The CO in the Cloud – A Worldwide Demonstration

The above video interview with the current Vice President of Business Development and Marketing and soon-to-be CEO of the Broadband Forum, Craig Thomas, provides an overview of the 2023 CloudCO (Central Office) demonstration and its importance to service operators, vendors, and, ultimately, consumers.

The CloudCO approach disaggregates and virtualizes network functions, allowing service providers to efficiently and quickly respond to market demands. The inherent interoperability of the CloudCO means service providers can mix and match elements to optimize their network. Those elements can reside anywhere there is satisfactory connectivity and computing power.

Led by the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab, this multi-month effort culminated in a demonstration by ten vendors at NetworkX in Paris. Demonstrations of applications included clientless secure work from home, parental controls, and virtualized OMCI (ONU Management Control Interface). The complete video, which will be soon posted on the BBF website, provides more detail on those developments.

It was Viodi’s privilege to help document the Broadband Forum’s 2023 CloudCO demonstration. The UNH campus and the surrounding town of Durham, where most of the filming took place, are lovely. It is the people – Lincoln, Mara, Phil, Rajesh, Tom, and, of course, Craig – who helped document this project that made it a memorable experience for this author.

The BBF’s sponsorship of the above video is much appreciated. Stay tuned for additional updates about the BBF and Viodi in a future post.

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