ICT technology vendor, Huawei, has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for an Operations Support System Interoperability Initiative (OSSii) alongside other major OSS vendors, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks.
The OSSii aims to simplify interoperability between OSS systems in a multi-vendor environment, provide easy access to interfaces that earlier were subject to restricted use, and enable interoperability testing services to a wider community.
As per the agreement, while all three initiating OSSii companies have agreed to cross-license their OSS interfaces for multi-vendor network management, cross-licensing and interoperability testing opportunities will also be offered for third-party OSS vendors and other network equipment providers.
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.
Huawei OSS and service wireless networks business unit president, Jiang Wangcheng, said industry-wide interoperability between different vendor OSS systems will reduce OSS integration costs, simplify overall network management, and enable shorter time-to-market for new services.
He also claimed that by enabling the implementation of up-front multi-vendor OSS interoperability, OSSii will also target the promotion of healthy, win-win competition for network-level OSS systems.
"The OSSii agreement will greatly advance OSS development, and will provide operators in all markets the ability to fully capitalise on the best OSS solutions available. We are also extremely happy to take part in such an important initiative that takes transparency, openness and fairness as its guiding values," Wangcheng said.