Automated Open Access
EntryPoint's Dynamic Open Access platform marks a shift in Fiber-to-the-Home networks because it combines advanced networking tools with the significant benefits of the Open Access model. The result is a platform which enables innovation by providing a trusted platform to deploy new services, invite competition to cultivate market forces in both customer service and pricing and give users an intuitive and easy to use interface. Historically, a number of cities have pursued Open Access models for municipal fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments because of the potential for giving consumers choice in service providers and creating more vibrant communities by fostering competition. However, until now, Open Access deployments have lacked sufficient automation and software control to enable the full potential of the Open Access model.
Open Access Meets the Data Center
EntryPoint believes the future of Open Access will be in an integration of the historical concept of Open Access with technological advances from cloud services in data centers.
It was software automation, virtualization and programmability that enabled the leap forward in Cloud services in Data Centers. The same leap forward can be realized in edge networks by providing a control architecture that automates the operation of the network to simplify the introduction of new network services and applications. This framework makes it easy for service providers to rapidly deploy services and applications over the infrastructure.
Current FTTP network deployments are in an analogous state to where data centers were before the sea change that came to be known as cloud computing. Like cloud control architectures that transformed data centers into cloud computing infrastructures, what is needed to unlock the potential of edge networks is a network control architecture that not only automates the management of network resources, but also allows new services and applications to be created, deployed and decommissioned in a highly dynamic and secure fashion.
With EntryPoint’s automated Open Access, subscribers will have the ability to easily reach out into a cloud of service providers and select a service provider in an ecosystem supporting a growing number of services.
By bringing together the open access model with software defined infrastructure, virtualization, and automation, these distinctive elements combine to enable the following functional benefits:
On-Demand Self Service: A network subscriber (customer) can automatically provision or decommission services as desired at any time and have those choices realized in real time in the network without assistance from network personnel.
Multi-tenancy: In modern data centers, resources are shared by multiple tenant’s and virtualization is used to logically separate and protect the autonomy of each tenant. This same concept is applied to edge networks and each network stakeholder (Network Operator, Service Providers, Subscribers) are given their own slice of the network using virtualization and logically isolated resources at the Subscriber Edge on the Virtual Broadband Gateway.
Rapid Provisioning: Network automation, software defined networking, and virtualization are used to make it possible and easy for subscribers to provision services in seconds.
Minimal On-going Management: User friendly interfaces, automation, virtualization, and SDN minimizes the need for interaction with network technicians.
Pay-as-You-Go: Automation makes it possible for Network Operators to give subscribers and service providers the ability to dynamically create and tear down virtual networks for various applications and services; which in turn makes it possible to offer pay-as-you-go models that mirror actual usage.
Open API’s: Open API’s make it possible for users to effortlessly interact with other resources, opportunities and platforms as they become available.
Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device Access: The system provides isolated virtual channels for Network Operators, Service Providers, and Subscribers. All three stakeholders can then access their network resources anytime, anywhere within the network territory on mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and workstations giving subscribers a sense of location independence.
Implications for IoT: Proponents of the Internet of Things (IoT) anticipate a future where devices, systems, and services around the world are interconnected across a common network (typically the Internet) and are able to interact in ways that fundamentally enhance the way we live our lives. Far beyond current concepts of machine to machine communications, the IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that span all industry sectors and communities. From heart monitoring implants, to smart energy grids, and emergency services that assist firefighters and police officers in search and rescue, the IoT has transformative potential. Should all of these IoT “things” be connected to the public internet? EntryPoint’s automated Open Access platform makes it possible to deploy automated private networks that look and feel like the internet but have unique privacy and security advantages and control over reliability that is relevant for many commercial and residential IoT applications.
Implications for Smart Cities: The majority of the global population now lives in cities and this trend is expected to continue. The challenges faced by cities will continue to escalate as the concentration of people living in cities increases. Among the many challenges faced by cities, a critically important issue is the necessity to remain economically viable and attractive to residents because of high quality broadband connectivity. A growing number of cities globally view broadband infrastructure as an essential utility. The EntryPoint platform provides new flexibility and control to manage broadband infrastructure - including connected City Infrastructure.
Tom Wheeler - FCC Chairman 2013-2017
"My conviction that we are on the cusp of when our broadband networks will prove even more transformative than the networks of the 19th century is based upon this: broadband networks are new in a new way. The new way is the evolution from hardware-based networks to ones that are software based. The effect of this is the virtuous cycle where new applications are enabled by broadband, which drives the next generation applications and the next generation broadband."
"There are multiple benefits of the network’s evolution from hardware to software. First, we are moving from networks with limited functions, to a world in which software expands network capabilities and makes them available to a wide variety of non-traditional applications. As one person recently put it, networks are moving from a SIP world to an API world. The result will unleash innovation in both the network and in applications. Another impact of software replacing hardware is that the cost of expanding network capabilities decreases. Finally, the evolution to software defined networks with virtualized components means that network operating expenses decrease."
"If we allow fiber and other technologies to develop unconstrained by bandwidth, consumers and our economy will reap the benefits. I rarely get pushback when I say that meaningful competition in this market is lacking. And competition is the most effective tool for driving deployment of next generation networks. Fiber is a critical part of our future and we need networks that are fast, fair, and open to take advantage of the amazing innovations that are being developed every day."