Drive the pain out of Connected Home management

Drive the pain out of Connected Home management

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One of the biggest headaches in the Connected Home is installing and managing new products. But with the introduction of the new Broadband Forum BBF.069 CPE Certification, this challenge is set to become a thing of the past, ushering in new levels of interoperability within the broadband industry.

The BBF.069 Certification is an industry first, and sends a clear and simple message to the industry, confirming that Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) vendors meet operator and service provider requirements.

Certification has substantial advantages for all participants in the value chain, offering service providers an enhanced level of confidence that certified customer premise devices will interoperate better with their remote management Auto-Configuration Servers. It also helps equipment and system vendors reduce testing overheads, and enables them to easily market their products – increasing their ability to address a much larger market overall.

Register for this free Webinar sponsored by Broadband Forum to hear Jason Walls, Director of Technical Marketing for QA Cafe and Lincoln Lavoie, Senior Engineer for UNH-IOL discuss these exciting new options and how they can position your products for global success:

  • Learn how certification helps you verify and promote best-in-class quality for your CPE products and broadband services
  • Hear how the certification process works and what it takes to earn the BBF.069 logo and get your products listed as BBF.069 certified
  • Gain insight on who is already taking advantage of BBF.069 certification: CPE vendors and service providers alike

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Q&A
  • Nicole Ramson
    Nicole Ramson May 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you for all your questions today, this Q&A is now closed. You can email your questions to Lincoln Lavoie by sending them to lylavoie@iol.unh.edu or Jason Walls by sending them to jason@qacafe.com

  • Matthias Hofmann May 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Since new functioanlity will continuously be added to the TR-069 based specs (e.g. TR-232), what is the plan to reflect or include these changes into the conformance test plan?

    • Lincoln Lavoie
      Lincoln Lavoie May 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Hello Matthias, as more features are added to the TR-069 specifications, the certification program will be maintained and augmented. In TR-232, the new optional features will drive new test requirements that are conditional on the CPE’s support of the new features. CPE that don’t support the new optional features would not be required to meet the conditional test requirement(s), since the CPE doesn’t meet the condition.

  • James Taylor May 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    If a minor change is made to the TR069 implementation, is a complete re-test required again or is there a way for vendors to make a declaration and receive approval for a firmware update?

    • Lincoln Lavoie
      Lincoln Lavoie May 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Hello James, If the changes are being made to the TR-069 implementation, yes, a re-test is required to ensure the product still meets the requirements of the certification program. If the change is similar to re-branding the CPE for a specific service provider, a re-test may not be required, however, that decision ultimately is what the service provider or customer will accept.

  • fazlee May 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    hi nicole…can i get copy of the presentation as well..thanks

    • Nicole Ramson
      Nicole Ramson May 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Not a problem at all.

      • Atif May 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm

        Me too please Nicole.

        Thanks

  • Lincoln Lavoie
    Lincoln Lavoie May 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Hello Jim, Yes, your company needs to be a member of the Broadband Forum to be listed as a certified CPE device on the website. Membership is also required for access to the detailed test plan, IR-069.

    • Rich Bayliss May 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      If I am registered when the test is performed, and subsequently do not renew – will my product stay as “certified”?

      • Lincoln Lavoie
        Lincoln Lavoie May 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

        Hello Rich, Yes, your product will remain certified, however, the Broadband Forum website only lists the certified products for companies that are current members of the forum. There may also be restrictions on the use of the logos by non-member companies.

  • FranciscoJMoreno May 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Has the certification been officially validated ? by what entity? Did the TEst Plan undergo review/feedback by companies in the Broadband Forum?

    • Jason Walls
      Jason Walls May 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Francisco,

      The test plan is an official BBF document and went through the contribution and review process. In addition, there was a beta testing period that was used to validate the test scripts and testing process. The UNH-IOL is ISO certified to perform the testing as well.

