RES: RES: Software For Telcos

Cat Okita cat at
Tue Jan 4 10:03:22 CST 2011

On Tue, 4 Jan 2011, Takashi Tome wrote:
> That was true some 30 years ago...

That's still true today.  There's an insane amount of in-house stuff still
kicking around, for various reasons, some reasonable, some not so much.

> Actually, I think the problem is quite different. Big telco's network is 
> a very complex thing - well, you all can say, Internet is too...
> But if we see some "similar" business like aircraft-defense and 
> professional video market, we see some similarities: there are a lot 
> of tricks and "non-documented standards" that make those software a kind 
> of mistery for foreigners. Put in other words, software knowledge is 
> not enough, you must have a deep understanding of that business and the 
> history of the system itself...

I believe that would be the intersection of COTS and NIH ... "Yup, we're
using $SOFTWARE, but we have a few in-house customizations..."

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