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The OASIS Telecommunications Services Member Section (OASIS Telecom) was formed in April 2008 and closed in June 2010. The Member Section worked to resolve specific telecommunications-related issues within the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) framework. Contact info@oasis-open.org for more information.


The OASIS Telecommunications Services Member Section (OASIS Telecom) is an open, active community committed to bringing the full advantages of SOA to the telecommunications industry. OASIS Telecom will work with other standards development organizations (SDOs) to pave the way for an exciting, new business model that makes telecommunications services more intelligent, deployable, and easy to consume.

Telecommunications and IT service providers, developers, vendors, practitioners, and researchers all collaborate within OASIS Telecom to resolve specific telecommunications-related issues within the SOA framework. Through the formation and oversight of affiliated OASIS committees, the Telecom Member Section will:

1. Collaborate to develop SOA for application to telecommunications companies

2. Optimize the Web services stack for use by the telecommunications industry

3. Develop information and data models to represent the SOA environment

4. Define mechanisms to allow identity-based services across networks and applications

The work of OASIS Telecom will help telecommunications companies achieve a homogeneous environment that spans time-sensitive and traditional IT services. By exposing the underlying value of the network to IT applications--while at the same time allowing the network to access IT services--OASIS enables telecommunications companies to redefine their role from access providers to service providers.

Scope of work

The OASIS Telecom Member Section will consider the following topics to be included in its scope:



Find answers to these frequently asked questions on OASIS Telecom.

What are the advantages of SOA for telecommunications?

The use of SOA standards offer many benefits for the telecommunications industry. They enable providers to:

  • achieve a homogeneous environment that
    spans time-sensitive and traditional IT services;
  • expose the
    underlying value of the network to IT applications while allowing the
    network to access IT services;
  • hide the complexity and heterogeneity of underlying networks;
  • accelerate service creation and delivery;
  • open
    network platform capabilities to third parties;
  • support
    multi-vendor, multi-technology middleware platforms; and
  • simplify the use of services and devices through personalization and

Why do this work at OASIS?

Many different standards organizations have attempted to apply SOA to the telecommunications sector using a variety of different approaches. Unfortunately, all these fragmented efforts have resulted in gaps that prevent SOA standards from delivering the integration and interoperability that telecommunications providers need.

The most practical, effective way to address these gaps is within the organization that is responsible for defining the core SOA standards. OASIS is home, not only to SCA, SDO, and SOA-RM--but also to related standards such as BPEL, WS-Security, WS-Federation, WS-Transaction, UDDI, ebXML, SAML, XACML, and UBL.

The OASIS Telecom Member Section gives participants:

  • the freedom to maintain a clear focus on telecommunications services in a SOA framework;
  • the proximity to influence and contribute to core SOA standards development;
  • the flexibility to create tightly-focused committees under the respected OASIS process.

The OASIS membership roster includes most of the SOA product providers as well as many of the largest telecommunications companies. The consortium is open to new participation and offers a variety of membership options to enable others to join easily.

Why is a specific SOA for telecommunications effort necessary?

Many of the existing SOA and Web services standards do not address the specific needs of telecom operators or vendors. Operators need a flexible means for managing the integration of sophisticated IP-based and application level services that require connecting multiple technologies and vendor solutions. However, telecommunications services and network features are often tightly coupled, separate, and vertically integrated. Tight coupling and the lack of a universal service creation environment tends to limit providers’ ability to develop new composite services that span heterogeneous telecommunications networks and IT services in a timely manner.

As telecommunications operators make the move to become service providers, the task of service provisioning becomes more complicated, involving telecommunications providers, content and service providers, third party networks and third party service providers. This complexity hinders the ability of telecommunications providers to offer users converged and identity-based services that are available at any time, across any access network and that are device independent. The road to better integration and consolidation of the operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS) has been a difficult one. Experience has shown that combining time sensitive communications services in a robust and scalable manner is a difficult challenge.

In an SOA environment, there are general mismatches between the requirements of the IT world and those of the telecommunications world in such areas as security, raw performance and service availability that impede adoption. There are also serious mismatches related to important characteristic of telecommunications services; mainly, service level agreements (SLAs); where the Telecommunications service provider guarantees the customer a certain level of service in return for a specified payment.

There are a number of non-functional behavioral properties for which descriptive mechanisms do not exist. While these capabilities are important to all services, they are particularly so for time-sensitive ones, such as voice or sensor networks. For example, security models of individual services should compatible. Failure models of individual services should be predictable. There is a need for predicting the availability and reliability model of composed service. In addition service provider’s will have challenges in guaranteeing privacy, data integrity and integrity across boarders while satisfying differing legal requirements of countries or jurisdictions.

Further mismatches arise due the lack of common or interoperable Identity management and authorization schemes. In this case, multiple authentications may be required from a user of composed service, resulting in higher security threats, and reduced quality of experience, lower scalability, and higher constraints to mobility, business-to-business transactions, and business-to-consumer transactions. In providing composite services, telecommunications providers must take scalability into consideration. The composed service scalability has to be defined and in some cases it might not be possible to meet SLAs for very large or very small systems.

Service management of composite services is also important. To manage a composite service, it is necessary to incorporate abstractions of individual services management models, covering such aspects as configuration, event collection, and performance monitoring.

Given the number and complexity of these mismatches, it is reasonable to assume that the task of integrating SOA in Telecommunications environment is challenging. The payoff in terms of speed of development and deployment of new services is so enhanced by embracing the mechanisms of SOA that there are overwhelming commercial drivers to find technical solutions to the mismatches.

What does SOA offer telecommunications?

Telecommunications providers and operators share a common vision for
implementing services. This vision is based on the realization of a
horizontal service platform that supports network enablers and shared
services that can be used to compose new services in a timely manner.
In essence, what is needed is a service capable platform that provides
a form of integration space for communications-centric services with IT
application level services by allowing communications and IT developers
to view services the same way.

The advent of next generation networks, Service-Oriented Architecture
(SOA), Web services and Business Process Modeling (BPM) provides a
technological opportunity for modern telecommunications carriers for
developing intelligent, network-based services through the use of
intelligent, integration middleware. SOA, which was devised to solve
business problems associated with intra- and inter-company cooperation,
is renewing the promise of simplifying telecommunications service
combination and orchestration.