  • Lincoln Lavoie
    Lincoln Lavoie May 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Hello Francisco, If your company is already a Broadband Forum member, you can register to attend the next meeting via the Broadband Forum website (www.broadband-forum.org), which does require a login account. There is a form to fill our to request a login if needed. If your company is not currently a member, you can join the forum at this link: http://www.broadband-forum.org/about/join.php

  • jvale May 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    the TR143 is a good solution to measure the net speed until 500 Mbps (gpon access ) ?
    regards
    vale

    • Jason Walls
      Jason Walls May 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      TR-143 specified many of the diagnostic objects and parameters used in the InternetGatewayDevice:1 and Device:1 and Device:2 data models. There is work being done in the Broadband Forum for larger scope network performance monitoring.

  • Robert Sean Ogilvy May 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    thanks Jason. I’ m surprised that devices are not already provisioned before being installed. but anyway useful information.. thank you.

    • Jason Walls
      Jason Walls May 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      No problem Rob! In most cases, it’s used in a self install scenario – the device is already provisioned with the ACS URL, but things such as user credentials or customer specific WiFi parameters will be set up. Providers can also provision services specific to the subscriber’s products they are purchasing from the provider.

  • Arjan Reurich May 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    How we can download the presentation

    • Nicole Ramson
      Nicole Ramson May 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Aran, I will send you the presentation directly. Regards, nicole

  • Lincoln Lavoie
    Lincoln Lavoie May 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Hello Francisco, The BBF.069 certification does not directly test interoperability with different ACS equipment, the testing is based on conformance to the standard. We have used certified CPE in interoperability tests with ACS equipment in our lab and seen significant improvements in behavior over the non-certified CPE equipment. The Broadband Forum is also discussing the creation of an interoperability program to run in parallel, and leverage the BBF.069 certification. There is still time to participate in the discussion of the interoperability program, if you would like to participate in the BBF meetings.

    • FranciscoJMoreno May 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      How can I say “NO” to that invitate? :) . Please send info.

  • Rich Bayliss May 14, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    How would the testing work, if the product uses TR-069 with a non-standard data model. For example, a data model detailing a home energy monitor (as example)?

    • Jason Walls
      Jason Walls May 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Rich,

      If the data model is non-standard, and uses vendor extensions, that’s completely fine. The tests focus on protocol functionality, so as long as the appropriate parameters used for testing are known ahead of time it can be tested using the program or the official test platform.

      • Rich Bayliss May 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

        That’s great. Thanks.

        • Jason Walls
          Jason Walls May 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm

          No problem! If you have additional questions on how any of that works, feel free to email us.

  • FranciscoJMoreno May 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Does the Certification include actual Interoperability Testing agains different ACSs?

  • Jason Walls
    Jason Walls May 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Rich,

    You can certify software stacks, but it must be on a reference design platform to be certified. The certification doesn’t filter down by proxy; the individual devices must still be tested, but you can use the certification to assure those who are implementing your stack in their devices that it will pass much more easily.

  • jvale May 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Hi,
    the certification process includes TR181 ?
    regards,
    vale

    Hi,
    the TR111 was not a good solution to manage the devices on the LAN, there are plans in broadbandforum to create a new protocol for manage the this devices ?
    regards
    vale

    • Lincoln Lavoie
      Lincoln Lavoie May 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Hello Jvale, The BBF.069 certification is independent of the data-model implemented on the CPE. So the certification can apply to newer devices implementing the TR-181 data-models and older CPE based on the TR-098 data-model. Jason is going to answer your second question.

    • Jason Walls
      Jason Walls May 14, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      TR-111 was deprecated, and the methods for NAT traversal were incorporated into TR-069 Annex G. There is work in progress for alternative methods of NAT traversal for ACS Connection Requests.

  • Rich Bayliss May 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Is it going to be possible to certify a software stack, rather than an individual CPE model? Therefore, as a software house we could advertise our stack as compliant, and by proxy any CPE using it?

  • FranciscoJMoreno May 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Is there currenlty a wait period before one can take a device for Certification?

