Calling all small, independent network operators. Cédric Melançon needs your help. Melançon is the director general at Eeyou Communications Network, a small wholesale fiber network operator in a remote part of northern Canada. He is building out the network's capabilities and is looking to see if there are any network management and back office systems designed for operations such as his.
He reached out on Light Reading's message boards -- see this message board interaction -- seeking advice. Here's what he had to say:
- [Eeyou Communications Network has] built a[n] 1800km fiber network in a very sparsely populated area of northern Canada. We are thus [a] startup, a not for profit, trying to provide services to a population that was unserved because of the bad business case in such an area. I have to start investigating the possibility of implementing an OSS BSS. As we will mostly be wholesaling, our billing will not be very complex, we expect to have 50-100 customers over the next 10 years, with about 200-300 service points.
Are there OSS-BSS solutions tailored to organizations such as ours and if so, where should I start investigating?
Well, let's start investigating here. We need some suggestions from others who have been in the same situation. What did you do? Use a spreadsheet? Try to develop some software in-house? Look for a commercial product?
Let's see some community spirit and see if we can help Melançon build that back office.
— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading