CIMI Takes On IMS
Nolle started the idea, called ExpediaSphere, a year ago. He launched the idea Tuesday to coincide with Mobile World Congress 2009, although he's not attending the show. (See CIMI Starts ExperiaSphere .)
"The idea is to use open-source as a mechanism to put some dynamism into what people are calling Telco 2.0" but which is "disintegrating into Telco 0.25," says Nolle, who's made himself chief strategist of ExpediaSphere.
If all goes well, Nolle -- who's been doing the coding himself so far -- will turn the project open-source within a few months by dropping it on SourceForge.
This isn't just a case of Nolle going rogue. He claims ExperiaSphere is rooted in the complaints of disgruntled Tier 1 carriers working on IMS a year ago.
"I was doing a lot of work with some of the European operators in some of the standards committees, and I was becoming extremely frustrated by the fact that everybody who was writing telecom standards for software had never written telecom software," Nolle says. (Yes, he's got a background in telecom software.)
"One Tier 1 operator told me, 'My company is 100 percent built on implementable standards, but we're not sure this is one of them.' "
Where's the problem? Nolle's instinct was that IMS should have been developed more along Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) lines, where suggestions get tossed about and experimented on.
"IMS has been an extremely rigidly controlled process, and at one level, that's a good thing. The problem is that IMS carries that rigidity all the way up the development cycle. It's very hard to write an IMS application."
OK, so, how's ExpediaSphere going to change that?
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