Active Broadband Networks, the leading supplier of software-defined broadband service management solutions, announced that its Dynamic Broadband Service Manager (DBSM)now incorporates software-defined networking (SDN) technologies that transform the delivery of broadband services. This new SDN controller solution allows network operators to easily deploy an intelligent, software-defined service layer for the common control and active management of broadband services across different types of access networks, including cable, DSL, FTTH and WiFi.
"The increasing cost and complexity of managing broadband services is a result of the functional constraints of proprietary software embedded in network elements and the performance limitations of existing OSS/BSS solutions," said Adam Dunstan, CEO of Active Broadband. "Moving control plane and performance-critical network functions into SDN software running on high-performance server platforms will transform how broadband services are offered and allow network operators to tailor services to the individual needs of subscribers. The DBSM is the first of a new breed of SDN controller for service management applications to gain full visibility into and direct control over subscriber traffic flows at the broadband edge by exploiting the capabilities of SDN-enabled network elements."
"A key goal of service providers is to use SDN technology to 'listen' to their networks, dynamically analyze that information, then make on-the-fly adjustments to traffic patterns in order to make the network run hotter -- which lowers capex -- and deliver a better quality of experience to higher paying subscribers," stated Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. "Active Broadband is using SDN technology to overcome the limitations found in most legacy policy, network management, and OSS/BSS software. Their new SDN-enabled service management product set is designed for the broadband edge, which can immediately benefit from these new technologies. Operators can deploy dynamically managed services that are monetized based on application type, connection speed, bandwidth consumption, and time of day."