As an open standards development organization, Broadband Forum helps accelerate broadband innovation, standards, and ecosystem development across the industry. Broadband Forum’s latest release, the TR-466 framework, will bring the next phase of cloud computing innovation according to the organization.
The TR-466 ‘Metro Compute Networking: Use Cases and High Level Requirements’ from Broadband Forum is a framework for creating a new metro-compute networking architecture that would ensure a better user experience by shifting applications or content to the network’s lower edge tiers.
On top of the cloud-based broadband network, the metro-compute networking architecture would incorporate in-depth integration of computing and network with the goal of linking isolated edge sites – such as Broadband Forum’s CloudCO – as one cloud to serve edge computing services.
“The latest release of TR-466 represents a big step for the industry as the standard will help cloud providers and operators overcome the routing and scalability challenges at the edge,” said George Dobrowski, SDN/NFV Work Area Co-Director at Broadband Forum. “Furthermore, it enables virtualization and disaggregation of edge elements and nodes to run applications in proximity to the customer where latency is important. This is particularly important for enterprise networks and will provide a shareable infrastructure for customers that can be seamlessly managed with reduced complexity.”
“Our work enables faster and more efficient provisioning of low-latency and high-bandwidth edge computing services,” added Mr. Dobrowski. “TR-466 perfectly complements the Forum’s in-progress work on WT-474 subscriber session steering, which can deliver flexible on-demand bandwidth that detects traffic changes and automatically scales to preserve the user experience. This is achieved by utilizing compute-aware routing and dynamic session steering, as demonstrated at Broadband World Forum. These specifications enable operators to unlock new revenue-generating services.”
China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom
Because operators already control a significant number of edge locations, edge computing would bring a unique opportunity for them. The method, on the other hand, is designed to work alongside existing legacy edge investments. This would allow businesses to evolve into an ICT service provider, adapting their business offering from bandwidth to network connection, computation, and storage to give service information and content rather than simply capacity. Edge sharing will allow providers to save money on asset investment and operation and maintenance (O&M) costs for OTT streaming, gaming, and virtual reality services.
Some of the world’s largest and most innovative operators have identified the potential of Metro-Compute Networking, with lab and field studies involving major activity in China, including China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. In addition, after the publication of TR-466, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) is developing a new research group, RISE, that will pursue a similar path in Q4 2021. TR-466, according to its proponents, is a critical step in assisting them in achieving the essential ICT transformation.
“Until now, no industry standards organization has considered the possible impact on multi-service broadband networks under the trend of edge computing or addressing the unique challenges that this has presented,” said Bruno Cornaglia, SDN/NFV Work Area Co-Director at Broadband Forum. “This latest Broadband Forum work will see us play a critical role in edge computing and utilize the virtualized network infrastructure to enable carriers to increase revenue via edge cloud services.”