Dittberner Reports on OSS

Network inventory software is gaining telecom industry respect as a proven ROI generator, according to Dittberner

March 2, 2006

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BETHESDA, Md. -- Network inventory software is gaining telecom industry respect as a proven ROI generator, according to telecom analyst firm, DITTBERNER.

In a new research study of the OSS market, DITTBERNER cites network inventory’s key value in providing a framework and migration tools to help telecoms consolidate their inventory and mechanize their provisioning processes.

On the heels of several carrier success stories with inventory, Dittberner forecasts the market for network inventory and related network discovery software will grow handsomely by a 9.4% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) from $333 million in 2005 to $521 million in 2010.

Network inventory systems are proving particularly useful in broadband networks where they track services that overlay multiple technologies, OSI layers, and multi-vendor networks. Some recent successes detailed in the Dittberner study include the following:

  • WilTel Communications’ network scattered across dozens of regional centers was causing data accuracy problems such as stranded network elements and over-provisioned services that were costly to isolate. An inventory consolidation using an Open Telecommunications tool enabled WilTel to reconcile its network and enforce business rules to prevent further problems.

  • Elisa, a leading operator in Finland, needed to consolidate about 50 network inventory and provisioning systems it had built in-house or acquired through mergers with other operators. With Comptel’s help, Elisa created a new inventory system that assured better data quality, common processes across the company, and reduced costs from maintaining fewer inventory systems.

  • XO Communications faced a pressing need to unite its two separate networks, the Allegiance and XO networks. The chief drawback was that services for each of these networks had to be ordered separately. After inventory was consolidated on a single MetaSolv system, XO set upon the task of building integrations to mechanize provisioning. From practically no mechanized flow-through in 2003, today some 60-65% of orders flow through from order to activation.

The prospects for the overall OSS market and some 21 network inventory and provisioning vendors are discussed in detail in DITTBERNER’s new report, “Telecom Provisioning, Network Inventory, and Service Management Solutions”.

Dittberner Associates Inc.

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