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Tuesday, February 03, 2004


Two good articles about the OSMINE millstone hanging around the Bells' necks as they look at FTTP

I've written before about the complexity and age of the operating support systems (OSSs) the Bells use to run their networks. Vendors have to spend up to $10 to 20 million to get new equipment certified by Telcordia through the OSMINE (Operations System Modifications for the Integration of Network Elements) process. I recently came across two good articles from several years ago that describe the process and the problems:

"Telcordia's OSMINE Gold Mine"
"A Certified Mess"

OSS issues may complicate and delay the Bells' efforts to deploy FTTP (fiber to the premises). Likewise, if they want to offer cable TV channel line-ups over this fiber or even VoD (video on demand) over DSL, OSMINE certification will almost certainly cause delays and added expenses for the Bells.

Non-Bell carriers don't have to worry about this since they don't rely on legacy software originally developed in the 1970s for the pre-breakup Bell System.


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