Alcatel introduced a new policy management solution that will enable service providers to centrally manage their subscribers for Triple Play services. Key components of the solution were developed in partnership with Bridgewater Systems, a start-up based in Ottawa that offers subscriber-centric policy management software for IP-based services..
The new Alcatel 5750 Subscriber Services Controller (SSC) is designed to consolidate the existing multi-vendor BRAS environment into a new Alcatel Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA). The platform can scale to greater than 50 million subscribers and handle up to 9,000 transactions per second. It will also enable a customer portal, which will give users dynamic self-service options with zero-touch, real-time activation. Users could log into a secure portal and register for premium bandwidth services.
Alcatel is integrating the 5750 Subscriber Services Controller (SSC) into its 7450 Ethernet Service Switch and 7750 Service Router to enable a distributed BRAS solution. Alcatel said it is committed to open interfaces to ensure that the 5750 SSC could be used to control policies on broadband subscriber management systems from major equipment vendors. General availability of the 5750 is expected in August.
- In April 2005, Alcatel announced new features on its 7450 Ethernet Service Switch and 7750 Service Router aimed at triple play and business VPN services. Enhancements to the Alcatel 7450 include scalable, highly efficient multicasting for IPTV distribution and automated per-subscriber security policies. In a telco triple play architecture, the Alcatel 7450 would sit at the edge of a metro network accepting a large number of video feeds from a core IP/MPLS network and then multicasting the most watched channels via Gigabit Ethernet links to DSLAMs or ONTs further out in the field. The Alcatel 7450 has also gained the ability to provide DHCP for triple play services. This DHCP capability automatically allocates IP addresses to multimedia appliances or hosts in network (set-top boxes / VOIP Phones). With this process, Alcatel is also providing automatically configured security filters to protect the network against Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and prevent unauthorized user access in the network.
- In October 2004, SBC announced the selection of Alcatel for the delivery of triple play services to 18 million homes in the U.S., as part of its Project Lightspeed.