Incognito Software said Suddenlink Communications has deployed two automated backoffice platforms that, it claims, will help the operator stay ahead of the curve when it comes to device provisioning and IP address management as the operator prepares for an IPv6 migration and an onslaught of IP-connected devices expected to join its network.
Under the deal, Suddenlink is using the vendor’s Broadband Command Center and Address Commander to provision and manage IP addresses for about 1.4 million subscribers.
In addition to provisioning and activating new video, voice and data services, the deployment will also enable Suddenlink to identify and reclaim unused or “stale” IPv4 addresses as it prepares for a migration to IPv6, Incognito said.
“After a competitive review, we chose Incognito based on its on-site support, ability to customize the solution to our needs, and rapid migration,” said Rodney Lanham, vice president, technical operations at Suddenlink, in a statement. “We now have the ability to quickly add new subscriber services while also being fully prepared for the increasingly widespread adoption of IPv6, which will keep us one step ahead as our needs – and the needs of our subscribers – continue to evolve.”
“Analysts estimate that approximately 119 million connected devices will be installed in U.S. homes by 2015, which means that IPv4 addresses are becoming scarcer by the day, making it is no longer possible for service providers to manually track their IP addresses,” added Stephane Bourque, president and CEO of Incognito Software. “Employing an automated device provisioning solution that can also ensure reliable IP address management gives operators like Suddenlink a holistic view of their network to save them both time and money while still keeping their subscribers happy.”
Incognito, which also counts Buckeye CableSystem, Germany’s NetCologne, and Austria’s Liwest Kabelmedien as customers, said more than 110 million subs are being provisioned by its software.