BECS 3.18 is released

The latest BECS release is now available for existing customers at www.pfsw.com/support.

@focus in this release is usability and performance. The main features include:

On-demand initial parsing

  • Adding flexibility regarding when in time the initial parsing exercise is carried out after an element manager connects to the element

Dedicated GDR connections

  • Some connections between the Element Manager and the element will be dedicated to fetching troubleshooting info, so that this info can be obtained quicker if the element manager is busy configuring the element.

Visualize Element Config Mode

  • The element configuration mode, i.e. read-only, full-control etc, is illustrated by a badge on the element icon in the topology view making it easier to determine which elements are currently controlled by BECS.

Improved Element State Display

  • Specific indication in the BECS GUI that an element is in the state of initial parsing.

Stateful Logging

•Introducing object states, which makes it easier to get an overview of the system health. For example, it is easy to see which objects are currently in an erroneous state, and which ones have been recently resolved.

BBE 2.5.0 is released

The latest BBE release is now available for existing customers at www.pfsw.com/support.

Major changes in the release:

  • Java application uses WildFly instead of GlassFish
  • Improvements to inventory and subscription management
  • Improvements to trouble shooting of GPON customers
  • Improvements to report management

Gamma Telecom Selects PacketFront’s BECS Network Orchestrator

PacketFront Software, a leading network orchestration solution provider, announced today that Gamma Communications PLC (LSE:GAMA), a leading UK communications provider, has selected PacketFront Software’s BECS network orchestrator to automate Gamma’s multi-vendor connectivity network.

“We are known in the market for the quality and reliability of the services we provide. We came to see during the evaluation of the BECS platform that it provides us with automation tools that serve our customer needs with great speed and precision” says Tony McKenzie, Head of Architecture Gamma.

“We are proud that Gamma have selected BECS after a thorough technical evaluation. This demonstrates once again, the unique values we can bring to operators wanting to streamline operations.

This agreement also demonstrates that the UK is becoming one of our key markets and we predict continuous growth in the UK marketplace, not only in the segment of communications operators, such as Gamma, but also within a very dynamic FTTH space”, says Jan Kettnaker, CEO PacketFront Software.

Meet us at FTTH Conference 2020 in Berlin

It’s soon time for the yearly FTTH Council event again. Meet us 21-23 of April in Berlin and discover the latest news about PacketFront network automation.

Find more information about the event at: http://www.ftthconference.eu/

Solution Architect – Infrastructure

PacketFront Software delivers automated network management through unique OSS and BSS applications. We are now hiring a Solution Architect to strengthen the Professional services team. If you want to be part of a dynamic team building, this could be your next challenge!

Job Description

As a Solution Architect, your main responsibility is to ensure deployment of our OSS and BSS software systems (called BECS and BBE), on IT infrastructure provided by the customer. You will handle customization of standard products to specific customer needs, planning and performing necessary system integrations with other OSS and BSS systems in the customer environment. Furthermore, you will also execute customer lab and field tests, as well as customer pilots.

You will work closely with your dedicated customers that can be located all over the world and manage your own relationships with them as well as with partners. Solution Architects also work in close cooperation with our Sales and Sales Engineering (pre-sales) team. For larger projects, a Project Manager will be assigned to the team.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure deployment of our OSS and BSS software systems
  • Customization of standard products to specific customer needs
  • Planning and performing system integrations with other OSS and BSS systems
  • Independent management and execution of customer projects
  • Execute customer lab and fields tests, as well as customer pilots

You have an outstanding knowledge within several of the following areas:

  • Solution design
  • Broadband/datacom technologies, Switching/Routing (Ethernet, PON, xDSL…)
  • Scripting (Shell, TCL, Perl etc)
  • Structured work methodology
  • “Can Do” personality with a strong urge to close action points
  • OSS/BSS systems in the telecom/datacom industry – merit
  • Systems integration – merit

Personal capabilities:

  • Quick learner with a structured approach
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing
  • Service-minded and deliver according to commitments made
  • Team player that also can work independently
  • “Can Do” personality with a strong urge to close action points
  • Resident in Sweden but Swedish is not a requirement
  • Fluent in English, both spoken and in writing

This role is based at the head office at Norra Bantorget in central Stockholm. Occasionally travelling to customer sites for project deliveries will be required.

Apply

Send your application to carina.ronnby@bleiken.se. Selection and interviews are ongoing. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call recruitment consultant Carina Rönnby at 076-1017770.

Welcome with your application!

PacketFront becomes a member of the Intel Network Builders Winner’s Circle

PacketFront Software has been awarded a partnership in Intel’s Network Builders Winners’ Circle program with the following motivation:

“As a member of the Intel Network Builders ecosystem, PacketFront Software has contributed to the acceleration of network transformation by working closely with Intel and our ecosystem and we recognize your contributions by awarding PacketFront Software in our Winners’ Circle Program as a Partner”

The award was presented at the SDN NFV World Congress 2019 event in the Hague, the Netherlands.

More information about the Network Builders ecosystem:

https://networkbuilders.intel.com/

Intel’s PacketFront introduction:

https://networkbuilders.intel.com/ecosystem/packetfront-software

 

BBE 2.4.0 and BECS 3.17 Released

Latest BBE and BECS releases are now available for existing customers at www.pfsw.com/support. Highlights of the releases include following features:

BBE 2.4.0 Release

  • Support for ON-API 2.4
  • Support for OpenJDK

BECS 3.17

  •  Automatic CLOB creation – BECS users can synchronize configuration from network elements, which helps in automation of manually created configuration
  • Python support – A new script engine supporting Python as a complement to the Tcl script engine

  

PacketFront Software Joined State Visit In Ireland

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia did a State Visit to Ireland on 22–24 May 2019 at the invitation of President Michael D. Higgins. The Government was represented by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, Minister for Energy and Digital Development Anders Ygeman, and Maja Fjaestad, State Secretary to Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren.

PacketFront Software participated in an associated business delegation arranged by Business Sweden.

A Digital Infrastructure summit 2019 was arranged in conjunction with the State Visit at Ericsson´s R&D site in Athlone, where among other PacketFront Software’s BECS and BBE products were highlighted in the context of how City Carriers have successfully contributed to the fiber rollout in Sweden.

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.