Sunday, February 13, 2005

Microsoft Launches Connected Services Framework for Telcos

Microsoft introduced an integrated software framework that allows telecommunications operators and service providers to deliver converged communications services across multiple networks and a range of device types. The Microsoft Connected Services Framework, which is being introduced at 3GSM World Congress 2005 in Cannes, is a server-based solution for helping wireless and wireline operators to generate additional revenue through new services. The framework integrates other Microsoft, including Microsoft BizTalk Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, to provide a unified platform for creating, aggregating and managing converged services.

Microsoft said that by deploying its Connected Services Framework, operators can bring together not only Microsoft services such as Microsoft Solution for Hosted Exchange 2003, the Microsoft TV platform and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server, but also operator-developed services and a broad array of third-party services and content to create new combinations of services targeting specific customer segments. The Connected Services Framework would integrate with a variety of operations support systems (OSS), business support systems (BSS) and network service products based on industry standards.

BT, Bell Canada and Celcom Malaysia are deploying the Microsoft Connected Services Framework to facilitate the delivery of services to their customers.


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