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With the technological changes on the horizon, there seems significant potential for availability of telecommunications access, and hence services. Many incumbent telecommunications operators are announcing a transition to so-called Next Generation Networks (NGN) to replace their existing networks. Such changes are expected to have significant implications in the way services are provided and the characteristics of these services. Step towards NGN leads to heterogeneity and complexity. NGN is based on distributed architecture that involves multiple equipments and applications to offer innovative services. Hence traditional service management will not be able to support NGN services. This paper discusses the ideas about the advanced management services for NGN. Network intelligence will not just relate to the creative routing of connection based on simple database look-ups, but may take on much broader meaning.
Date of Conference: 24-28 May 2009