This whitepaper looks at the arrival of 4G as the last detail of the next generation network topology and asks: can the market ever reach its full potential without a fully upgraded business support systems beneath it? Can future networks work with legacy software, or will this be like dropping a Formula One engine into a family car? To monetize network capabilities, does the supporting framework need to be upgraded to racing performance?
Advances in network technology will be wasted if they cannot be controlled and monetized by a compatible Business Support Systems (BSS). Legacy BSS platforms typically lack the power, responsiveness, and agility to really put the capability of next generation networks onto the road. Future networks will succeed or fail on the strength or weakness of their business support platforms and without substantial upgrade, legacy BSS will collapse under the weight of 4G.