Open Broadband Labs

Carsten Rossenhoevel (EANTC), Managing Director and co-founder of EANTC talks about the announcement and ramp of Open Broadband Labs - Europe

Open Broadband Labs offer a common hardware and software platform for an open laboratory to promote the development of network transformation and cloud evolution leveraging open source software. Each Open Broadband Lab 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 the Open Broadband Labs 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
  • The BBF’s role is to select labs based on regional requirements, available funding
  • Broadband Forum does not fund each Open Broadband Lab – but helps facilitate funding (Hosting Labs are independent of the BBF and independently funded)
  • OB-Labs provide services according to fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory terms
  • Must make services available to the entire industry (without limitation), platforms may vary

Yves Hertoghs (vmWare), BBF Project Stream Leader for CloudCO initiative, talks about the opening of the Open Broadband Lab Europe as well as latest BBF activities in pushing NFV into the market

Open Broadband Lab Framework

The 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.

The first Open Broadband Labs was announced in May 2017. For more information, click here.