Cable Technology Feature Article
CableLabs Launches Cable's PeerConnect
By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor
PeerConnect is a CableLabs service connecting cable operators and their partners so they can exchange the data necessary to establish voice and video calls, SMS-MMS messages and other forms of IP communications between their respective networks.
To simply enable a secure, distributed service platform for the provisioning and distribution of session related data for SMS-MMS and Voice over IP communications, CableLabs has built the PeerConnect registry service working with its member companies and a vendor ecosystem.
The PeerConnect registry has been in production since 2009 and has been endorsed by several large and small cable operators in the United States and Canada.
“We have designed this service to accelerate the adoption of end-to-end IP communications and open up the possibilities for new real-time communication services” said Jean-François Mulé, CableLabs’ SVP of Technology Development and the PeerConnect program director since its inception. “We solved many parts of the dynamic and distributed provisioning issues by implementing Web Services and adopting an open protocol framework for data provisioning, resolution and replication working with numerous actors in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to agree on common standards.”
Allowing them to exchange the data necessary to establish voice and video calls, SMS messages and other forms of IP communications between their respective networks, the PeerConnect registry connects cable operators and their partners.
The registry service also allows CableLabs member companies deploying mobile wireless services to distribute the wireless numbers they serve to a variety of SMS-MMS service providers, the company stated in a press release.
In October 2010, the company announced that it was all set to release specifications for DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) for Business Services. When delivering IP and Ethernet services, the DPoE specifications will give cable operators a common method of using DOCSIS back office specifications and service concepts to provision and operate EPON-based (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) products.
Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Jennifer Russell