PacketFront introduces new BBE features for City Carriers

PacketFront Software announces new BBE functions to support City Carriers’ operations and interaction with Service Providers.

Service Providers can now manage customer address registers, service provisioning and troubleshooting via Hubory’s web portal. This means, for example, that service providers can access multiple open access networks via a single interface rather than working directly in operators’ systems or using manual processes. The integration between Hubory and BBE also improves GDPR compliance as no customer sensitive information is sent over the interface.

The second new feature is a report suite to accommodate City Carriers’ requirements for standard reporting for various purposes, such as:

  • Service Provider invoicing
  • Follow-up of economic data
  • Statistics

Even if standardized, it is easy to select what information is presented in each report.

The report suite reduces the need for customized reports and makes sure that all templates are fully tested and supported in new software releases. As a result, the already smooth software upgrade process becomes even faster than today.

PacketFront Software and Mintly Oy sign Partnership

PacketFront Software, which develops and sells Network Orchestration solutions for Data Centers, Service Providers and Campus networks, has signed a partnership agreement with Mintly Oy. The agreement covers distribution of PacketFront Software’s products in Finland.

Mintly provides the latest knowledge and solutions within data networks, security and infrastructure to ensure innovation, reliability and providing a competitive edge for its customers. Mintly has established partnerships with leading technology companies to operate high quality Data networks and information security solutions.

This partnership further strengthens Mintly’s product portfolio by including PacketFront Software’s BECS orchestrator, which provides network automation to achieve cost efficient operation, service innovation and elimination of human errors. BECS offers e.g. an out of the box solution, for Juniper based Data Centers and MPLS networks.

PacketFront Software and SEC Datacom AS sign partnership

PacketFront Software, which develops and sells solutions for MPLS VPN and Data Center network orchestration, has signed a partnership agreement with SEC Datacom AS. The agreement covers distribution of PacketFront Software products in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

SEC Datacom is a well-recognized distributor and competence center supporting Telecom and Datacom operators with a large product portfolio consisting of leading vendors. The partnership further strengthens the portfolio by including PacketFront Software’s BECS orchestrator, which automates the build-out and operation of networks. For example, BECS provides support for Data Center underlay and overlay configuration. The result is error-free, fully documented networks meeting high SLA requirements.

GDPR Support in Latest Versions of BECS and BBE

BECS and BBE, new functionality included for GDPR compliance

In the recent BECS 3.14.0 and BBE 2.1.0 releases we have added a number of functions to support GDPR. The main features are:

  1. An operator can easily remove sensitive end-user data. By using the GUI or APIs in these products, the operator can swiftly remove data when an end-customer has requested to be forgotten once their service(s) has terminated.
  2. The newly introduced Person Data Report in BBE collects current and historical information about end-customers and can be presented in an organized format if requested by an end-customer.
  3. For operators using registration via portal service, new functionality in the Service Selection Portal (SSP) API allows an operator to choose whether sensitive end-user data is stored in the BBE database or is only relayed to a Service Provider.

Professional Services assistance

Operators needing assistance with BECS or BBE upgrade are welcome to contact PacketFront Software’s Professional Services. The team can advise and assist as system configuration may need to be updated in BBE in order to follow the GDPR regulation. Please visit https://pfsw.com/contact-us/ for full contact details.

What is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The GDPR is a comprehensive regulation that unifies data protection in all EU countries. It will directly apply in all EU member states from 25 May 2018. The GDPR has a very broad territorial scope and will apply to any organization that manages the personal data of individuals who are based in the EU, regardless where the organization is registered. The GDPR requires organizations to implement reasonable data protection measures to protect the personal data of consumers and employees against data loss or exposure. To achieve that goal, the law regulates all areas related to data management and processing, from obtaining user consent to setting up company-wide data protection practices and handling data breach incidents.

PacketFront Software and Keypro cooperate to automate passive and active networks

Today, Keypro Oy and PacketFront Software announce a cooperation between the companies to significantly improve the integration between passive network inventory and active network orchestration. The solution is based on Keypro’s KeyCom and PacketFront Software’s BBE and BECS products.

The combined solution brings radical time and quality improvements. It also makes the whole process from the passive infrastructure planning to the end-customer service activation an integrated and automated workflow. The improved process is faster and also reduces the risk of human errors.

Connecting passive network information to BBE’s customer data enables the solution to automatically reserve, verify and document the required passive network resources.

Timo Kuusela, VP Marketing and Sales, PacketFront Software says: ”Our first reference customer Karis Telefon has proven that network build-out and operations can be automated to a very high degree. This doesn’t only reduce the total OPEX, but also benefits end customers who experience fast service response and high quality from the operator.”

Toni Paila, CEO, Keypro says: ”Keypro continuously seeks for novel ways of improving the business of network owners. Our core strategy is to achieve this through strategic partnerships. Now, this collaboration with PacketFront truly shows the level of efficiency that automated network orchestration with our KeyCom network inventory can achieve.”

Patrik Gustafsson, CTO, Karis Telefon says: ”Integration has significantly reduced the time and effort needed in operations due to automated processes. For example, with pre-connected circuit to customer’s address, a customer can enjoy services in minutes after ordering.”

Join us at FTTH Conference 2018 in Valencia, Spain. Karis Telefon will tell more about the solution in Workshop ‘Fast, efficient and reliable FTTH roll out. Hand-on experiences from the Nordic region’ on the 13th of February. You will also find us in exhibition booths B14 and B21.

