OSS equivalent

Operations Support Systems (OSS) collect a lot of data across many different areas of interest including, but certainly not limited to:

  • Network / Resource Inventory - physical and logical, inside plant and outside plant, configurations and attributes
  • Service Inventory – orders, order parameters and resources
  • Network / Service Assurance – network health metrics and service health metrics

significant OSS/BSS architecture changes

There was a time when OSS/BSS build and transformation projects were sexy. They were the hot new technology projects that carriers around the world were embarking on. They offered the promise of lifting operations teams up a level from what the NMS (Network Management Systems) tools provided that they had previously relied upon. The promises of those OSS/BSS transformations were tantalising. They offered drastic improvements, increasing operator effectiveness and business optimisation compared with the manual, swivel-chair approaches required with NMS-level operations.

network planning and design why is important

The answer to this question seems so obvious at first glance. There are constant changes going on in a telco network, so there’s clearly a need to implement those changes via corresponding planning and design activities. But what might not be so obvious is the importance of those network design and planning decisions on the efficiency and effectiveness of the network. This blog highlights the many ways in which these effects play out in the short term and the longer term.

time synchronization in telecommunication networks

SunVizion Network Inventory allows full visualisation of synchronization assets that are increasingly vital to support 5G and IoT use cases.

Time synchronization in telecoms networks doesn’t have the same industry glamour as 5G or Internet of Things.  Without it, however, much of the promised socio economic benefits of digital transformation will not materialize. Service performance will suffer, and operators will be left grappling with greater network inefficiencies.  

Telecom industry trends

When you've been in the telco industry for many years, you'll begin to notice that OSS/BSS trends often move like a pendulum. The pendulum moves from off-the-shelf products to in-house-developed and back to off-the-shelf. From monolithic to modular and back. The current trend is to move away from monolithic stacks to microservices. Large telcos have fostered modularity for many years by using best-of-breed approaches. They are now increasingly adopting microservices, which represent modularity, but at a micro scale.