San Jose, Calif., Broadband gateway and router specialist 2Wire has today released its Open Gateway Management Protocol (OGMP), a specification it is pushing as a proposed standard for gateway management and edge-of-the-network service provisioning.
OGMP streamlines the management of intelligent customer equipment premises gear in the field while reducing overhead costs associated with lengthy technical support calls through the use of secure remote management, diagnostic and troubleshooting capabilities. A main target is to make DSL a profitable proposition by delivering a fast, flexible way for broadband service providers to deploy and manage value-added services over a broadband connection.
2Wire's specification for the protocol defines a server-based implementation that enables broadband service providers to benefit from bi-directional flow of information from the customer's equipment to the back-end system. This enables a multitude of customer care applications, including customer retention, billing, order management, support, and sales and marketing administration applications.
"This specification creates a highly secure, platform-independent delivery vehicle for deploying and managing value added edge-of-the-network services and a means for integrating intelligent CPE into the access provider's network," said Pat Romano, 2Wire's vice president of engineering in a statement. The specification can be leveraged within broadband environments and the communication mechanisms defined by the OGMP are standards based for both management and security.
2Wire plans to disseminate the specification via its Website ( http://www.2Wire.com ) to facilitate acceptance of a standard. It also intends to put forward the protocol specification to the DSL Forum in hopes of establishing a standard for DSL gateway/router management.