The Broadband Forum made three announcements aimed at accelerating its Open Broadband, Cloud Central Office and SD-WAN initiatives: It published a virtualized business gateway (vBG) standard and launched two new initiatives — the CloudCO User Managed Object Framework and the Broadband Access Abstraction Open Source. The Broadband Forum vBG standard will be known as TR-328.
Broadband Forum vBG
A key goal of vBG is to enable SD-WANs to interoperate with Broadband Forum initiatives such as CloudCO and the Network Enhanced Residential Gateway. The vBG is the first standard for distributed virtualized customer premise equipment, the Broadband Forum noted in a press release.
Services such as carrier/enterprise class firewalls and WAN optimization will be facilitated by TR-328. “As operators look to transform their networks with greater use of software and virtualization, demand for solutions, such as the vBG and CloudCO, with these associated reference implementations and API’s is growing – the market is now ready for standards-based software deliverables for Open Broadband,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of Broadband Forum in a press release.
The idea behind vBG is to virtualize business gateway functions that can operate in a flexible hosting environment that can exist in operators’ networks (in a CloudCO, for instance), at the customer premises or a mix of the two.
The goal is to give customers control through a portal. They can use this virtual infrastructure to add/decommission services, upsell services and perform other tasks without purpose-built hardware.
New Open Broadband Projects
The CloudCO User Managed Object Framework aims to provide cloud-based tools for creation of user interfaces and tools to satisfy customer demand for SD-WAN telemetry in browsers, portals and for use by other applications.
The Broadband Access Abstraction Open Source, which focuses on virtualized access devices. It addresses requirements, architecture, design and software for virtualization of this element. Part of that is an open and interoperable unified management interface that supports equipment from different vendors. The project will be managed by the Broadband Forum’s agile Open Broadband software initiative.