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Friday, August 15, 2003

 

"Will RBOCs Undermine Osmine?"

"Will RBOCs Undermine Osmine?"

"Industry insiders say two of the regional Bells, most likely Verizon Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp., have issued a request for information (RFI), which may be followed by a request for proposal (RFP) later this year, for optical network management software.

"Whoopdee-do , we hear you say. Who cares? Well, Telcordia Technologies Inc. mainly, as -- since time began -- the RBOCs have relied on Telcordia for the majority of OSS and management software."

"In fact, the RBOCs are so reliant on Telcordia’s OSS software, that any network kit must be compliant with Telcordia's OSS before it can even be considered by the Bell operators. The compliance procedure, run and charged for by Telcordia on a monopoly basis, is called the Osmine process."


Telcordia's OSS software (originally developed by the Bells themselves first at AT&T and then Bellcore) has a stranglehold on the Bells. They cannot deploy new systems without going through the OSMINE process to ensure their compatibility with their OSS software. Vendors wanting to sell equipment to the Bells pay Telcordia millions of dollars per product to do this.

This whole process and Telcordia's decades-old software systems help ensure the Bells' networks are stable and reliable. At the same time, they are a major factor in keeping the Bells' behaving like dinosaurs.

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