The DSL Forum has announced the approval of its latest technical report, TR-135 data model for a TR-069 enabled STB and the amendment of the TR-069 - which the forum claims is set to expedite IPTV rollouts and change the way operators manage their IPTV offering.
Closely following the release of BroadbandSuite Release 2.0, these new specifications are cornerstone to the pending Release 3.0, which will address triple-play augmented via VDSL2, GPON and bonded DSL over a QoS-enabled ethernet architecture. Release 3.0 will also provide support for multicast to enable IPTV streaming as well as integrated remote management of set top boxes (STB) and attached storage devices. The full release is tentatively scheduled to be complete in late 2008.
As a key part of Broadbandsuite Release 3.0, TR-135 defines the data model for remote management of digital television (IPTV or broadcast) functionality on STB devices via CPE WAN Management Protocol (CWMP) as defined in TR-069 Amendment 2 and
TR-106. This report provides the data model for describing STB capabilities such as PVR, IGMP, quality of service as well as providing a means to enable video service performance monitoring. General use cases are also described in the report, including standard data model profiles that would typically be seen while remotely managing a device of this nature.
In TR-135, the Auto-Configuration Server (ACS) may perform some initial configuration of a newly installed STB, but its main functions are configuration of STB parameters for trouble management and collection of statistics for quality of service (QoS)/quality of experience (QoE) monitoring.
Established in 1994, the DSL Forum is an international industry consortium of over 200 service providers, equipment manufacturers and other interested parties.