Huawei will start selling OSS systems direct to telecoms operators later this year, it revealed this week.
Speaking at a press and analyst event in London on Wednesday, Leroy Blimegger, Huawei's global president of assurance and managed services, provided a sneak preview of an announcement the Chinese vendor plans to make at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month.
Huawei has been selling its OSS platform for implementation through managed services deals, but not directly to its telco customers, because they "weren't ready" to be sold commercially, Blimegger said.
"Starting this year a number of our stacks will be available commercially," he said.
In a move that is linked to this new OSS push, Huawei recently completed the acquisition of Fastwire, Blimegger also said, although there has yet to be a formal announcement of that deal.
We presume Blimegger is referring to Asian OSS technology provider Fastwire which, according to its Website, is majority-owned by its executive team and Macquarie Bank. The company has regional headquarters in Sydney and Singapore, and offices in Melbourne, London, Bangkok, Jakarta, Moscow and Kuala Lumpur.