Ericsson, telecommunications equipment provider, has signed cross-license agreements with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and Huawei for multi-vendor interoperability, to simplify mobile operators’ use of Operations Support Systems (OSS). This agreement would also support operators in Nigeria, and across the globe when using different vendors system by reducing integration costs and improving time to market. In signing the agreements, Ericsson, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on Monday, said the strategic move furthers the goal of the Operations Support Systems interoperability initiative (OSSii). OSSii is an initiative led by major network vendors (Ericsson, NSN and Huawei), which aims to facilitate the interoperability between network management systems from different vendors.
OSSii is promoting competition for network-level OSS systems by reducing the overall integration costs, as well as speeding up the time to market for new services. The licenses will be available to other OSS vendors on FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory) terms and conditions. Cross-license agreements allow Ericsson and other vendors to develop and sell network management products and services based on each other’s proprietary OSS-interfaces. As part of the initiative Ericsson will provide a remote testing service for interoperability testing. Thomas Norén, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio, Ericsson said the initiative marks a positive step towards improving efficiency in the fragmented OSS market.
By signing these agreements, the Ericsson VP said the company will achieve its goal of stimulating innovation in network management, as well as reducing costs for our customers. Ericsson is showing world-leading technology and service capabilities and innovations. We believe that anything that benefits from a connection will be connected, and we lead the way with solutions that drive the development in mobility, broadband and the cloud, creating the foundation for eco-systems and transformation across industries.
By: Ben Uzor Jr