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Press Release -- February 12th, 2014
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Huawei and Nokia Solutions and Networks Sign Bi-lateral Agreement for Operations Support System Interoperability Initiative

[Shenzhen, China, February 12, 2014]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider, today announced the signing of cross-license agreement for an Operations Support System Interoperability Initiative (OSSii) along with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN).

The OSSii aims to simplify interoperability between OSS systems in a multi-vendor environment. OSSii will provide easy access to interfaces that earlier were subject to restricted use, and will enable interoperability testing services to a wider industry community. The parties' general guiding principles for the OSSii are openness, fairness, reasonableness and non-discriminatory treatment.

In May 2013, Huawei and NSN took part in the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for OSSii. While the MoU set the general guiding principles of the initiative in the meantime Huawei and NSN reached an agreement on the technical details of configuration, performance, and fault northbound interfaces for Radio Access, Circuit Core and Packet Core.

In addition to the cross-license agreement, reciprocal testing service agreements were signed between Huawei and NSN where both companies offer interoperability testing opportunities for the licensed interfaces under OSSii. As part of the agreement, Huawei and NSN will provide testing environments and OSSii interfaces technical documents to each other for the purposes of OSSii pre-integration testing.

As a next step Huawei and NSN plan to extend the scope of the bi-lateral license agreement to include more network nodes and interfaces as well.

The signing of agreement between Huawei and NSN is an important milestone to facilitate the integration of northbound interfaces.

Operators stand to benefit greatly from the OSSii northbound integration model. Time to market will be shortened and costs will decrease, and common problems associated with current northbound integration solutions will be significantly alleviated.

More details on the OSSii agreement can be found on www.ossii.info. A list of relevant contact partners as well as Q&A documents can also be found on the online portal.

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