"The next era of broadband relies on open source and standards joining forces --now is the time to move forward together"
The unification of open source with open standards will be essential to the efficient and cost-effective delivery of emerging broadband access technologies and services, Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh commented.
Speaking during Broadband World Forum 2018, Mersh highlighted the agility and speed of open source as being crucial for operators looking to bring new programmability to their networks through visualization and cloud-based techniques.
Standards, he said, are needed to converge the industry on common architecture and migration approaches, and on the equipment requirements needed to make new advanced services a reality. Thus, standards play a key role in providing the migration paths that safeguard operators' existing asset investments and create opportunities for new service development and innovation.
"The future of broadband is dependent upon embracing the reality that open source and standards are interdependent," said Mersh. "While the agility and speed of open source is a vital element in developing the infrastructure needed to support 5G, the connected home, cloudification and bandwidth-hungry business services, standards create the large addressable markets and evolution plans necessary to bring current broadband networks forward. The Broadband Forum, with its Open Broadband initiative, is making this future requirement a reality today."
According to Mersh, operators looking to bring these qualities to their networks want to do so without unnecessarily disrupting their current environment.
"Operators don't want to throw away the hundreds of billions of dollars invested in infrastructure they already have," he continued. "This means we need to map open source innovations on to existing deployments so that new functionality can be added simply and with the highest possible return on invested capital and with minimal disruption to subscribers."
Mersh emphasized the importance of marrying open source and standards development by highlighting a number of Broadband Forum initiatives which are being carried out with open source innovators in mind. Projects are...