SOURCE: Active Broadband Networks

Active Broadband Networks

May 13, 2015 13:08 ET

Active Broadband Announces Cost-Effective Solution for xDSL Providers to Increase Capacity at the Broadband Edge

Adds PPPoE Support to Its Software-Defined Network Gateway

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwired - May 13, 2015) - Active Broadband Networks, the emerging leader in software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) for broadband service providers, today announced the availability of PPPoE support for its Software-Defined Broadband Network Gateway (SD-BNG), providing a cost-effective alternative to xDSL providers deploying G.fast.

DSL remains the predominant broadband service delivery mechanism, with more than 60% of the world's broadband service delivered using this technology. During 2015, many DSL operators will begin to migrate to support G.fast, a DSL standard for local loops that improves broadband service performance over copper by providing speeds that exceed 100Mbps. As a consequence of making this upgrade, operators will need to revisit their broadband remote access servers/broadband network gateways (BRAS/BNG) infrastructure to accommodate the speed increases they are planning to deliver to their customers.

The SD-BNG from Active Broadband Networks is an all-software platform deployed virtually or as part of a cloud infrastructure. It consists of the Active Resource Controller (ARC), an SDN controller optimized for broadband service delivery with integrated orchestration, activation, analytics, vpolicy and QoE management, and the Active Programmable Gateway (APG), an all-software forwarding engine providing edge admission, forwarding and QoS functionality. Support for PPPoE is an enhancement of the SD-BNG platform's current IPoE support, and includes support for IPv6 and multicast.

"DSL is still the world's most broadly used broadband delivery mechanism, and development continues to unlock increased speeds, allowing copper to deliver competitive broadband services," said Adam Dunstan, co-founder and CEO of Active Broadband Networks. "As operators begin to deliver higher speeds and need to add capacity to the broadband edge by replacing existing BRAS, they will be unhappily surprised that the cost of replacement platforms -- the BNGs -- has not declined in-line with other components in the network. The SD-BNG addresses this issue by providing an all-software platform that leverages the server hardware and software ecosystem to dramatically reduce acquisition and ongoing operating costs."

Availability
The SD-BNG with support for PPPoE is currently available and is in testing at a number of major operators.

About Active Broadband Networks
Active Broadband Networks is the emerging leader in software-defined networking and network function virtualization for broadband service providers, allowing operators to leverage these emerging technologies today to streamline operations, introduce new services and applications, and manage and meet customers' QoE needs while addressing capital and operating costs. Founded in 2005, Active Broadband has the unique blend of core competencies, intellectual property and proven experience necessary to reduce the cost and complexity of the existing broadband service delivery infrastructure. Active Broadband's products have been successfully deployed in networks supporting millions of customers by broadband providers in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.