BBF releases open-source code for cloud-based access

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The Broadband Forum has announced the first code release and documentation of its new Open Broadband project – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) to enable standardized, automated and accelerated deployment of new cloud-based access infrastructure and services.

The new Open Broadband reference implementation facilitates co-existence, seamless migration and the agility to adapt to an increasingly wide variety of software defined access models, which is the key business and operational challenge in creating a potentially vast market, said Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh.

“OB-BAA enables operators to optimize their decision-making process for introducing new infrastructure based on user demand and acceptance instead of being forced into a total replacement strategy,” said Mersh. “By reducing planning, risks and execution time, investment in new systems and services can be incremental.”

An immediate use case for OB-BAA is as an integrated layer in the Broadband Forum’s CloudCO project, as described in the published ‘CloudCO Architectural Framework (TR-384).’ OB-BAA also complements other industry initiatives and the work is being actively coordinated with related industry activities such as ONF.

As a freely-published, open source project, OB-BAA specifies northbound interfaces, core components and southbound interfaces for functions associated with access devices that have been virtualized. It is this standardized, layered architecture designed for SDN automation that distinguishes it from other approaches, the forum says – OB-BAA removes the need for difficult deployment planning by decoupling the device and software implementation choices from business and market decisions.

Operators and equipment manufacturers involved in the project include Broadcom, BT, Calix, CenturyLink, China Telecom, Huawei, Nokia, Telecom Italia, Tibit, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) and ZTE.

The first of several planned releases, consisting of code and supporting documentation is now publicly available here.

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