Sun's Java OSS system gets nod for South Korean telco

Sun will supply a Java-based operational support system to South Korea's KT, Sun said Wednesday.

Sun Microsystems will supply software and servers to KT, South Korea's dominant telecommunications carrier, under a deal that Sun says advances the use of Java in the telecommunications operator's back-end software systems.

KT will use Sun-supplied Java APIs (application programming interfaces), J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) middleware and servers to tie together the network management, provisioning and billing systems for its nationwide broadband network, said David Orain, director for telecom strategy and marketing at Sun, in a telephone interview on Wednesday. Sun's announcement was timed to coincide with the TeleManagement World exhibition that is taking place this week in Nice, France, he said.

The system will be developed jointly by Sun and KT and will run on Sun Fire servers including the Enterprise 25K, 4900, 6900 and V40Z models running the Solaris operating system, Sun said in a statement.

The deal advances the "OSS through Java" initiative that was started several years ago and uses Java-based APIs to tie together components of operational support systems (OSS) and business support systems (BSS), Orain said. The initiative has the support of companies including British Telecommunications Plc, Motorola Inc., NEC Corp. Nokia Corp., Nortel Networks Corp. and Vodafone Group Plc.

The OSS/BSS middleware market was worth US$728 million in 2004 and will grow to be worth $870 million in 2008, according to a March report from Bethesda, Maryland, -based Dittberner Associates Inc. That report said the market is coming together around Sun's J2EE environment and that BEA Systems Inc.'s WebLogic and IBM Corp.'s WebSphere are the two most popular applications in the sector.

The telecommunications market is Sun's largest single vertical market and the OSS/BSS segment is the single largest part of Sun's telecommunications business, Orain said.

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