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Huawei, Ericsson, NSN sign OSS licensing deal

Posted: 15 May 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:operations support system  network management  radio access 

Telecom equipment vendors Huawei, Ericsson, and Nokia Siemens Networks have signed an MoU to support an operations support system interoperability initiative (OSSii). The OSSii aims to simplify interoperability between OSS systems in a multi-vendor environment.

The three companies have agreed to cross-licence their OSS interfaces for multi-vendor network management.

"By enabling multi-vendor interoperability ‘up front’ between the OSS of all three vendors, OSSii will promote competition by simplifying operations, reducing the overall integration costs as well as speeding up the time-to-market of new services," Nokia Siemens said.

Reciprocal agreements between the three initiating vendors will cover fault, performance, configuration, and basic network event management for the northbound interfaces from radio access, circuit core and packet core network management systems.

The cross-licensing and interoperability testing is open for third-party OSS vendors by joining the OSSii.

“The OSS marketplace is a patchwork of standards and proprietary interfaces that are controlled by the IPR owners. With cross-licence agreements, we want to help operators take full advantage of the best available products in our industry,” said Peter Patomella, head of operations support systems (OSS) business at Nokia Siemens Networks.

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