    • Lincoln Lavoie
      Lincoln Lavoie May 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Hello Francisco, our current lead times for BBF.069 certification testing is about 1-2 weeks.

  • Robert Sean Ogilvy May 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    you mentioned that there were 150 million TR69 devices out there. What is the top use case by service providers?

    • Jason Walls
      Jason Walls May 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      The most common use case from the inception of TR-069 firmware version management on the devices. Initial provisioning is also a big one; eliminating the need for a support visit to set up the gateway. As TR-069 has expanded, providers are also using it to manage other devices in the home and use the TR-069 software module management system to add additional functionality/services to existing deployments.

  • Jason Walls
    Jason Walls May 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Other than getting them to implement TR-069, TR-069 Amendment 3 explains how to use a gateway that supports TR-069 as a proxy for non-TR-069 devices in the home.

  • FranciscoJMoreno May 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    What is the actual test time for a typical test suite?
    What is the Cost of te Certification?

    • Lincoln Lavoie
      Lincoln Lavoie May 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Hello Francisco, The BBF.069 certification testing typically takes about 6 days to complete, including the formal reporting. For questions about costs, please contact info@iol.unh.edu.

  • Arjan Reurich May 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Are there plans to describe the use of XMPP within TR-69

    • Jason Walls
      Jason Walls May 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      There is currently work in progress for using XMPP for NAT traversal when attempting Connection Requests from the ACS.

  • Jason Walls
    Jason Walls May 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    The full list of certified devices can be found here:
    http://www.broadband-forum.org/certifiedtr069.php

  • JimDev May 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    How do I become a Broadband Forum member?

  • Arjan Reurich May 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    What are the costs to certify CPE device

    • Lincoln Lavoie
      Lincoln Lavoie May 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Hello Arjan, please contact info@iol.unh.edu for information regarding certification costs.

  • Howard Moore May 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    You mentioned the TR-069 devices were backwards compatible with older standards. How can a service provider manage the CPE though when the customer may have their own device which is not TR-069 compatible? What are some limitations with having some devices TR-069 and others not at that standard?

    • Jason Walls
      Jason Walls May 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Other than getting them to implement TR-069, TR-069 Amendment 3 explains how to use a gateway that supports TR-069 as a proxy for non-TR-069 devices in the home.

  • Alex Dick May 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Can the testing process be performed remotely or do products need to shipped to the lab?

    • Lincoln Lavoie
      Lincoln Lavoie May 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Hello Alex, The products do need to be present in the lab for testing. This is need for some test cases that require the engineer to modify a setting on the CPE through a non-TR-069 mechanism to ensure the CPE sends the appropriate TR-069 notification messages.

  • Jason Walls
    Jason Walls May 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    TR-069 Amendment 4 Annex G describes the methods for getting a device behind a NAT to be able to receive connection requests. A device behind a gateway can usually initiate connections to the ACS just fine, but yes, STUN is one of the current methods of NAT traversal.

  • Andry May 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    which companies except Lantiq and CenturyLink are certified today?

  • Lincoln Lavoie
    Lincoln Lavoie May 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Testing generally takes about 5-6 days to complete a full round of testing, including the production of the final report.

  • ThomasH May 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Is there a plan to establish a certification
    lab in Europe?

    • Lincoln Lavoie
      Lincoln Lavoie May 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      Hello Thomas, currently there is not a plan to add additional labs. However, this may change if the demand for the program increases to a level requiring multiple labs. The UNH-IOL does work with companies from around the world.

  • Nora May 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I am having audio issues, or is it only me ?

  • Arjan Reurich May 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    How a CPE device behind a modemrouter is able to connect to the ACS and vice versa if the modemrouter is TR 69 enabled. Is STUN the connection mechanism? In our case we would like to remotely manage a MoCA device behind a modemrouter.

  • JimDev May 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Does my company need to be a Broadband Forum member to test?

  • JimDev May 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    How long does testing take?