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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Active Broadband Networks, the leading supplier of software-defined broadband service management solutions, today 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."

Operating as an SDN controller, the DBSM uses the OpenFlow protocol to dynamically activate services and manage subscriber traffic flows through SDN-enabled network elements at the broadband edge. OpenFlow structures communication between the control and data planes of SDN-enabled network infrastructure, and allows the DBSM to directly implement service management policies for fine-grained control of subscriber traffic flows.

Active Broadband Networks Inc.

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