PacketFront Unveils Modular CPE

PacketFront launches modular CPE, revolutionizing the FTTH network deployments

October 8, 2008

3 Min Read

STOCKHOLM -- PacketFront, the pioneer in open-access broadband networking, is launching its new Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) series, the DRG Ease. DRG Ease is a modular CPE featuring six broadband products that is easily clicked on to each other forming one state-of-the-art product. The modular concept of DRG Ease allows network owners and service providers to effectively deploy broadband networks and offer services with limited initial investments. This is something quite unusual in such types of networks which are often intense in capital investment and have long return on investments (ROI).

DRG Ease is based on a “sandwich” principle starting with the Base module of passive fiber termination, and then followed by the active modules for control and delivery of broadband triple play services. Currently the modules offered are: Base, Access including CATV functions, Telephony, WiFi, Switch and a cable Organizer.

The Base module enables network owners to deploy FTTH (Fiber To The Home) at a limited cost compared to deploying products where costly active electronics are pre-integrated. The ease of use concept is proved through functional and purpose built design offering installation engineers an array of benefits when deploying fiber.

The versatility of DRG Ease enables greater earning potential with options for lifting end users to higher-value packages over time. The Access module with its option for integrated CATV functionality serves as home gateway providing control and management of the broadband connection and services. Troubleshooting per module is provided making this product extra suitable in open access environments where services, and thus service ownership, may come from third party service providers.

The service modules, Telephony, WiFi and Switch are easily clicked-on using magnets, allowing end users to do the installation themselves. “The threshold for end users to get e.g. broadband telephony, a wireless network or IPTV, must be made as low as possible”, Niclas Sonesson, CEO at PacketFront says. “In order to increase service-take-rate the simplicity and speed of installation as well ease-of use is important factors”. “This is where DRG Ease has its advantages, and one of the reasons for it’s excellence,” he continues.

In a separate release:

STOCKHOLM -- PacketFront, the pioneer in open-access broadband networking, is announcing its new Operations- and Business Support platform, the Broadband Business Engine (BBE) at the Broadband World Forum Europe 2008 in Brussels. BBE is composed of a set of “views”, or applications, that present the data for the user and the BBE Core framework. BBE Core is built as a modular framework, which gives the benefit of easy adoptions to future needs, and 3’rd party integration without losing underlying business rules.

The first version of the Broadband Business Engine can be equipped with any of the following applications:

  • BBE Admin, which is the BBE Core administration tool, allowing the Network Operator to manage some of the “behind the scenes” functionality, such as security- and inventory management.

  • SMT (Subscriber Management Tool), which is an application to manage services, products, customers and subscriptions.

  • HMT (Helpdesk Management Tool), which is an application that can be used by a helpdesk to see the actual status of a customers’ subscription.

  • SSP (Service Selection Portal), which gives the end users the possibility to activate and deactivate subscriptions in a friendly manner – in their own home.

The Broadband Business Engine offers cost efficient business operation by having all functionality in the same framework, with the same look and feel and cross-application functionality. Thanks to the flexible business logic in the framework, the Broadband Business Engine does not only enable Service Providers to create innovative product offerings and differentiation, but also enables powerful marketing- and statistics report generation.

The Broadband Business Engine framework is built on the TMF NGOSS standards, offering the flexibility to easily integrate external applications by using the SID model and clear mapping of supported eTOM processes.

"The Broadband Business Engine makes it possible to run the networks more cost efficient and easier to identify new business opportunities" says PacketFront CEO Niclas Sonesson. "BBE is therefore a very important and ground breaking application to help our customers enable even higher profitability in their networks."

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