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By: Susana Schwartz

OSS/BSS News

VOSS Analytics added new capabilities to its value-added module in the VOSS-4-UC suite of products, which enable organizations to quickly retrieve information about users, devices, services, licenses and transactions through an easy-to-use web-based portal. Customers can evolve out-of-the-box dashboards and reports and leverage customized analysis and reporting that deliver value and greater insight into the business. As well as improving internal processes, these capabilities provide more flexibility in the business value they offer to end users.

Recognizing that the pay-TV market involves a wide range of formats and consumption models, Alpha Networks introduced its next-generation platform tucanoRED. Featuring an open CMS/CRM architecture as a service (SaaS) business model,tucanoRED simplifies subscriber management as well as the delivery of different service offerings for live and on-demand content delivered over various networks, while ensuring trouble-free deployment within any new or existing workflow. The back-end platform allows service providers to personalize user experiences through recommendations and to monetize content through targeted advertising. It also leverages player and subscriber analytics to further enhance the customer experience.

Comarch was chosen by Orange Polska as its vendor to support its OSS4TTH project. Comarch will provide Orange Polska with its best-of-suite OSS solution, comprising modules that enable easy management of both network resources (Network Inventory Management) and services (Service Inventory); customer order decomposition (Service Order Management) and dynamic services fulfillment process (Service Fulfillment); seamless management of workforce in the field (Field Service Management); and simplification of the management of reported errors (via the Trouble Ticketing System). Comarch will manage the migration of Orange’s physical, logical and service inventory data, and will facilitate the integration of the solution with Orange’s BSS domain, network infrastructure and service delivery platforms using TM Forum’s Open API recommendations.

NEC Corporation of Malaysia and Netcracker Technology announced their collaboration with technology giants Red Hat, Juniper Networks and Dell EMC to offer an end-to-end multivendor 5G-ready virtualization platformfor service providers and enterprises in Malaysia. The partnership, building off its Ecosystem 2.0 Program, will see NEC Corporation of Malaysia/Netcracker positioning itself as a full SDN/NFV solution provider capable of designing and deploying network architecture utilizing IT virtualization technologies for entire classes of network node functions. They are targeting CSPs in the United States, South Korea, Sweden, Estonia, Turkey, Japan and China, and all that are in the process of upgrading network infrastructure in preparation to offer 5G communications services.

Wireless News

Rogers announced it continues to invest in communities across Alberta with expanded LTE wireless service in Lethbridge and between Banff and Calgary. Rogers and Fido customers will have an improved wireless experience and more seamless coverage to make calls, access the Internet, and stream music and video at the new ATB Centre in West Lethbridge, in residential Lethbridge, and along the Trans-Canada Highway between Banff and Calgary. The improved service also provides HD quality voice services when using a device enabled with VoLTE. In addition, Rogers has turned on 700 MHz spectrum in these areas in order to provid better coverage in hard-to-reach places like basements, elevators and buildings with thick concrete walls. This will give customers stronger LTE signals on their devices.

T-Mobile announced it has begun lighting up its new 600 MHz LTE network — leveraging the large amount of super-premium low-band spectrum won in the government broadcast incentive auction that concluded earlier this year.The announcement comes only two months after T-Mobile received its spectrum licenses from the FCC. T-Mobile’s first 600 MHz LTE network sites — the very first in the world — were recently switched on in Cheyenne, Wyoming using Nokia equipment.  T-Mobile plans to deploy the new super-spectrum in a six-month period. In addition, T-Mobile announced it will carry the LG V30 – the world’s first smartphone to support 600 MHz LTE. The company is simultaneously laying a foundation for true nationwide 5G with breakthrough new equipment from Ericsson that supports both LTE and 5G. 



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