October 26, 2012
Active Broadband Extends Capabilities of Dynamic Broadband Service Manager to DSL
By Anshu Shrivastava
Active Broadband Networks has announced that it has extended the capabilities of its Dynamic Broadband Service Manager (DBSM) to DSL networks by adding support for RADIUS-based data collection and policy control.
The DBSM is an integrated, turnkey, next generation operation support system that can span multiple broadband access networks – including DOCSIS, DSL, FTTH, Wi-Fi, WiMax and 3G/4G mobile.
Adam Dunstan, president and CEO at Active Broadband Networks, noted that DSL vectoring and pair bonding for residential subscribers are accelerating DSL connections to speeds that rival DOCSIS networks, and as a result DSL networks are facing the same increasing usage pressures.
“Recognizing this opportunity, Active Broadband has enhanced the capabilities of its core Dynamic Broadband Service Manager platform to enable the delivery of usage-based, user-managed services over DSL,” Dunstan said.
In an integrated, modular platform, the DBSM combines usage data collection, mediation and big data storage with policy-based service management. Company officials said it features a Web-based service creation platform for usage-based broadband services that powers subscriber self-service portals for usage monitoring and dynamic processing of on-demand service transactions.
Now, the RADIUS support will enable DSL network operators to measure, manage and monetize rapidly increasing broadband consumption, according to company officials.
With RADIUS accounting messages, the DBSM's Active Resource Manager software integrates data collection, mediation and storage with dynamic policy control to collect usage data streamed from the network. In addition, RADIUS Change of Authorization (CoA) messages apply service management policies to DSL service gateways.
Thanks to this latest announcement, DSL operators can now effectively measure usage for service and capacity planning. Moreover, they can also implement usage-based service and traffic management policies as well as monetize transaction-oriented, user-managed services leveraging dynamic service activation and control.
There are more than 300 million DSL subscribers worldwide, said Deb Osswald, research vice president of the Communications Service Provider (CSP) Operations program at IDC (News - Alert), adding that DSL has the largest penetration for last-mile wired broadband access and it is continuing to capture more broadband connections.
With consumers accessing increasingly rich media content over broadband, DSL providers need better ways to manage and monetize that usage, and Active Broadband is targeting an important, growing market opportunity, Osswald said.
Active Broadband Networks is a supplier of next-generation operation support system (OSS) solutions for broadband providers. It enables operators to measure, manage and monetize rapidly increasing broadband consumption.
Earlier this month, the company released an improved version of its software used mainly by cable operators.
Edited by Rich Steeves
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