ARRIS announced the first-ever User Services Platform (USP) deployment with a major operator.
According to ARRIS, the USP protocol is the natural evolution of the Broadband Forum’s flagship TR-069 protocol. It promises to enable faster, more efficient device management and control for operators, service providers, and consumers. It is based on the standardized protocol that the Broadband Forum developed to manage, monitor, upgrade and control connected devices in the home.
Integral to USP, ARRIS is launching two new ECO software components as part of our ARRIS HomeAssure home network management platform. With the addition of ECO Control and ECO Envoy, HomeAssure expands to include a USP Controller and a USP Agent. This complements the existing CPE WAN Management Protocol (TR-069) support that was already in place with ECO Manage. Other components include ECO Assist for CSRs, ECO Self-Services for the subscriber, ECO Monitor for network operations, and ECO Inquire for reporting.
For service providers, the benefits are even more vast, said ARRIS. USP allows multiple service providers to interact with devices in a secure manner through an always-on communications mechanism that can retrieve information from a specific device faster than ever. Security and privacy are also improved through role-based access control mechanisms, which allows various controllers to be assigned different sets of permissions based on the service elements with which they need to interact. In addition, USP defines both protocol-level encryption and application-level security, so even in scenarios where communications are proxied through an intermediary, the data is still safe.