Com Hem AB, Sweden’s leading cable operator, and PacketFront Software, a leading multi-vendor network automation provider, have announced that they will expand the use of PacketFront Software’s BECS system in Com Hem’s network. Besides the zero-touch configuration of Huawei access elements Com Hem will let BECS also manage the Cisco ASR9000 in its backbone network and BNG nodes. This means that BECS, as a central configuration engine, will have an essential role in Com Hem’s network for creating configuration for both residential and business services.
“Com Hem is a further proof-point of the flexibility and feature richness of the BECS platform. Even if it is a complete network management system, BECS can easily be used as a point product to solve immediate needs in the network and it can later be expanded to cover additional operational needs when they arise”, says Ulf Avrin, CEO PacketFront Software.
“Automation and centralization of the configuration of elements in the network give us the opportunity to do network-wide changes in one go and prevents us from inconsistency and manual configuration errors. The ability to test, create and launch new services in a fast and controlled way is of great importance to be a leading service provider today. BECS is a flexible and reliable system that efficiently automates our OSS, which we can base our current and future network management needs on”, says Peter Eriksson, Manager OSS at Com Hem.
SplitVision, that operates and markets Borås’ city network with more than 9.000 connected customers, continues the network modernization. After having decided on the infrastructure last year, SplitVision has now chosen PacketFront Software’s BECS and BBE OSS/BSS systems to enable zero-touch service provisioning for all inhabitants of Borås. Splitvision is also planning to implement a service portal for end-customer self-provisioning using technology from PacketFront Software. This means that the end-customer will easily select and activate multi-play services from home.
PacketFront Software’s partner NetNordic is going to implement BECS and BBE during Q2 2014 and will be responsible for operations and support of the system.
PacketFront Software announced today further development of the BECS network management tool. Alcatel-Lucent is now added to the list of supported vendors, which already includes companies such as Juniper, Cisco, Huawei, Extreme and more. The first supported Alcatel-Lucent products are the ISAM 7360 GPON OLT and the OmniSwitch 6400 and 6850 Access Switch families.
The addition of Alcatel-Lucent products further strengthens BECS capabilities to support topology and hardware independent end-to-end network automation across Core and Access networks.
PacketFront Software announces further tools to operators looking to increase efficiency, shorten lead times and improve quality by the addition of dedicated MPLS capabilities to its BECS network and service provisioning platform.
SEAS-NVE recently acquired Dansk Bredbånd network, a city network in the Copenhagen area with more than 20.000 FTTx connections. In order to streamline services SEAS-NVE decided to upgrade the Cisco network with Cisco Catalyst 3560x switches and PacketFronts Software’s BECS network management system.
Com Hem AB, the largest Cable TV operator in Sweden has announced a nationwide FTTx roll-out, using the BECS Network Management system for automating the access and distribution network roll-out, configuration assurance and software management. The delivery also include the plan and build tool for network documentation and resource management.
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Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring: “For more than a decade, Packetfront Software has played a significant role in broadband networks across the globe. With its international footprint second to none and an amazingly tight team of experts, it fully deserves the Red Herring Top 100 recognition as a pioneer and for its breakthroughs.”
PacketFront Software Solutions has delivered automated broadband network management since 2001 through its proprietary BECS platform. Ulf Avrin, PacketFront Software Solutions’ CEO, explains why he believes they’re well positioned for continued growth, and highlights their recently signed partnership agreement in India. “This is a major break-through for us in a number of ways.”
PacketFront Software announced today it has been selected as a Finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the European business region.
The Red Herring editorial team selected the most innovative companies from a pool of hundreds from across Europe. The nominees are evaluated on 20 main quantitative and qualitative criterion: they include disruptive impact, market footprint, proof of concept, financial performance, technology innovation, social value, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries.
This unique assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the actual track record and standing of a company, which allows Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument for discovering and advocating the greatest business opportunities in the industry.
“This year was rewarding, beyond all expectations” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “The global economic situation has abated and there are many great companies producing really innovative and amazing products. We had a very difficult time narrowing the pool and selecting the finalists. PacketFront Software shows great promise and therefore deserves to be among the Finalists. Now we’re faced with the difficult task of selecting the Top 100 winners of Red Herring Europe. We know that the 2013 crop will grow into some amazing companies that are sure to make an impact.”
“We are extremely proud to having been singled out as Finalist to the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award” said Ulf Avrin, CEO of PacketFront Software.”As this nomination shows, PacketFront Software is a highly innovative company providing a leading edge network and service management solution to broadband operators and enterprise data networks. We are on a growth trajectory and in the same way as we have high ambitions in the marketplace we also aim at being selected as one of the Top 100 winners of Red Herring Europe.”
The Finalists are invited to present their winning strategies at the Red Herring Europe Forum in Amsterdam, April 8-10, 2013.
Affärsverken, a utility company in southern Sweden operating several City networks, is now expanding the use of their BECS Network Management System to include even ADSL customers.
Affärsverken recently acquired Karlskrona Nät, an ADSL network with 2500 connections. Affärsverken has incorporated Karlskrona Nät in the existing PacketFront Software’s BECS system creating a homogenous management of both FTTH and ADSL networks. All customers in Karlskrona Nät go into the same system that manages multi-play services in the fiber-based City network.
PacketFront Solutions, a partner to PacketFront Software, delivers an aggregated solution, which gives essentially the same range of services in the ADSL network as in the fiber network. For end customers in Karlskrona Nät it means a considerably wider range of services and for Affärsverken a consolidated and robust network.
“Our customer is satisfied with the reliability in the network and the expanded range of services. This is an excellent way to increase service level and extend the life of an ADSL network” says Johan Bergman, CEO of PacketFront Solutions.
To consolidate City networks is a conscious strategy of Affärsverken, providing many synergies, such as economy of scale.