drivers of OSS transformation

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.

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.

 

OSS on cloud

An increasing number of telcos are sending out RFPs for public cloud OSS, but that hasn’t caught Suntech off guard. Our entire SunVizion OSS suite is proven to work smoothly on AWS, giving CIOs much-needed peace of mind.

Migrating vital OSS applications to the public cloud is no longer unthinkable, at least for the more pragmatic telco CIO.

Future of telecommunications

End-to-end service orchestration and automation needs proper OSS tools and fit‑for-purpose network inventory. 

Ambitious network operators do not want business as usual. They want to transform their operations and become much more agile. This not only means swifter time-to-market for new services, but also lower total cost of ownership (TCO). In pursuit of digital transformation of this sort, many operators talk about turning themselves into a “software telco”.

What is Open RAN?

The open RAN promise of greater cost-efficiencies will be broken without a fit-for-purpose OSS/BSS. If the back office can’t keep pace, telcos will struggle to take full advantage of network advances.

Open RAN is picking up industry momentum. Big telco beasts, including Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica and Vodafone, are urging suppliers to adhere to ‘open’ principles in the radio access network (RAN), where software is disaggregated from general purpose processing hardware.