Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Cloud technologies are redefining the traditional Central Office and making way for an agile future

Broadband Forum CloudCO Projects Transform Traditional Access and Aggregation Architectures

Cloud Central Office (CloudCO) is a recasting of the Central Office hosting infrastructure that utilizes SDN, NFV and Cloud technologies to support network functions. It radically redefines the architectures of the access  and aggregation networks that have developed incrementally in previous Broadband Forum specifications such as TR-101 and TR-178.

The CloudCO’s functionality can be accessed through a northbound API, allowing Operators, or 3rd parties, to consume its functionality, while hiding how the functionality is achieved from the API consumer. In order to achieve this, SDN & NFV are leveraged, running on a cloud-like infrastructure deployed at Central Offices.

This video features leaders of the CloudCO projects from ADTRAN, TIM, and VMware providing an overview of current initiatives.

Chris Croot (BT), BBF Co-Director for SDN/NFV Work Area, talks about the latest BBF activities in CloudCO and Fixed Access Networks Sharing (FANS)

Yves Hertoghs (vmWare), BBF Project Stream Leader for CloudCO initiative, talks about the latest BBF activities in pushing NFV into the market and in our Open Broadband Labs initiative