CDRouter is the official self-test platform of the certification program for TR-369, called BBF.369.
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This 30 minute video from the Broadband Forum details all of the steps to seek certification using CDRouter, including how to select test cases, how to test them, and how to submit your results for certification.
Certification through self-testing can be achieved in your own lab with an approved tool or through a third-party that does testing on your behalf. BBF.369 certification is a four step process:
BBF.369 certified devices can claim compliance with the TR-369/USP protocol. If the device supports one or more USP features (as outlined in the TP-469 test plan), those tests become mandatory and the features are included when the device is listed on the Broadband Forum certified device list.
Also included is the version of USP that the device supports.
The certification applies to a specific make, model, and major firmware version of a product. The Broadband Forum includes, in its process, the ability to claim that a product is a derivative product and has enough similarity that it does not need to be retested if the changes were permissible. The BBF program documents state:
“Examples of permissible include, but not limited to, a change of the number of interfaces within a derivative model of a product family; an upgrade or a change to the system software that does not alter the (CWMP/USP) software stack or its integration with the underlying system or APIs.”
That said, re-testing new firmware on your own, regardless of seeking specific updates to your certification is crucial to ensure that the product is still compliant.
CDRouter contains scriptable USP Controller simulator that runs through all of the test cases for BBF.369. These tests go into the specific requirements of the USP protocol, testing messages, commands, security, and specific use cases like firmware updates and more across all Message Transfer Protocols (MTPs).
The certification testing ensures a device correctly implements the USP standards developed by the Broadband Forum. It eliminates common implementation problems before the devices even reach deployment.
Certified products are significantly more interoperable with the USP ecosystem. For operators, this reduces the amount of time required pre-qualify devices for their deployments, while also reducing the amount of support required from the vendor to the service provider. This helps lower the costs for both the operator and vendor.
With the increased interoperability and testing of new firmware prior to deployment, everyone can be more confident with new services or devices deployed in the field. This also lowers the amount of support required by an operator or application provider.
Finally, certified devices are more likely to be accepted into operator networks. They know their jobs will be much easier when deploying certified devices. Operators should ask for certification in their RFPs and application providers should ask for certified products from their partners.
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