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MBNL selects Ontology Systems

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Ontology Systems' semantic application, OSS/CAD, aligns and unifies data across MBNL’s OSS infrastructure.

London, UK: September 28, 2010 – Today, Ontology Systems announce that MBNL (Mobile Broadband Network Limited) has selected Ontology Systems’ OSS/CAD to bring together data across NMS and OSS systems from both MBNL’s parent operators to enable the audit of Iub configuration data quality and alignment and the Iub configuration against standard configuration specifications for the shared RAN infrastructure. 

The solution, which models the interconnectivity between the radio and transmission networks, provides fully integrated alignment and quality views for the MBNL RAN Design team and Ericsson Transmission Operations, Radio Operations and Data Quality teams to find:

  • Inconsistent or mis-keyed Iub configuration data in the network and underlying source systems,

  • Configurations that do not comply with standard network designs inconsistencies between the network and the inventory systems

Additionally, the solution will easily and cost-effectively scale to allow for future data quality and configuration audit requirements, such as to include core and IP network configuration.

Working closely with MBNL and Ericsson, Ontology Systems configured and deployed the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution bringing data together from 8 source systems within only 10 weeks. It immediately began to identify configuration errors with potential impacts to network performance and consequently, customer experience.

Simon Kirby, MBNL’s Operations Director, commented: "OSS/CAD has enabled us to rapidly tackle and improve our configuration data quality in a way that wasn’t available to us before. It is rare that an IT project can make such a direct, positive impact on the customer experience.”

Kirby continued: “OSS/CAD was the obvious solution for this project. Working with Ontology to build an end-to-end view of our RAN network was fast and easy. The rapid deployment and SaaS pricing made the entire project a low risk option, allowing us to tackle this complex problem without a CAPEX cost.”

Benedict Enweani, Ontology’s CEO added: "We are privileged to be working with MBNL on their world-leading RAN share.   This project illustrates that Ontology’s semantic innovations apply as readily to complex mobile networks as has already been demonstrated by Ontology’s optical and IP reference customer deployments.  There is simply no network, big or small, that cannot benefit from Ontology’s approach. There now exists a proven alternative to the inflexibility of current data federation technologies and the risk and cost traditionally associated with large transformation programs. The rapid deployment and fast results at MBNL are another example of the power and simplicity of OSS/CAD."

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About Ontology Systems - Leading service providers are using Ontology to finally solve the problem of misaligned data across their systems.   Ontology's OSS/CAD gives them an aligned view of their BSS/OSS data to resolve billing disputes, find leaking revenue, notify customers of service faults and configuration impacts, and automate stalled system migrations.

OSS/CAD aligns data with unprecedented speed and accuracy, and at a fraction of the cost you would expect. The key to making it possible is OSS/CAD's use of semantic technology, originally developed for intelligence applications. It lets OSS/CAD build an end-to-end aligned view of OSS, BSS and network data, from the bottom up and without any disruption to existing systems.

Based in London and founded in 2006, Ontology's customers include BT,  Internet Solutions, QinetiQ, Neotel and Telenor. Ontology and OSS/CAD have received recent widespread industry recognition:

  • OSS/CAD is included in both Gartner's "Cool Vendors in Telecom Operations Management Systems, 2010" and Stratecast's "Global OSS/BSS Rat Pack - Stratecast's 10 To Watch in 2010".

  • OSS/CAD is the application at the centre of BT's award winning "Semantic Toolset to Optimise Business Transformations" project, which won both the TM Forum Business Innovation Award 2010 and Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards 2010.

For more information, please visit www.ontology.com

Press Contact: Nick Gregory (nick.gregory@ontology.com) +44 7966 841688.

About MBNL - Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL) is a 50/50 joint venture company owned by Hutchison 3G UK and Everything Everywhere Limited. MBNL was formed following a ground breaking network consolidation agreement completed in December 2007. MBNL manages and delivers the combined 3G access networks of Hutchison 3G UK and the former T-Mobile UK. This collaboration will lead to almost complete population coverage for 3G services across Britain by the end of 2010 As the world's largest known active 3G network consolidation agreement, this has significantly increased both operators' 3G network quality and coverage, accelerating the provision of new high-speed mobile broadband services and delivering substantial cost savings as well as environmental benefits by de-commissioning 5000 radio base station sites.

By combining their 3G access networks (the mobile masts and infrastructure that connects to each operator's separate core network) Everything Everywhere and 3 UK will create Europe's most extensive high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) network. It furthers both companies' joint commitment to deliver true mobile broadband internet access in addition to reliable voice and text services.

For more information, please visit www.mbnl.co.uk

Press Contact: Mark Smith (mark.a.smith@three.co.uk).