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Introduction of "Open Source" in Telecommunications
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Anastasius Gavras
Project Supervisor
Wieblinger Weg 19/4
69123 Heidelberg, Germany

Project Information
What are the objectives of the Project?
  • Describe the gains and obstacles of Open Source Software in telecom platforms
  • Identify and evaluate possible areas for Open Source Software in telecom systems
  • Identify promising Open Source candidates and evaluate the possible utilisation of these candidates
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages regarding the introduction of Open Source Software in telecom platforms to the Shareholders
  • Analyse the legal aspects
  • Propose further activities, e.g. follow up EURESCOM projects

What is the background for this Project?

The boom of new and cheap Internet services imposes new questions to TelCos. The driving force behind the Internet growth is the joint interest and co-operation of individuals and companies to further the network and enhance the services and content provided. To some extend this is further supported by Open Source Software, available to everybody at low costs, contributed sometimes jointly by universities, companies and individuals.

The forming question for this Study is:

Is it feasible at this point in time and with toady’s technology to introduce Open Source Software to telecom platforms to stimulate the creation of a European object-oriented, distributed service platform?

What is the focus of the work?

The Study can be summarised as follows:

  • The focus is on the evaluation of the feasibility and trade-off of Open Source Software in telecom platforms generally focusing on telecom middleware and services platforms in particular. The Study will analyse and evaluate technical and operational areas for use of Open Source Software. Promising Open Source Software candidates will be identified. Possible impacts on evolving concepts like PARLAY, Third Party Service Providers will be evaluated. Further activities will be recommended.
  • The telecom middleware infrastructure is not an area of TelCo competition and should not be an area for vendor competition. On the contrary the focus here lies in the provisioning of an open, reliable, secure and controllable infrastructure that is needed for the provisioning of distributed services. Interconnection between the different middleware platforms is necessary and should not be hindered by specific vendor interests. Several Open Source Software projects have shown that interoperability, reliability and security can compete with or even be better than commercially available products. Every user of Open Source Software has access to the broad knowledge and experience of other users, getting even direct support from experts and developers.
  • The introduction of Open Source Software in telecom platforms is at this point in time a long-term strategic issue, which still needs further clarification and exploration. If the idea proves realistic and desirable for TelCos, EURESCOM could initiate the creation of a telecom middleware Open Source Community that might be comparable to the very successful Linux community.
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