SRC Product Features and Benefits

The SRC software provides a host of features for today’s Internet service challenges. Table 3 lists some of the many features and benefits that service providers need.

Table 3: SRC Software Features and Benefits

Feature

Benefit

Carrier-class architecture

  • Provides a distributed architecture for flexibility.
  • Integrates with provider subscriber databases and supports customer profiles to define subscriber groups.
  • Instantiates each key server multiple times for either load distribution or failover.
  • Facilitates a variety of wholesale and retail models.
  • Uses CLI and Web management and monitoring.

Seamless integration with operations support systems (OSS)

  • Uses modular design and standards-based interfaces such as HTML/XML, RADIUS, LDAP, Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA), and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP).
  • Supports open interfaces and mediation mechanisms to facilitate system integration with diverse OSS applications, including systems for subscriber management, customer care, order entry, provisioning, billing, security, and sales support.
  • Ensures smooth integration with back office solutions. (We partner with leading providers of telecommunications, RADIUS/authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA), and billing systems to offer these services.)

Financial advantages

  • Avoids the misconception of a one-size-fits-all Internet access model by offering compelling content options with the appropriate level of bandwidth, quality of service (QoS), and network functions (for example, security, traffic prioritization, and filtering).
  • Allows providers to hold down on capital expenditures and operating expenses by offering a wide range of flexible services, tools, billing models, and revenue streams, and by using the same network infrastructure.

Optimal scalability

  • Scales for rapidly growing networks and subscriber bases.
  • Works with routers running JunosE or Junos OS, and PCMM-compliant CMTS devices to automatically provision and support thousands to millions of subscribers in a distributed environment.
  • Uses zero-touch subscriber provisioning, which removes the roadblocks that can slow large-scale broadband subscriber acquisition.

Easy-to-build wholesale-retail model

  • Provides a transparent infrastructure to Internet service provider (ISP), application service provider (ASP), and content partners, which lets partners retain ownership and management of their subscriber bases.
  • Frees partners from the responsibility of handling network operations so that they can focus solely on service delivery.

Intelligent accounting

 

  • Tracks service usage to enable rich and creative tariff models.
  • Supports customer care, rating and billing, security, and sales support systems.
  • Simplifies the task of collecting and managing retailer and subscriber accounting data.
  • Uses a configuration interface to choose the policy rules to be used for accounting per interface direction (ingress and egress).
  • Activates multiple service sessions simultaneously for a given subscriber; each session can be tracked separately.
  • Supports plug-in software that gives service providers the ability to extend system capabilities.
  • Allows for flexible accounting rules.

Easy subscriber management

  • Uses configuration interfaces for service definition and subscriber management.
  • Uses a directory that acts as a central repository of customer information. The directory stores router information.
  • Works with routers running JunosE or Junos OS, and PCMM-compliant CMTS to collect subscribers’ credentials and queries the RADIUS server for authentication and authorization.
  • Accommodates and manages a very large number of subscribers (for example, a typical subscriber base may be in the millions).

Dynamic policy management

  • Gives subscribers consistent service experience across the network, regardless of the actual network deployment and the mode of connection to the network.
  • Enables real-time provisioning and collection of subscriber usage data.
  • Offers high availability based on seamless failover.
  • Uses configuration interfaces to define policies and store them in a central repository.
  • Provides robust support for access, QoS, and activation of new services on demand with configurable policies.
  • Performs dynamic policy decisions while services are activated, leveraging on the directory content to make policy decisions.
  • Provides end-to-end service levels across the network.

Web-based portal

  • Creates dynamic Web pages, giving subscribers personalized displays to select services on demand.
  • Offers branding opportunities for network provider/service provider partners.
  • Identifies subscribers, grants them access to defined services, and maps their selected service(s) to the network by means of dynamically provisioned policies.
  • Allows portals to be deployed in any application server with support for CORBA or SOAP.
  • Provides a starting point for rapid portal development through documented sample portals supplied for Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application servers.

Easy service creation

  • Uses the SRC CLI and the C-Web interface to enable the definition of various policy objects.
  • Uses configuration interfaces to define new services and to create service templates for future use. Service templates provide the service-provisioning information that configures the router for efficient, real-time delivery of that service.
  • Provides flexible service creation, a reusable service library, and automated service implementation.
  • Allows providers to define policies once and apply them network-wide.

Service activation engine (SAE)

  • Translates services into lists of policies to be enforced on the router.
  • Initiates the service-usage data-collection process.
  • Customizes services with differentiated QoS and policies.
  • Collects usage data (time and volume) by subscriber and service to enable differentiated rating and billing.

Flexible open interface support

  • Allows an external entity or system to control the SRC software’s behavior.
  • Uses application programming interfaces (APIs) to authenticate managers; to navigate among retailers, enterprises, and sites; and to create, delete, activate, and deactivate service sessions.
  • Provides a Common Open Policy Service for policy provisioning (COPS-PR) interface.
  • Integrates into a PCMM environment with support for CableLabs PCMM specification.
  • Extends policies to systems that do not have a supported router driver.
  • Integrates into an IP Multimedia System (IMS) environment. The SRC software provides a Diameter protocol-based interface that allows the SRC software to integrate with services found on the application layer of IMS.

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