Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson and Huawei have initiated and signed a MoU for an Operations Support System Interoperability Initiative (OSSii).

The OSSii aims to simplify interoperability between OSS systems in a multi-vendor environment. The initiative is expected to provide easy access to interfaces that earlier were subject to restricted use, and enable interoperability testing services to a wider community. The parties’ general guiding principles for the OSSii are openness, fairness, reasonableness and non-discriminatory treatment.  

The reciprocal agreement will cover fault, performance, configuration and basic network event and trace management for the northbound interfaces from Radio Access, Circuit Core and Packet Core network management systems. Under the terms of the MoU, the signing parties are committing to bilateral cross licensing agreements for multi-vendor network management.

The cross-licensing and interoperability testing is open for third-party OSS vendors by joining the OSSii.

[Image courtesy: OSSii]