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Published on March 15, 2021
The connected world is now much bigger in scope and scale, and service providers are feeling added pressure to deliver a seamless, quality user experience to subscribers and tap into new business opportunities to drive revenue.
With the advent of smart home technology, operators need a way to control the connected home business model. This requires a new management platform which offers remote visibility and management of gateways, CPEs, and connected devices, regardless of device type or network access technology. Enter User Services Platform (USP), the focus of this FAQ.
User Services Platform (USP) is the revolutionary standard that builds on the Broadband Forum's TR-069 specification. In January 2018, the Broadband Forum Connected Home Council ratified the USP 1.0 standard (TR-369), and a 1.1 amendment to the USP specification occurred in Fall 2019.
USP provides the standards-based platform for next-generation operator services such as managed Wi-Fi, third-party applications, wireless meshes, smart-home automation, IoT, and customer self-care. USP TR-369 service enablement builds on the widely deployed TR-069, along with critical new functionality including:
USP represents a natural evolution of CWMP (CPE WAN Management Protocol), a sort of “TR-069 2.0” intended to be faster, lighter weight, and more secure. USP will be less 'noisy' than TR-069 in terms of message exchange, and more efficient in establishing a session between a device and a controller. USP’s approach of service elements and controllers results in a simpler, lighter message set reducing complexity and increasing performance, all while maintaining backwards compatibility with TR-069.
The adoption of USP is also driven by the improvements it offers over TR-069, which include:
Not yet. Commercial availability of next-generation TR-369 capable devices from hardware vendors is still in its early stages. However, service providers are looking to stay ahead of the curve, so there is active interest in TR-369 from telecom operators.
TR-069 devices will remain in operator networks for several years as there are over 1 billion TR-069 installations globally as of 2018. For this reason, a unified device management solution that supports both TR-369 and TR-069 capable devices is recommended.
TR-369 capable devices vary per network equipment vendor, but recent production deployment examples span 5G fixed wireless CPEs and STBs. DOCSIS enabled gateways and PON network equipment are in development, and assume future DSL modem, IP phone, and VoIP device support for TR-369.
There are many benefits associated with using TR-369 or TR-069 to provision and manage end-user devices. In addition to using an industry standard approach for device integration, TR-369, TR-069, and their extensions allow you to:
Yes. Consider the scenario of both gateway and DOCSIS cable modem residing in the same device. The gateway can be managed by a different OSS system using TR-369 or TR-069, and the cable modem is managed by another system using DOCSIS or SNMP.
Yes. USP supports backwards compatibility with the TR-181 data model, so you can deploy the User Services Platform to support TR-069 devices if you don’t have an Auto Configuration Server (ACS) today.
ACS and USP can run alongside each other, with USP managing the TR-369 devices, and ACS managing TR-069 and SNMP devices. This hybrid architecture approach eases the operator transition over the next few years. Although, it’s vital to remember that only one system can manage a TR-069 device at a single time.
Yes. You can further extend digital channels by supplementing your customer care solutions with TR-369 USP and/or TR-069 ACS retrieved device data, which previously was a key integration challenge for internal development teams. Now, you can rapidly deliver subscriber self-service functions and equip field technicians with operational tools, all while using your existing BSS assets such as existing self-care portals and mobile apps.
To learn more about the next-generation device management and data collection standard, and get perspectives from global service providers on the business value that User Services Platform could deliver, visit Incognito’s USP Insights page.