Mauro Tilocca (TIM), BBF Board Member, talks about the latest BBF activities in its Open Broadband initiative, including the Broadband Access Abstration (OB-BAA) project.

Mauro Tilocca talks about the latest BBF activities in its Open Broadband initiative.

Open Broadband defined

Open Broadband (OB) is collaborative space for the integration and testing of new open source, standards-based and vendor provided implementations

  • A place for suppliers & operators to work together on new & coexisting solutions
  • Open Broadband Infrastructure (OB-I) is a common hardware & software platform for regional labs

Fulfilling industry requirements

The migration to Cloud-based, programmed, virtualized systems & co-existence with existing infrastructure provides the industry background for OB.
The goal is to fulfill these important industry requirements:
  • The acceleration of go-to-market and go-to-production for new high quality, services
  • Open Broadband is an open invitation to participate in a developer-friendly environment without undue financial, membership, proprietary or rigid technical constraints

Open Broadband provides ...

  • A new platform for the integration and testing of broadband related services (e.g. CloudCO, NFV/SDN, 5G, Ultrafast, IoT)
  • Alignment with open source techniques and focus on interoperability to mitigate deployment risks
  • A partnership with the open source community

How OB accelerates new services

  • OB builds trust and predictability, understanding of limitations, issues & calibrating likely performance in operational systems 
  • A realistic strategy for interop/co-existence/migration that have been viewed as a barrier to virtualization and dependent new revenue generating services
  • The step-by-step DevOps related actions:
    • Support for cross-platform development and testing of cloud-based solutions
    • A global approach to rapid service on-boarding
    • Developing reference models and test-beds for all aspects of a use case
    • Integrating industry interoperable open source & commercial cloud-based broadband solutions from suppliers and service providers
    • Avoidance of lock-in to proprietary solutions

Open Broadband Infrastructure

OB-I is a common hardware and software platform for an open laboratory. OB-I is a collaborative industry resource that encompasses proprietary, "open" source and standard implementations coming together to represent service provider existing and planned deployments. The discussion continues on the Open Broadband Labs page.

The Value of Open Broadband to the industry

Service providers



  • Accelerated time to market for new services and service platforms
  • Proving ground for business cases – mitigation of risks providing a test bed for application and service development, expanding opportunities and eliminating silos
  • Development collaboration, leveraging shared infrastructure, innovative solutions where Intellectual Property is respected and protected
  • A new top down service model for automated service management
  • Opportunity to create scalable implementations for a wide variety of client classes
  • Development collaboration, leveraging shared infrastructure to develop innovative solutions
  • Proving ground for functionality, interoperability and performance
  • Effective and neutral ground to ‘on board’ new apps and services
  • Protection of Intellectual Property developed within the framework

Collaboration between Open Broadband and other industry projects

  • OB-I is the infrastructure platform that will provide physical lab resources to facilitate integration, testing, etc.
    • With other organizations such as ETSI NFV ISG, ONF, IETF, etc.
    • With open source projects (OPNFV, Open-O, OCP, ONOS, OpenCORD, Open Daylight, OpenStack, etc.) will provide implementations into the Open Broadband
    • With BBF projects such as CloudCO, BBF service modeling, the virtualized broadband network
  • Open Broadband will provide input to those projects, including desired requirements, upstream code, etc.
  • Enables testing of integration for commercial deployments and vendor provided solutions

Final Word: What OB is not

  • Yet another “open source” project to implement an NFV Infrastructure or MANO system(s)
  • Not for proof-of-concept, experimental – its DevOps, business-oriented and deployment-focused