Casa Systems has joined the ranks of the Telecom Infra Project's OpenBNG initiative, which has been spearheaded by Telefónica, Deutsche Telecom, BT, and Vodafone.
OpenBNG is a new standard that was created by the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to develop open, disaggregated broadband network gateways. OpenBNG develops standards for equipment that operators can deploy in current and future networks in order to deliver fixed broadband services.
OpenBNG is within TIP’s Open Optical & Packet Transport (OOPT) Project Group’s Disaggregated Open Routers (DOR) sub-group. The goal of the OpenBNG project is to develop solutions that overcome some of the issues that operators face when deploying fixed access services to a wide-range of customers.
One short-term challenge for fixed access services is handling continuous traffic growth, which not only affects performance, but also determines the best location for BNG functionality.
In tandem with software-defined networking (SDN), separating the BNG control plane from the data plane enables operators to centralize the management and control of a routed network. Other benefits include centralized locations for IP address management, all of which can be scaled up or down according to customer demand.
“We are excited to be part of TIP’s OpenBNG program because it will play a key role in helping service providers overcome important challenges while creating network infrastructures that meet current and future requirements,” said Casa's Gibson Ang, vice president of technology, in a statement. “This initiative helps us address the critical needs of service providers worldwide and opens up new revenue opportunities by expanding our technology further into new global markets.
"Our participation will help drive global interoperability of our innovative solutions and provide even more exposure of this technology to potential customers in new geographic regions."
The Broadband Forum and the Open Networking Forum (ONF) also have BNG projects underway that are related to disaggregation.