OSS Players Shake a Leg

Syndesis Ltd. is the latest OSS firm to land a piece of the 21CN action at BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), announcing this week that its network discovery product will be deployed in the carrier's next-generation network. (See BT Selects Syndesis.)

The news comes as the OSS sector prepares for its annual software-fest on the French Riviera, next week's Telemanagement World, which usually elicits a flood of news announcements. (See CVidya Shows Off at TMW.)

The Canadian telecom software vendor is supplying its True Source network discovery and reconciliation software, which it inherited when it acquired CoManage in 2005. The software helps carriers collect and manage accurate data that is then used by OSS systems to locate network faults and provision services. (See Syndesis Acquires CoManage.)

Syndesis is best known for landing monster deals for its NetProvision product, which automates IP service provisioning and activation and has brought the company success with Tier 1 carriers such as BCE Inc. (Bell Canada) (NYSE/Toronto: BCE), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) (formerly SBC), and Telecom Italia (TIM) . (See Syndesis Lands Monster OSS Deal, Syndesis Pumps Up Its OSS, and Syndesis Wins Record Deal .)

Syndesis says the BT deal, believed to be worth millions of dollars, is open ended and that its other OSS packages could be included in the future.

The news is the latest in a flurry of 21CN OSS deals, with JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU) and Tektronix Inc. also scoring recently. (See BT Uses JDSU for 21CN and Tektronix Joins 21CN.)

Those vendors join a small group of telecom software players, including Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE: DOX), BEA Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), Cramer Systems Ltd. , Convergys Corp. (NYSE: CVG), MetaSolv Software Inc. (Nasdaq: MSLV), Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL), and Telcordia Technologies Inc. , that have already been chosen for 21CN roles. (See BT Awards Monster OSS Deal.)

Syndesis isn't the only OSS firm with news to share ahead of next week's software shindig.

MetaSolv last week unveiled a raft of new products and capabilities, including a Subscriber and Service Management system, a more flexible multifunctional package it calls Time-to-Market (TTM) OSS, and a Configuration Management product for supporting multi-vendor network environments. (See MetaSolv Spews OSS News.)

Such a raft of new products and capabilities -- and claims of future support for IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) and SDP (Service Delivery Platform) deployments -- makes it look as if MetaSolv might be wanting to keep pace with rival Cramer Systems, which recently re-invented itself as more than just an inventory management system vendor. (See Cramer Gets T-Soft, Nixes IPO and Cramer Unveils New OSS.)

But MetaSolv's marketing chief, David Sharpley, says the products already have operator customers and "have been under development for some time." He adds that this is an example of how MetaSolv "is working with Tier 1 operators around the world to address their key OSS challenges."

Other recent OSS news of note includes:

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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