This Catalyst project introduces a Network as a Service (NaaS) platform to enable “complex” network transformations for the purposes of network monetization and decoupling Operations Support Systems (OSSs)/Business Support System (BSSs) from the network. This platform will leverage abstraction layer services to provision wavelength services using TM Forum Open APIs.
With NaaS, complex hybrid networks consisting of multi-vendor Physical Network Functions (PNFs) and Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs), including transformations to white box offerings, can be managed by OSSs/BSSs without disruption to the network. NaaS allows outsourcing of OSS/BSS components to third-party providers through the decoupling of the OSS/BSS space from the hybrid network. This drives simplicity from a provisioning perspective and enables the introduction of new network services in an automated fashion without having a major impact on the costs of managing the network. It also helps Communications Services Providers (CSPs) that are employing a “buy” vs. “build” approach as it will become more important for OSSs/BSSs to support industry standard TM Forum Open APIs. This will enable CSPs to:
- Offer internal clients and third-party solutions partners access to wavelength services offerings via network abstraction layer services
- Hide network complexities and differences by providing only the functionality that is needed without exposing the “how” or “what” (e.g., what resources to assign)
- Automate the lifecycle of the given service(s), and
- Realize the potential of NaaS in shorter development cycles
This project is to implement a subset of the TMF909 NaaS Open API component suite to retail and wholesale/third party customers of CSPs. The following TM Forum Open REST APIs have been implemented.
- TMF622v3.0, “Product OrderingI”
- TMF633v3.0, “Service Catalog Management”
- TMF638v3.0, "Service Activation and Configuration"
- TMF640v3.0, “Service Activation and Configuration”, and
- TMF641v4.0, “Service Order Management".
- Faster time to deliver new services and service modifications to market,
- Reduced delivery costs across systems, and
- Significantly less testing time as features can be rolled out quicker due to network decoupling