The Active Content Manager (ACM) from broadband OSS provider Active Broadband Networks is a resource-aware, policy-based IP video service-management solution the company says “enables broadband providers to monetize IP video, track usage and assure subscriber quality of experience.?"

The ACM is part of Active Broadband Networks’ Dynamic Broadband Service Manager (DBSM), a turnkey, next-generation OSS that can work on multiple broadband access networks, including DOCSIS, DSL, FTTH, Wi-Fi, WiMAX and 3G/4G mobile. It features a Web-based subscriber self-service platform with a portal for usage monitoring and merchant processing of on-demand service transactions.

Here’s how it works: The ACM reportedly factors content-delivery requirements and subscriber entitlements with current network conditions and capacity to map IP video streams dynamically onto separately managed virtual connections over broadband – private virtual connections independent of a subscriber’s Internet service, which uses different virtual connections and is metered separately.

The solution then leverages the subscriber data management and dynamic service control functions of Active Broadband Networks’ Active Resource Manager platform. It identifies content and tracks usage on a per subscriber basis for monetization, and matches broadband connection capacity with video streaming rates – signaling the network to increase bandwidth if required to assure quality of experience.?

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