such as Dynamic Bandwidth Assignment (DBA) and definition of the open interface for time critical API functions was completed during the meeting. Several test plans were also brought forward across XGS-PON and NG-PON2 for final ballot.
Since the Q3 meeting, the Fiber Access Networks (FAN) Work Area has been busy progressing a number of key documents that will bring a range of benefits to global service providers.
- The NG-PON2 TC Layer Test Plan (WT-426), which defines the NG-PON2 Transmission Convergence Layer Test Plan.
- The XGS-PON TC Layer Test Plan (WT-309, Issue 2), which defines the XGS Transmission.
- The XG(S)-PON and NGPON-2 PON PMD Layer Test Plan (WT-423).
Physical Layer Transmission sees light at the end of the tunnel for Gfast Issue 2 certification
- Target: To carry out work which will help service providers deploy equipment that will give a better quality of experience for their end users.
- Progress: The Physical Layer Transmission group work continued on its Gfast Performance Testing document, Reverse Powering Feeding, Wi-Fi Performance Testing and many more projects.
- Outcomes: Gfast Issue 2 certification has been sent to final ballot. Dates for Gfast Plugfests in 2019 have also been set.
- March 11-15, 2019
- May 13-17, 2019
5G Transport Architecture looks towards 2019
- Target: To form industry-agreed specifications of the routing and transport network infrastructure for applications such as mobile backhaul/transport infrastructure, video distribution and data center interconnect.
- Progress: Work continued on the market drivers and the transport architecture for 5G.
- Outcomes: The Ethernet Virtual Private Network (EVPN) which was carried out at Q3 has now been made publicly available on the Forum’s website as TR-350 Issue 2. This work will provide the architecture and equipment requirements for cloud services, video distribution and mobile backhaul.
Innovation Group empowers an ultra-fast world with BoF session
Making milestones: SDN/NFV Work Area ends successful year with newly published application notes and significant progress in CloudCO and FANS
- Target: To drive the migration of SDN and NFV into broadband networks to facilitate the agile deployment of new customized distributed broadband services and applications.
- Progress: The Work Area gained significant momentum, with a new project stream confirmed – Automated Intelligent Management. This work will explore how machine learning and AI can improve service providers’ operations, as well as management of access and home networks. A document on FANS interfaces (WT-386) also reached final ballot, with its associated white paper also entering straw ballot.
- Outcomes: The Work Area published seven of its 14 application notes that have been authored, these form the basis of the use cases that drive the interfaces and test cases for CloudCO. These use cases were demonstrated for the first time at this year’s Broadband World Forum and are now publicly available on the Broadband Forum website.
WWC continues to execute on 5G
- Target: Address the needs of converged operators, which have both wireline and mobile networks deployed and are in a position to leverage all their assets with combined subscriber offerings.
- Progress: The Wireline-Wireless Convergence Work Area (WWC) completed its study on Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) and its input contributed to the finalization of the 3GPP study work. The group also progressed to defining the document structure and plan to execute on the necessary specifications to make FMC a reality.
- Outcomes: Complete solutions to FMC will be delivered in the release 16 timeframe as originally planned.
Welcome to new and returning members!
- WT-384 – passed final ballot
- WT-331: Using PON for Mobile Backhaul – passed final ballot
- WT-338i1 (Reverse Power Feed)- in final ballot
- WT-416 – out for final ballot
- WT-114i3a4 (BA17ade RTX): VDSDL2 – going to final ballot
- WT-347 (CPE SELT Calibration) – going to final ballot
For a full list of all work in progress, click here. Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues, so they are engaged and aware of the developments of this work.
Broadband Forum in the news
2019 Broadband Forum Meetings
And don’t forget to save the dates for next year’s meetings. Here’s a first glance of what the calendar looks like:
- 2019 Q1 Meeting: March 18-21 – Warsaw, Poland, Europe
- 2019 Q2 Meeting: June 17-20 – Seoul, Korea, Asia
- 2019 Q3 Meeting: September 2-5 – Europe
- 2019 Q4 Meeting: December 2-5 – Americas
Other dates for your diary:
- CES: Jan 8-11, Las Vegas, Nevada, US
- Convergence India: January 29-31, New Delhi, India
- Gigabit Access 2019: April 2-3, Brussels, Belgium
- ONUG Spring Meeting: April 7-8, Dallas, Texas, UK
- China SDN/NFV/AI Conference 2019: April 17-18, Beijing, China