posted: July 19, 2023 

Crafting a Winning ACS RFP: TR-069/TR-369 Tender Preparation Essentials

How to write a good ACS tender?

Every tender for an Auto Configuration Server (ACS) project comes with its own set of challenges and complexities. However, meticulous and well-thought-out preparation can make the process smoother and increase your chances of success. Today, we will dive deep into preparing an effective Request for Proposal (RFP) for your TR-069/TR-369 ACS project. This guide will ensure that your tender stands out in the competitive ACS marketplace.

Introduction and Project Overview

When preparing your RFP, it's essential to introduce your organization and outline the project clearly. The company overview should provide a snapshot of your business, including its size, industry, core services, and the market you serve. A brief history of your company would also be useful, showcasing your stability, growth, and past achievements.

The project description should detail the purpose and objectives of your ACS project. Be clear about why you're looking for a TR-069/TR-369 ACS solution, the problem it will solve, and the benefits it's expected to bring to your operations.

Technical Scope

An effective TR-069/TR-369 RFP needs to include a well-defined technical scope. The technical scope is an opportunity to lay out your specific requirements, which might include the number and type of devices to be managed, the desired monitoring interval, and the protocols that will be used for management (if you consider using more than just CWMP).

It's crucial to explicitly state the number of devices using XMPP/STUN. A clear understanding of this parameter helps potential vendors to assess the required hardware for your solution better, aligning with your needs more accurately. You can delve deeper into this subject by referring to our previous blog post about hardware dimensioning.

Network Ecosystem Description

Your RFP should provide a full description of your current network ecosystem. This includes your existing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, Business Support Systems (BSS), Operational Support Systems (OSS), and details about your network connectivity.

Offering a detailed and transparent overview of your current IT infrastructure allows vendors to tailor their ACS solution to integrate seamlessly into your network, enhancing efficiency and reducing potential hiccups during deployment.

Departments and User Roles

An effective TR-069/TR-369 ACS RFP should identify the departments that will utilize the system and the user roles. Defining this early in the process will assist potential vendors in understanding the breadth of the solution needed, and customizing the system to meet each department's specific requirements.

Whether it's your customer support team using the system for device diagnostics and troubleshooting, your IT department using it for firmware updates and configuration, or your sales team using it for data analysis, be sure to detail who will use the system and why.

Statement of Compliance

Your ACS RFP should contain a Statement of Compliance (SoC) detailing technical requirements. An SoC provides a framework for vendors to showcase their capabilities and affirm their compliance with your requirements.

Publishing a Request for Information (RFI) first can be extremely beneficial. An RFI allows you to collect information about technical features from various vendors, helping you to define your project's crucial aspects. Remember, ACS solutions on the market can range from basic (like free GenieACS) to very advanced (such as AVSystem's offerings). Establishing your requirements upfront ensures that you're comparing 'apples to apples'.

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Formal Timelines

A well-structured RFP should also provide clear formal timelines. These include a deadline for confirmation of participation, a period for raising RFP-related queries, a deadline for vendors to respond to these questions, the bid submission deadline, and a decision deadline. Transparency about the timeline keeps the process organized and fair.

Project and Migration Dates

Include expected project and migration dates in your RFP, complete with rough milestones. This might encompass the kick-off meeting, scope gathering, provisioning and monitoring configurations, Customer Care setup, hardware delivery, integration of device types, integration with OSS/BSS, and migration (if you're transitioning from an older system).

Security and Architecture Requirements

Security requirements are crucial to any RFP for a TR-069/TR-369 ACS solution. Specify your expectations about data protection, encryption, user authentication, and other security features.

Equally important are architecture requirements. If your organization requires a georedundant solution, state this clearly in the RFP. Be transparent about your Service Level Agreement (SLA) requirements as well. This will help vendors provide a solution that aligns with your resilience, availability, and support needs.

Crafting a successful ACS RFP can be a complex process, but it becomes less daunting with the right preparation and guidance. Remember, as a leading vendor in the ACS industry, we are more than ready to assist you in preparing such an RFP. We can provide non-binding RFP template examples to get you started.

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In the end, your RFP serves as a roadmap leading you to the right TR-069/TR-369 ACS solution. With thorough, well-defined requirements and clear communication, your RFP will attract the most fitting and competent vendors - including us, at AVSystem ;)

We look forward to helping you achieve your ACS project goals.


Adam Majcher - Technical Presales Director With over 13 years of experience at AVSystem, he went through multiple technical positions - including developer, technical project manager, and presales engineer. So broad experience gives him a good overview of end-to-end ISP requirements related to all the aspects of TR-069/TR-369. Currently managing a team of presales engineers, selling AVSystem UMP to customers all over the world.

William Yan - Head of Sales, Global Service Providers (CSP) Market An industry veteran, William L. Yan has played key executive roles at both emerging and well-established companies on a global scale. Working extensively with telecom and broadband service providers, he has built core domain expertise in the telecom/broadband network management area, especially OSS/BSS and Service Management platforms. William Yan’s current ventures include spearheading AVSystem’s innovative IoT technology platform, enabling Services Providers and Enterprise to deploy a multitude of IoT services including Device Management, Asset Tracking, Telemetry, and OTA services.

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