Guideline for Identifying Downloadable Software for Plug-in Cards
|Publication Date:||1 November 2011|
This guideline applies to products with CLEI Codes requested after the implementation date of this guideline and does not apply to products in production and with CLEI Codes previously assigned. The original implementation date of this guideline was October 1, 2003. Implementation of the changes provided in the 2011 revision on this guideline is effective upon republication of this document.
This guideline recommends processes and procedures for the following issues:
• Determining if a plug-in card has the downloadable software capability that complies with this guideline.
• Determining if the software is downloaded automatically and if additional manual intervention, other than inserting the plug-in card into the slot, is required.
• Identification of hardware, and the version of software loaded:
o Hardware: The existing physical product identification label (e.g., GTIN label or CLEI Code label for the hardware as per ATIS-0300038 and the Telcordia document, GR-383-CORE).
o Software: An electronic identifier for identifying the software version.
• This identifier will not have a physical label.
• ATIS-0300040, Guideline for Data Elements included in the MIB, defines what data the industry requires in the Management Information Base [MIB] and specifies the software identifier.
This guideline provides the processes and a method for allowing a service provider technician to determine whether manual intervention is required, due to changes in downloadable software, prior to installing a plug-in card in the telecommunications network.
This guideline provides a method to determine how plug-in cards that are capable of supporting downloadable software through manual intervention should be identified and how to manage these plug-in cards. This includes processes related to provisioning, installation, removal and warehousing to ensure high quality network reliability and efficient operational procedures.
Downloadable software includes any software (including firmware) that can be downloaded from a remote or local location to the plug-in card at the service provider location. Note: Throughout this document the term "plug-in card" is used. However, the term also applies to plug-ons, Small Formfactor pluggables (SFPs), and GigaBit Interface Converters (GBICs).