Broadband Forum, Wi-Fi Alliance Take on Connected Device Management

The Broadband Forum published the next version of the Broadband Forum suite of standards for managed services. The suite now includes integrated advanced capabilities from the Wi-Fi Alliances’ Wi-Fi Data Elements. The goal is to create a more efficient and “smoother path” to connected device management.

The organization says that publication of the 1.2 version of the User Services Platform (USP) and the 2.15 version of the TR-181 Device Data Model will enable service providers to deploy interoperable customer Wi-Fi optimization and management services. This could improve performance, resulting in reduced churn and increased average revenue per unit (ARPU), the organization says.

Version 1.2 of the USP offers a multi-vendor multi-application environment. Version 2.15 of TR-181, which was developed with input from the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Broadband Forum, enables efficient communications and extensive telemetry and configuration options.

These capabilities are enhanced by synchronization with the latest features of Wi-Fi Data Elements, a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) that contain information on network status. This data can enable operators to identify and confront problems quickly—even before end user service is impacted.

The TR-181 data model and USP projects were created by the Broadband User Services (BUS) Work Area within the Broadband Forum. The projects focus on agile, collaborative development that leverages open standards and open source technologies.

The new standards also provide new methods for managing and monitoring DOCSIS-enabled cable modems and eRouters and the capability to gather mass telemetry over existing Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) infrastructure.

“The Broadband User Services Work Area has completed the final steps towards publishing the next versions of its suite of standards for managed services, including the ever-present need for Wi-Fi optimization and management,” Jason Walls of QA Cafe and Chair of the Broadband Forum Connected Home Council, said in a press release. “By bringing together broadband players from across the industry to work together, operators worldwide will benefit from these new standards, helping unlock the full potential of the Connected Home market.”


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