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Monday, August 04, 2003


Quantum Bridge Completes OSMINE Process

Quantum Bridge Completes OSMINE Process

"Quantum Bridge Communications ... today announced completion of the Telcordia(TM) OSMINE process for both the Telcordia(TM) TIRKS(R) and LFACS(R) Operations Support Systems. With completion of the entire process, the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) can integrate Quantum Bridge's FTTP Solution into their core operations systems for inventory, service activation, alarm and surveillance monitoring in support of high-capacity (DS1), voice, video and data services."

The Bells' legacy operating support systems are extensive and, in many analysts' opinions, excessively complex and old. The Bells' operating systems go back to one of the world's first widespread adoptions of business process automation using mainframe computers in the 1960s and 1970s.

OSMINE puts up substantial barriers to entry to smaller companies trying to sell products to the Bells. I have read estimates of achieving OSMINE compliance as high as $10 to $20 million for a new product. Many would also say that the whole system also makes the Bells themselves less responsive to new technologies and new ideas.

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