Clearly telecom operators need to look to creating new services, business models and revenue streams to have sustainable businesses in future. The good news is that there are lots of opportunities in the next-generation services, such as cloud-based applications and storage, M2M, car-based telematics, and content delivery to name just some.
However, to exploit these opportunities, operators need to move to robust, scalable,
secure, horizontal, standardized platforms to which services can be added almost at will, with minimal customization and fast, simple integration.
To support its members through these big, complicated operational and cultural
changes, and to smooth their transition from being communications service provider to digital service providers, the TM Forum has launched the CORe (commercial, operations-ready) project.
The purpose of the CORe project is to better define details of the CORe approach, building upon the experience gained from early CORe-like implementations and their benefits to service providers and vendors.
The goal is that as BSS/OSS systems move toward becoming a standardized platform, CORe solutions will be ‘industrialized’ at a higher level than traditional solutions.