FOLSOM, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Telefonos de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (TELMEX), in its efforts to satisfy Mexico's burgeoning telecommunications demands, has selected Objective Systems Integrators, Inc. (Nasdaq: OSII) as its vendor of choice to provide operations support systems (OSSs) throughout its network operations. Under a five-year master agreement, TELMEX (NYSE: TMX) can deploy OSI's NetExpert(R)-based OSSs in wireline, wireless, transport, local loop, and broadband communications and in messaging, data center operations, and Internet access. The agreement sets forth 53 NetExpert-based projects which TELMEX may implement over the next five years. Implementing these OSSs is part of a broader reengineering and expansion plan by TELMEX which includes the use of NetExpert in other projects not named in the master agreement. Revenues to OSI for the first project, which is presently underway and includes OSI's trafficMASTER(TM) application component, should exceed $5 million. "Our commitment to offering the greatest breadth, most advanced technology, and highest quality services in wireline and wireless communications requires that TELMEX employ best-of-breed telecom equipment from many different manufacturers," said Juan Ludlow, vice president of business and operations support systems for TELMEX. "NetExpert-based OSSs will enable TELMEX to rapidly deploy new equipment and services while maintaining a consistent user interface for our OSS operators." TELMEX selected OSI's NetExpert framework after reviewing competitive products for their ability to support multivendor networks, provide scalability to handle network growth, integrate with legacy systems, and enable rapid deployment of new services. "We're pleased to have been selected as a partner of TELMEX to help expand and manage what has become one of the world's most comprehensive and advanced service-provider networks," said Dick Vento, co-CEO of OSI. "The ability to meet the network management needs of an entire country's telecommunications infrastructure raises the bar for OSS suppliers." TELMEX intends to develop an internal capability to implement its own NetExpert-based OSSs by training 40 of its employees in NetExpert development and administration. Several integrators, including OSI, will also be used to implement TELMEX's NetExpert-based OSSs. OSI will open an office in Mexico to support these endeavors. Network Convergence Creates Demand for More Flexible OSSs "OSI's NetExpert product has proven its ability to provide comprehensive support for our multivendor networks, and has proven to be scalable to manage several million objects -- two criteria in our decision to establish it as our network management standard," said Ludlow. "As a result, we can quickly deploy new equipment without disrupting existing network operations. Rapid deployment of services to our customers will be a critical element for competing in Mexico's deregulated telecommunications market." TELMEX also selected NetExpert because it is a flexible framework that can be easily adapted to provide support for key functional areas of network operations including fault management, performance management, provisioning, service activation, inventory, configuration management, test management, workflow management, and data collection. "In part, it was NetExpert's ability to support these functions across our many network domains that lead us to establish it as our OSS standard," added Ludlow. TELMEX Plans First Phase of OSS Reengineering In the first phase of its long-term OSS reengineering plan, TELMEX will install OSI's trafficMASTER application component to monitor wireline switching throughout TELMEX's nationwide switch network. Objective Systems Integrators, Inc. is a leading provider of TMN-based OSSs used by telecommunications carriers to simplify network integration and management. Headquartered in Folsom, Calif., OSI has offices throughout the United States, Asia-Pacific, and in Europe. OSI's home page on the World Wide Web is www.osi.com. TELMEX is the leading provider of local, long distance, data, and image transmission services in Mexico. TELMEX has a system of over nine million service lines, 800 central office switches, and a nationwide optical-fiber network. OSI news releases dating back one year are available by fax at no charge by calling Company News On Call at 800-758-5804, ext. 623150. Other investor relations literature and information can be obtained by calling OSI at 800-741-1069. NOTE: NetExpert is a registered trademark and trafficMASTER is a trademark of Objective Systems Integrators. Objective Systems Integrators acknowledges the proprietary rights in the trademarks and product names of any company or product mentioned herein.
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