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Wireless Infrastructure Spending on Increase

The worldwide market for wireless operations support systems (OSSes) --the IT infrastructure that carries out customer care, provisioning and management functions in wireless networks -- will top US$1...


May 1, 2002  


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The worldwide market for wireless operations support systems (OSSes) –the IT infrastructure that carries out customer care, provisioning and management functions in wireless networks — will top US$12.4 billion this year, according to a new research study by Insight Research of Parsippany, NJ.

According to Wireless Operations Support Systems 2002-2007, wireless network operators will increase their investment in OSSes at a compounded annual rate of 20 per cent over the next five years. Insight says that investment is being made to “accommodate strong subscriber growth in several regions around the world and to fund the upgrades needed to make the leap from voice-oriented 2G networks to data-intensive 2.5G and 3G networks.”

Before subscribers can begin ordering wireless instant messaging, location-based services, or wireless conferencing services, upgrades must be made to areas such as billing, provisioning, network management, planning and engineering, the report says.

“Wireless operators recognize that investments in infrastructure must be made well in advance of deployment of the next generation of wireless services. In order for the industry to create a market for these services, investments in new billing, provisioning and network management systems cannot be postponed,” says Insight president Robert Rosenberg. “Therefore, the IT infrastructure elements needed to enable wireless data networks are still being bought, even in the face of industry-wide spending cutbacks.”


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