Progress in Telecommunications Services and Management

Masayoshi EJIRI  Makoto YOSHIDA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E78-B   No.1   pp.5-10
Publication Date: 1995/01/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Issue on Network Operations and Management)
telecommunications service management,  operation services,  service level agreement,  customer cooperative O & M,  multimedia O & M,  

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Telecommunications management is essentially an aggregation of a wide range of activities, including operations and management (O & M) of telecommunications services and customers as well as the network and network elements. During the period of rapid growth in telecommunications, the highest priority was to meet increasing market demand and to construct a telecommunications network infrastructure. Therefore, research and development in telecommunications management were subordinated to the evolution of telecommunications services and systems. Recently, customers have been demanding higher quality services, as a variety of new, advanced services have been introduced. This has led to the need to integrate telecommunications services and O & M services. This paper first reviews the history of the development of telecommunications O & M in parallel with the progress of telecommunications in Japan and clarifies specific features in each step of this progress. This analysis identifies urgent problems and their solutions. The results suggests that telecommunications O & M and O & M services should be considered as a key to making future services possible and to the value of those services in a multi-media telecommunications services environment. Based on these studies, the future direction of O & M is then shown, focusing on cooperative O & M involving the customer in the multi-media, multidomain telecommunications environment.