Carrier Guide Open Framework
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Overview: The rapidly changing communications environment has resulted in substantive changes in how technology capital and operational resources are allocated. Broadband technology is creating fundamental changes to the traditional business models for wireline, wireless, and data network providers. This paper is an overview of IBMs Carrier Grade Open Framework (CGOF) with a perspective on the emergence of solution frameworks; the importance of open standards and Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) components; and the relevance of Next Generation Network transformation and a demand side economic model.