Management and Monitoring
Service providers worldwide are driving the deployment of quadruple-play services over next-generation access networks with a specific interest at forefront of their efforts: Annual Revenue Per User (ARPU). When you combine this with constantly changing requirements for network operations and maintenance, you have a need for a framework that will achieve these goals and allow operators to leverage their network architecture to the fullest. The GSX 100 Universal Access Software resolves this challenge with the framework to enable PON devices to be managed via TR-069 (Technical Report 069 defined by the Broadband Forum). The iPhotonix Universal Access software provides framework and management for Passive Optical Networks (PON) and Optical Network Termination (ONT) by utilizing layer 3 capabilities using the Forum’s existing CPE LAN management protocol TR-069. This supplies operators the full extent of centralized management for quadruple-play services. Through our TR-069 enabled Universal Access software for optical network terminals (ONTs), operators are able to roll out services for voice, high-speed data and video services seamlessly and faster than ever before. This capability now offers zero-touch provisioning, establish workflows to streamline provisioning, the ability to gather QOS device information from the ONT while providing a central interface for customer service, engineering and marketing. iPhotonix remains uniquely poised to leverage The Broadband Forum’s recommendation for PON access to consist of a combination of OMCI for physical- and Ethernet layer management and TR-069 for higher layers.
With iPhotonix’s market acknowledged expertise in OMCI (optical network terminal management and control interface) and currently being pioneers in the development for TR-69 for Optical Networks, you now have capabilities to manage specific address ONT configuration, fault and performance management at layer 2 levels and CPE WAN management capabilities to manage services based on layer 3 and above that has never been offered before.
When deploying value-added services across broadband access networks, special attention regarding Quality of Service and Service Control is required. The iPhotonix GSX 100 Universal Access Software provides a tighter coordination between network nodes, notably the ONT and the Broadband Network Gateways (BNG). Traditionally coordination between these network nodes would be performed by means of interworking via the management plane. However, this is not always possible because of the organizational boundaries between business entities operating the local loop, the aggregation network and the IP network. Further, management networks are usually not designed to transmit management data between the different entities in real time. The iPhotonix Universal Access Software provides Layer 2 Control Features that run directly between a BNG and an Access Node (i.e. ONTs) in order to perform QoS-related, service-related and subscriber-related operations. This now means that the transmission of management information does not need to go through distinct element managers but rather can use direct device to device communication. This allows access link related operations to be performed within those network elements, while avoiding any impact on the existing management systems.
TR’s highlighted in our TR-069 design:
- TR-142 defines how Auto-Configuration Servers (ACS) can remotely configure, troubleshoot and manage a Passive Optical Network (PON) optical network termination (ONT) with layer 3 capabilities using the Forum’s existing CPE LAN management protocol, TR-069.
- TR-147 defines how a Layer 2 Control Mechanism that runs directly between a BNG and an Access Node, in order to perform QoS-related, service-related and subscriber related operations. This Layer 2 Control Mechanism Transmission does not need to go through distinct element managers but rather can use direct device-device communication.