BBWF 2018: Broadband Forum to premiere USP and OB-BAA demos at Interop Pavilion and host strategic Executive Workshop

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BERLIN, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Breakthrough solutions from 17 of Broadband Forum's innovative member companies – including the first-ever live demonstrations of the Broadband Forum's ground-breaking User Services Platform (USP) and its open source Open Broadband – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) initiative – will be showcased at the Broadband World Forum 2018 Interop Pavilion.

In addition, the Broadband Forum will host an Executive Workshop on the morning of Tuesday, 23 October to focus on the progress made to date in marrying open software with open standards and develop a plan for the industry to further accelerate convergence. Several major operators, vendors, software consortia, ecosystem partners and analysts will join the discussion, led by speakers and panelists from:

  • Operators: AT&T, BT, DT, TIM, Telstra, Vodafone
  • Vendors: ARRIS International Plc, Ericsson, Huawei, Juniper, Nokia, Plume, SoftAtHome
  • Software Consortia: prpl Foundation, Broadband Forum
  • Ecosystem Partners: EANTC, QA Cafe, University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL)
  • Analysts: Cartesian

USP and OB-BAA underline the increased collaboration, agility, and value that Broadband Forum is bringing to the broadband industry as it develops consensus around next-generation networks. Its ongoing work integrates the latest and upcoming trends, such as virtualization and cloudification, to provide the basis for a broadband infrastructure which is equipped for the next era of services, from the connected home to 5G.

Open-source innovations and software-based projects have been embraced, while the business case for service providers remains at the center of Broadband Forum's ethos. The organization now wants to further unify open-source and open standards.

"Two years ago, we brought together ten service providers to share their latest thinking on broadband networks and that set us off on a journey which has led us to the very exciting position we are in today," said Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh. "By leveraging the best of both open source and open standards, we can map the innovation taking place on to service providers' existing infrastructures, ensuring they can upgrade their networks cost-effectively and efficiently, with minimal disruption to end-users. With our Executive Workshop and ground-breaking solutions on show at the Interop Pavilion, Broadband World Forum 2018 will be the epicenter for a number of Broadband Forum hosted events that will shake the communications industry to its core."