At this week's ITU Telecom World show in Hong Kong, Sun Microsystems has announced a new global cooperation with Ericsson and Nokia to help standardise telecoms platforms.
The initiative aims to unite the network equipment provider (NEP) community and assist telecommunications operators and service providers.
Peter Ewens, vice president for OEM business at Sun Microsystems, said, "Leading OEMs like Nokia and Ericsson are excited to see Sun step up and engage in a collaborative community effort to relieve some of their platform development and integration challenges."
Coming together as the Telecommunications Platform Initiative, members are jointly developing the requirements for a standardised, integrated telecommunications technology platform to simplify design, development and market supply chains.
Torbjorn Lundahl, vice president of Ericsson Multimedia Systems, said, "I am confident that this effort will lead to a much stronger industry alignment and bring major benefits to our customers."
Jyrki Holmala, vice president for OSS Software at Nokia Networks, said, "The Telecommunications Platform Initiative recognises that technology integration is a common challenge for all NEPs and shows our willingness to work together to find cost-efficient and open standards-based solutions for the industry."
By collaborating on a series of publicly available requirements documents for the operations, administration and management layer and service layer environments, members of the initiative will provide the broader telecommunications industry with new alternatives to improve time to service and time to market for new technology.
Other suppliers and operators are set to become involved in the initiative, said Sun.
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