Cisco Broadband Access Center for Telco and Wireless

Cisco Broadband Access Center 4.2

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Q. What is Cisco ® Broadband Access Center (BAC)?
A. Cisco BAC is a distributed, scalable application that helps enable the automated flow-through provisioning of subscriber services and management of subscriber devices. Cisco BAC provides a centralized and automated platform for service providers to control and configure residential home gateways and the IP devices behind the gateways. Cisco BAC automatically recognizes devices, assigns the appropriate class of service, dynamically creates and generates device configuration files, and activates subscribers. Cisco BAC provides a single device management platform to support multiple technologies including DOCSIS ®, PacketCable , and satellite.
Q. Who should deploy Cisco Broadband Access Center?
A. Cisco BAC 4.2 is designed for use by service providers seeking an automated means of provisioning and managing subscriber devices supporting the CableLabs ® standards such as DOCSIS and PacketCable. Cisco BAC can be easily extended to support other devices as well. Any service provider planning to deploy and support DOCSIS 3.0 and IPv6 customer premises equipment (CPE) should use BAC 4.2.
Q. How is Cisco Broadband Access Center used?
A. Cisco BAC 4.2 is used to replace manual provisioning processes by service providers seeking a more scalable, automated, and higher performance device management platform. It provides service providers an easy means to support newer versions of existing CableLabs standards as well as to implement new technologies such as PacketCable voice.
Q. What benefits can be expected from deploying Cisco Broadband Access Center?
A. Cisco BAC 4.2 provides the following benefits:

Reliability and distributed architecture: Cisco BAC provides high reliability and availability supporting autonomous headends, multiple distributed device provisioning engines (DPEs), each of which includes its own data-caching repository, a Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) server, and a time-of-day (ToD) server. During central server outages or communication problems, Cisco BAC provides continued service to existing registered subscribers.

Scalability and performance: Cisco BAC can support millions of devices in distributed deployments. Cisco BAC uses multiple distributed device management and caching engines to balance processing of device requests. A single DPE can support as many as 2 million devices. These DPEs can be combined in groups to provide redundancy and load balancing. The regional distribution unit (RDU) is a central component used to manage service requests and modifications. A single RDU server in conjunction with the appropriate number of DPE groups can support as many as 60 million devices with a sustained rate of hundreds of thousands of new devices a day.

Easy integration with current systems: Cisco BAC integrates with existing service provider systems, such as billing systems, operations support systems (OSSs), and other customer management systems, through a Java provisioning API.

Extendable technology support: Cisco BAC supports DOCSIS cable modems and set-top boxes for high-speed data provisioning, PacketCable voice provisioning of media termination adapters (MTAs) and DOCSIS cable modems. It also can be extended to support other Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)-based devices, including non-DOCSIS cable modems.

Q. What are the features of Cisco Broadband Access Center?
A. Cisco BAC provides:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) server support for all components of BAC including DPE, RDU, and Key Distribution Center (KDC) components.

Integrated Kerberos Protocol server (KDC) for PacketCable voice service provisioning

Distributed architecture with high availability and disaster recovery leading to business continuity

Highly scalable platform that can scale up to 60 million devices

Dynamic DOCSIS file generation to reduce operational cost

DOCSIS 3.0 support (channel bonding and IPv6 support)

Support for mixed IPv4/IPv6 CPE environment

Scripting interface for flexibility and automating configuration file generation using templates

Support for CableLabs business services over DOCSIS standard

Java-based provisioning API with single point of integration

Embedded high-performance database, optimized for device provisioning

Q. What equipment is managed by Cisco Broadband Access Center?
A. Cisco BAC is a standards-based device management application that supports multiple technologies including DOCSIS 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0, PacketCable 1.0, 1.1, and 1.5, and satellite. Cisco BAC supports all end-user CPE devices that adhere to these standards.

Product Licensing and Platform Requirements

Q. How is Cisco Broadband Access Center software licensed?
A. The software is licensed on a per subscriber service basis. Service licenses are offered in volumes of 10,000 and 500,000.
Q. What hardware platform is required to run Cisco Broadband Access Center?
A. Cisco Broadband Access Center 4.2 runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Cisco Unified Computing System servers. BAC also supports Oracle Solaris 10 on the SPARC platform.

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