Developing a Telecommunication Operation Support Systems (OSS): The Impact of a Change in Network Technology

James G. Williams (University of Pittsburgh, USA) and Kai A. Olsen (Molde College and University of Bergen, Norway)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 54
EISBN13: 9781605665795|DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2006100104
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The Telecommunications Act of 1996 opened competition in the telecommunications market in the U.S. and forced the incumbent telecommunications companies to open both their physical and logical infrastructure for Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs). In this case study we focus on the problems that face a CLEC with regard to designing an information system and getting a back office system, called an Operations Support Systems (OSS), operational in a highly competitive, complex, fast-paced market in a compressed time frame when a change in a critical telecommunications network component, namely the central office switch, is made after 75% of the system implementation was completed. This case deals with the factors that led to this change in central office switches, its impact on the IT department, its impact on the company, and the alternatives considered by the IT department as possible solutions to the many problems created by this change.
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