China-based Huawei has announced the signing of a cross-license agreement for an Operations Support System Interoperability Initiative (OSSii) along with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN).
The OSSii aims to simplify interoperability between Operations Support Systems (OSS) in a multi-vendor environment. Huawei said the agreement will allow access to interfaces that were previously subject to restricted use, and will open testing services to the wider industry.
“The parties' general guiding principles for the OSSii are openness, fairness, reasonableness and non-discriminatory treatment,” Huawei said in a statement.
In May 2013, Huawei and NSN took part in the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for OSSii. While the MoU set the general guiding principles of the initiative, in the meantime Huawei and NSN reached an agreement on the technical details of configuration, performance, and fault northbound interfaces for radio access, circuit core and packet core.
In addition to the cross-license agreement, reciprocal testing service agreements were signed between Huawei and NSN where both companies offer interoperability testing opportunities for the licensed interfaces under OSSii. As part of the agreement, Huawei and NSN will provide testing environments and OSSii interfaces technical documents to each other for the purposes of OSSii pre-integration testing. As a next step Huawei and NSN plan to extend the scope of the bi-lateral license agreement to include more network nodes and interfaces.