Broadband Forum launches Automated Intelligent Management (AIM) project
During the Broadband Forum’s Q4 Meeting in Glasgow, UK, the SDN/NFV Work Area launched the Automated Intelligent Management (AIM) project.
The project will focus on how machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be applied to data to improve the operations of service providers and help manage access and home networks.
During the meeting, it was reveled that work on the first working text within the project – WT-436: Access and Home Network O&M Automation/Intelligence – had already begun. Several use cases will also be added. These will be worked on in the future to help drive automation into network operations, while reducing Operational Expenditure (OpEx) costs and improving customer experience.
If you are interested in participating in this project, or know other companies that would be interested, please reach out to the project leader Christopher Croot and, if appropriate, copy BBF membership director Rhonda Heier at email@example.com.
Telebyte Inc., a leader in Gfast physical layer test solutions, has announced the release of the world’s first commercially available local loop simulators designed for Gfast production testing.
Telebyte’s Model 800-8-212-TP100 series of products all feature eight independent 25m fixed length channels and utilize a passive design with a very low noise floor, of less than -160 dBm/Hz for realistic, repeatable test results. Versatile connection options allow extension of line lengths by jumping from channel-to-channel and/or unit-to-unit while a modular design facilitates dense configurations.
“It is predicted that 2019 will be the year of Gfast,” said Michael Breneisen, President of Telebyte. “Equipment vendors will find our timely solution to be ideal for repeatable Gfast production testing.”
Broadband Quality Experience Delivered (QED) project launched by the Broadband Forum
The Architecture and Migration Work Area within the Broadband Forum announced a new project during the Forum’s Q4 meeting.
The Broadband Quality Experience Delivered (QED) project will give a greater insight into the quality of experience and application outcomes, compared with more traditional measurements, such as bandwidth.
The analysis will decompose a round trip into six separate constituent components, allowing network performance to be analyzed for design and trouble-shooting. This will enable service providers to carry out a root cause analysis that considers factors such as performance degradation, structure, network dimensioning and scheduling.
If you are interested in participating in this project, or know other companies that would be interested, please reach out to project leader David Sinicrope and, if appropriate, copy BBF membership director Rhonda Heier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Indian government has revealed plans to introduce a broadband readiness index for the nation’s states as part of efforts to encourage an additional $100 billion investment in the telecoms sector.
According to the telecom secretary, there is a pressing need to increase the number of mobile base stations by three times and expand optical fiber rollouts by four times in order to meet the target of providing broadband for all.
As part of the government’s National Digital Communications Policy, the government aims to ensure all citizens have access to 50Mbps broadband by 2022. The initiative also envisions the creation of 5 million new jobs.
UK communications regulator, Ofcom has set out its initial views on how to define geographic markets from 2021, when carrying out the next review of wholesale telecoms networks. This is as part of its long-term plans to support investment in fiber networks.
By Spring 2021. Ofcom plans to have regulation in place that varies by geographic area. To promote greater certainty for investors, this new regulation will be in place for at least five years and will replace the Business Connectivity Market Review and Wholesale Local Access Review.
The regulator said: “We expect to see significant investment in new, competing fiber networks. But investment and competition will vary by geography. So, we intend to take a flexible approach to regulation, reflecting how many different competing fiber companies are present in a particular geographic area.”
Nokia and Telenor Group are to deploy a cloud-native core solution based on Nokia AirGile technology, including the AirFrame data center and Cloud Packet Core, in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The deployment will enhance performance and reliability and drive mobile broadband service agility as Telenor prepares for the introduction of 5G.
The cloud-native core solution will deliver new flexibilities and capabilities in automation, enabling Telenor’s networks to instantly adapt and scale services to meet the changing demands of people and connected things. The ability to quickly onboard virtualized network functions across a cloud-based infrastructure will reduce time-to-market for new services. With the introduction of 5G, the solution will enable network slicing, allowing Telenor to further expand its service offerings to meet the ever-growing and diverse demands of people and industries.
This agreement follows Nokia’s earlier successful deployment of a cloud-native core solution for Telenor’s operations in Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Pakistan.