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TR-069: Still Sexy After All These Years

Robin Mersh
10/24/2013
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The complexity of the Connected Home environment across world markets is leading to a whole new life for the TR-069 protocol, also known as the CPE WAN Management protocol.

Originally developed by the Broadband Forum in 2004 as a way of remote provisioning for fixed-line network operators desperate to cut truck rolls, TR-069 became a de facto standard to help these operators stay competitive.

Today, a quarter of all broadband lines on the planet are managed by TR-069 and its management of devices has been expanded in line with changes in the type of devices needing to be managed (many devices can be managed from gateways to VoIP devices to set-top boxes). And the complexity you now see in the connected home environment in terms of technology (and the protocols used) is just not an issue for the continually evolving TR-069, as non-TR-069 devices can be proxy managed.

As more and more applications and devices become "off-the-shelf," this issue is compounded. As a result, simple but coordinated management is paramount right across the industry.

The success and adoption of TR-069 management is now acknowledged and endorsed by diverse players right across the broadband space: 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) , Small Cell Forum Ltd. , International Telecommunication Union, Standardization Sector (ITU-T) , European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) , Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) , and the Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) , for example, as well as of course the majority of broadband operators themselves. A significant step into the future for TR-069 has come in the past year or so, as cable operators have made public announcements about deploying TR-069 in their networks. This is proof of TR-069's ubiquity in broadband more generally, as well as -- dare I say it -- its future-proof role as networks move forward.

All these are major factors in the longevity of TR-069, and now BBF.069 Certification is helping take the protocol to more operators and widening its use from provisioning and network diagnostics to machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

Far from just having a great past, TR-069 shows all the signs of having a great, and significant, future too.

— Robin Mersh, CEO, Broadband Forum

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Robin Mersh
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Robin Mersh,
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10/30/2013 | 4:51:58 PM
Re: TR69 virtual and cloud ?
NFV for CPE is an interesting and complicated topic. The key issue will be what functions can and can't be virtualized in an RG. My guess is that at least for the foreseeable future some level of 'real' CPE will remain. What virtualization may bring is enhancements that can extend the capabilities of the RG.

On another note, here is another extension of the usefulness and ubiquity of TR-069 in broadband networks - TR-069 comes to satellite:http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11191176.htm
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10/25/2013 | 1:41:39 AM
TR69 virtual and cloud ?
With the advent of NFV to the CPE in the form of virtual CPE... does the role of TR69 strengthen or weaken ?
Carol Wilson
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10/24/2013 | 3:26:58 PM
Major success story
As forum-developed standards go, TR-69 is a major success story. It not only address some immediate and critical problems but also gave rise to a new generation of CPE and, as described above, it ain't done yet. 

I remember when this was launched - and not that much of what I worte about in 2004 is still interesting today.
Liz Greenberg
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Liz Greenberg,
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10/24/2013 | 2:09:17 PM
Re: TR-069
@DOShea...I thought maybe I was having flashbacks!  This is too cool to believe.  Yes the geeks who hash out these "standards" really do have a clue.  Of course, TR-069 is not sexy enough for marketing terminology but hey, Powell can rebrand it if it makes everybody happy to use it!
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DOShea,
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10/24/2013 | 10:44:01 AM
TR-069
Good to see TR-069 in the headlines, though with the cable industry getting interested, I wonder if Michael Powell will want to rebrand it, like he does with DOCIS 3.1.
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