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Active Broadband Introduces Groundbreaking Virtual Network Function to Virtualize the Broadband Edge

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Active Broadband Introduces Groundbreaking Virtual Network Function to Virtualize the Broadband Edge

Moves Complex Edge Functionality of Hardware Routers into Software to Enable NFV

Framingham, MA – February 19, 2014 Active Broadband Networks, the emerging leader in Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) for broadband service providers, today announced a new virtual, all-software forwarding engine that moves broadband edge processing functions off edge routers into software, eliminating the need for complex, expensive and inflexible edge routers and enabling broadband operators to directly connect customers to their cloud.

The Active Programmable Gateway (APG) is the all-software forwarding engine element of the Software-Defined Broadband Network Gateway (SD-BNG), a platform that also consists of the Active Resource Controller (ARC), an SDN controller optimized for broadband service delivery with integrated orchestration, activation, analytics, policy and QoE management. The new APG-Virtual Network Function (APG-VNF) enables edge admission, forwarding and QoS functionality to be deployed as virtual machines in an operator’s cloud.  Using the SD-BNG with the APG-VNF, operators can directly connect customers’ edge connectivity services to network, compute, storage and application services elastically provisioned within their cloud without the cost and complexity of legacy edge routers.  The APG-VNF provides physical and logical connectivity integrating Linux virtualization and containers to enable flexible customer and infrastructure capabilities.  The APG-VNF supports popular fixed broadband termination and access mechanisms orchestrated and managed by the ARC.

“2015 will be the year of capex challenges for service providers, and they will have to be very selective in addressing capacity with simplified flexible vendor solutions. Their future architectures need to help them be less risk adverse, able to provide rapid agile provisioning, and quick service creation. Active Broadband has reimagined packet forwarding beyond the constraints of Layer 2, Layer 3 and complex interaction with routing,” said Ray Mota, CEO of ACG Research. “The company has taken a unique and elegant approach to leveraging the benefits of virtualization to bring a new level of agility to broadband service providers.”

“Our customers are moving to take advantage of cloud technologies in the delivery of network service much more quickly than we anticipated,” said Adam Dunstan, co-founder and CEO of Active Broadband Networks. “By connecting customers directly to the cloud, operators avoid the cost and complexity of service functions in edge routers, unlocking functionality and efficiency that can result in meaningful competitive advantage.”


Active Broadband’s APG-VNF expands the flexibility of the SD-BNG, and is available today.


About Active Broadband Networks

Active Broadband Networks is the emerging leader in software-defined networking and network function virtualization for broadband service providers, allowing operators to leverage these emerging technologies today to streamline operations, introduce new services and applications, and manage and meet customers’ QoE needs while addressing capital and operating costs.  Founded in 2005, Active Broadband has the unique blend of core competencies, intellectual property and proven experience necessary to reduce the cost and complexity of the existing broadband service delivery infrastructure.   Active Broadband’s products have been successfully deployed in networks supporting millions of customers by broadband providers in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

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