Sun and leading telecom and service-ware companies Ericsson, NEC,
Nokia, Nortel Networks, and Telcordia Technologies will
start the Next Generation OSS through
Java initiative, a new open, industry process to define Java-based
APIs (Java APIs) for Operations Support Systems (OSS)
and Business Support Systems (BSS). The companies' support of the
initiative is based on a non-binding memorandum of understanding and is
subject to the negotiation and close of a definitive agreement.
The Next Generation OSS through Java initiative will help standardize a
wide range of Java APIs. The ultimate goal is to allow carriers and
service providers to build seamless OSS systems in which all
applications function together. Setting standards for software vendors
to follow when they create applications helps enable applications made
by different companies to function well together.
The intention is to standardize these OSS APIs under the latest Java
Community Process (JCP) program, which represents the formalization of
the open process that Sun has been using since 1995 to develop and
revise Java technology specifications in cooperation with the
international community of Java technology developers and adapters.
Currently carriers and service providers face a fragmented OSS market,
filled with proprietary systems that don't work together without costly
integration steps. Even then, the process is complex and time
consuming, hindering efforts to roll out new technology and services
This first leg of the initiative will focus on applications for 3G
wireless systems, particularly trouble ticketing, performance and
quality of service, service activation, and provisioning.
The Next Generation OSS through Java initiative was prompted by
requests from a number of companies already building their next
generation OSS components using the Java platform. Being able to add
and remove services easily and introduce new OSS applications and
components quickly is becoming a crucial function for carriers and SPs
that want to remain competitive as Voice over IP and mobile access to
the Internet become a reality.
The border between network and service management is gradually
disappearing, as the market evolves towards provisioning of services
that require integration between the two.
The Enterprise JavaBeans technology with which the OSS APIs will be
developed will help facilitate the creation of solutions offering great
The Next Generation OSS through Java initiative can offer a
comprehensive solution for carriers looking to integrate their legacy
systems. It intends to align itself with other initiatives in the same
arena, such as the TeleManagement Forum (TMF) and Third Generation
Partnership Project (3GPP) initiatives.
Common OSS APIs also will simplify the lives of Independent Software
Vendors (ISVs), giving them rapid access to a bigger potential market,
without requiring them to take account of the proprietary interfaces of
each telecom manufacturer.
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