Contact information

Timo Kuusela, VP Marketing and Sales

+46 70 658 8483

timo.kuusela@pfsw.com

Toni Paila, Chief Executive Officer

+358 50 483 7389

toni.paila@keypro.fi

About PacketFront Software

PacketFront Software delivers automated multi-vendor network management solutions since 2001 through the unique OSS/BSS systems BECS and BBE, which provide zero touch configuration and automated service provisioning for any IP network hardware and topology. Our active API enables easy and flexible integration to existing OSS/BSS systems. 100 operators in 23 countries have chosen BECS and BBE for efficient network operations. Visit www.pfsw.com for more information.

About Keypro

Keypro is the leading Finnish company in network information solutions, with more than 20 years of experience in the field. The customer base of Keypro includes owners, contractors, designers and maintainers of various utility networks, both underground and on the ground. The company serves more than 200 customers dealing with telecom networks, water service networks, electricity distribution, street lighting, district heating and natural gas. Keypro specializes in the ability to offer both network related expert services as well as network information systems software. The company delivers professional services and network information systems internationally via its partner network.

PacketFront Software and Optisis enter partnership

PacketFront Software, which develops and sells network orchestration solutions, has signed a partnership agreement with Optisis d.o.o., a system integrator specializing in development and marketing of optical access systems for telecom operators and service providers. Optisis was founded in 2006 with the headquarters in Maribor, Slovenia. The partnership means that Optisis will strengthen its portfolio of OSS and BSS systems.

Optisis is a company with a unique approach of building fibre-optic networks, with knowledge and experience which is united in a flexible team. Optisis offers complete telecommunications solutions to service providers, such as cable operators, ISP’s, mobile operators and public companies. The offering from Optisis also consists of comprehensive services ranging from consulting, planning, project management, equipment distribution, maintenance and complete engineering of telecommunication systems.

Optisis has customers in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Austria and Italy.

Reabra chooses PacketFront Software’s BBE

Reabra, a Sao Paulo based open access operator transforming regions with 5 Mbit/s radio to 100 Mbit/s fiber access, has selected PacketFront Software’s BBE as their BSS platform for management of services, customers and service providers.

At the later stage, the solution will be complemented with PacketFront Software’s BECS network orchestration tool for management of Reabra’s point-to-point and GPONbased fiber networks. The goal is to achieve an instant and fully automated service provisioning flow, starting from a customer portal to the configuration of network elements.

The BBE platform has already been taken into commercial use.

PacketFront Software Strengthens its Sales, Delivery and R&D Organizations

In order to further support the growth of the company, PacketFront Software today announced a significant strengthening of its Sales, Delivery and R&D organizations at the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden.

Christel Sandstedt recently joined PacketFront Software as Delivery and Professional Services Manager. Christel, who is a member of the management team, will be responsible for the company’s customer delivery projects as well as focusing on increasing Professional Services sales. She brings with her many years of experience from companies such as Stokab and the city carrier of Sundbyberg municipality.

Claes Lithagen recently joined PacketFront Software as Senior Sales Director and will be focusing on increasing the company’s software sales to its traditional customer base of city carriers and T1/T2 operators. Claes joins the company from IP Infusion, where he served as Global Account Director & Senior Sales Director EMEA, heading the EMEA organization.

Andreas Persson will be joining PacketFront Software on April 1st as Director R&D and Product Management and member of the management team. Most recently, he held the position as Manager Software Engineering at the optical network equipment vendor Infinera in Stockholm, Sweden. The company’s current Product Manager, Henrik Johansson, will from now on head up the company’s strategic initiative within SDN/NFV, which is an area that is becoming more and more important to the company.

“We are very happy to announce the recruitment of Christel, Claes and Andreas as well as Henrik Johansson’s new SDN/NFV-focused position. They bring with them a wealth of experience that will assist the company in achieving its future growth plans, and we wish them good luck in their new respective roles”, says Jan Kettnaker, CEO of PacketFront Software.

PacketFront Software enters data center market

PacketFront Software announced further development of the BECS network automation solution to include data center management.

Even if the spinning up of servers is today a highly automated process, the network infrastructure connecting servers is still mainly managed manually. BECS can now automate even this part of the process providing the staff operating data centers the capabilities to activate / deactivate services end-to-end in seconds instead of days and weeks.

“Entering the fast growing data center market is a strategic decision for us. We have high expectations that our investment in this sector will bear first fruits during 2017 helping us to further accelerate our already high growth.” says Jan Kettnaker, CEO of PacketFront Software.

PacketFront Software BECS chosen for Fibia’s network

Fibia P/S, the merger of NRGi and SEAS-NVE fiber operations, has decided to use PacketFront Software’s BECS OSS platform to manage the network.

BECS enables a harmonization of the management of the different technologies and vendors used in the network. This provides Fibia with tools to rationalize the operations and to streamline the service offering throughout the network.

Fibia’s FTTH deployment consists of approximately 160.000 ports using Point-to-Point and GPON technologies from companies such as Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, Waystream, Genexis, Icotera and Tilgin. The project focus has been to migrate NRGi’s Alcatel-Lucent GPON and Cisco 4500 based network to BECS and utilize BECS ACS functionality to manage ONT’s and CPE’s via the TR-069 protocol.

“Fibia is leading the Danish FTTH market consolidation and is becoming a major player within this segment. We are pleased that Fibia decided to use BECS as a key tool in this consolidation”, says Jan Kettnaker, CEO PacketFront Software.

“SEAS-NVE has used BECS since 2006. When we faced the decision on how to take care of the Fibia network, BECS was an easy choice to make due to its excellent reliability and flexibility track record”, says Ole Højgaard Christensen, Technical Manager at Fibia.