OSS Sizzles on French Riviera

NICE, France –- Telemanagement World Nice 2007 –- The telecom software industry is heading for the French Riviera this week to peddle its wares, strike deals, accept awards, and announce the latest news. (See Turning Point for OSS.)

More than 100 vendors are camped out on the event's show floor looking to pitch to the expected 4,000-plus visitors. (See Subex Azure Goes to TMW, Reliance, Clarity Go to TMW, Ness Plans OSS Launch, Tribold, Convergys Show Off, and Celona Updates Its OSS.)

And while many of the sector's players are expected to flood the newswires on Tuesday (the first day of the conference and exhibition), some companies have jumped the gun with early news releases.

These include IP service provisioning specialist Atreus Systems Inc. , which has landed a deal at Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) and struck a partnership with IT giant BEA Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS). (See KPN Uses Atreus OSS and Atreus, BEA Team Up.)

Test system giant Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) has a triple whammy of news. First, it's launching a 3G access service assurance product called Cell-Based Analysis; second, it's forming a partnership with data warehousing specialist Teradata (NYSE: TDC) to create a "business intelligence" platform; and third, Agilent says its NgN Analysis System can now monitor and troubleshoot IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks. If it can find any, that is. (See Agilent Troubleshoots IMS, Agilent Unveils New OSS , and Agilent, Teradata Team Up.)

Inventory management and provisioning system vendor Axiom Systems Inc. , meanwhile, has flagged up its news releases ahead of time. It is due to unveil its AXIOSS Active Catalog and AXIOSS Version 6 software suite at the show, with the Active Catalog playing a key role in one of the Catalyst programs at TMW, which show off the results of multi-vendor and carrier cooperation. Axiom is involved in the Product and Service Assembly Initiative, along with BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Telia Company , and Tibco Software Inc. (Nasdaq: TIBX). (See Axiom Goes to TMW.)

Ahead of Tuesday's conference and exhibition are the inaugural TM Forum Excellence Awards, which are being handed out at the Palais de la Méditerranée Monday evening. Light Reading will be there, soaking up the gossip and vin rouge, and we'll report anything we can remember the morning after. (See TMF Launches OSS Awards.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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