CableLabs Custom Connectivity changes the internet experience for consumers and improves the economics of delivering services for operators. It promotes the device-centric service delivery paradigm, in which the goal is to deliver connectivity directly through the consumer end devices. The architecture also enables a shared-CPE deployment model. It allows operators to customize the delivery of services such as bandwidth, latency, security and other features — per Wi-Fi-enabled device — and to provide a complete home network experience without the need for a CPE, wires or truck rolls for each subscriber.
The device-centric model is based on a unique credential and identity for a device or a specific group of devices, offering the customer and the operator high-fidelity control and visibility into the home network. Subnetworks can also be set up to provide isolated guest access and create dedicated networks for different device categories such as home security devices and work-from-home users. Additionally, a particular device’s credentials can be revoked without affecting the connectivity of the other device on the network.
Custom Connectivity also enables flexible subscription and payment methods. Using a mobile app, a customer can set up their own home network in minutes and fund it using a variety of subscription or on-demand models, which can be metered based on a variety of business policies like bandwidth and/or the number of provisioned devices. Billing flexibility allows for services for individual devices to be assigned to separate payers, such as employers or health care providers.
Custom Connectivity can be used in the following ways:
One application of this device-centric technology — CableLabs’ initial proof of concept — shows how it can serve the unserved or underserved in dense, unbanked communities. During an early trial deployment in Panama, CableLabs collaborated with Liberty Latin America and Veea to successfully demonstrate the customer ease-of-use and flexible operator deployment models supported by Custom Connectivity. In this test deployment, we put users in the driver’s seat with a simple experience and straightforward implementation.
For unserved and underserved communities like this, Custom Connectivity changes the game. It not only delivers connectivity but also empowers people to participate in the modern economy. With its potential to narrow the digital divide, Custom Connectivity opens a world of possibility.
These applications are just the beginning. CableLabs Custom Connectivity enables affordable, secure and manageable services that are on par with traditional broadband. It creates new business opportunities for operators and allows them to create custom network experiences and relationships in new and previously difficult to serve areas while also creating new business opportunities.
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This technology is available for the CableLabs Members and Vendor Community. Please contact our Customer Success Team for more information.