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  • support 2:43 am on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , BIZPHYX: The TL 9000 Experts, reduction of network outages, TL 9000 for Cable providers, TL 9000 The Communications Quality Standard   

    Benefits Of TL 9000 To Cable Providers: Competitive Advantage 

    As we wrap up the series on the benefits of TL 9000 in multiple communications segments, I was thinking about how to distinguish a message regarding the benefits of the TL 9000 to service providers in the cable space.  Quite frankly the message is much the same regardless of market segment: by using TL 9000 as a standard quality management system for suppliers you can control costs within your supply chain, reduce supply chain risk and improve key performance in areas such as, on time deliveries and reduction of network outages.  All of these advantages make sense outright, just as they do for traditional telecommunications wireline and wireless service providers.   However, there is a way that cable providers can look at TL 9000 as being particularly beneficial to their industry-competitive advantage.

    TL 9000 can clearly help cable providers by bringing a strategic competitive weapon to the marketplace.  Cable providers are vying for the same customers against service providers with a long tradition of quality and network uptime.  Until now, this industry segment has not followed a single quality standard for their operations.  (Workmanship standards are another category and I’m sure standards exist for how equipment is installed and maintained.)  I am not disparaging cable providers, as they may not be aware that such a communications quality system exists.

    It is often said; when in Rome do as the Romans do.  Cable providers need to be aware that the major providers have already adopted the TL 9000 quality management standard.  TL 9000 and standardized network operating policies have been a strategic competitive weapon for wireline and some wireless service providers for quite some time.  Standardized measurements required for TL 9000 certification allow certified companies to benchmark themselves against their competitors within their service category. This means that at any given time they will know if they are best in class, worst in class, average, etc. for on time delivery, customer complaints, network or service outages and defective services.

    Imagine as a cable operator, if you reported this type of blind data and had access to it too? You would pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for this type of data from companies that lack the specific expertise of QuEST Forum, TL 9000’s sponsor.  QuEST Forum is made up of member service providers and suppliers that all have industry expertise to lend to working committees that develop the standard and the measurements.

    Cable companies could also encourage critical suppliers within their own supply chain to adopt TL 9000 so they would have a standard way of ensuring that suppliers meet their requirements. The TL 9000 quality standard would be a very effective way for cable suppliers to improve customer satisfaction based on fact based data, shorten their time to market and compete effectively with other providers in the communication’s marketplace. For more information about the standard, contact the TL 9000 Experts and/or e-mail us at info@bizphyx.com.

     
  • support 2:01 am on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , improve OTD, , TL 9000 in broadband, TL 9000 In VoP, TL 9000 The Communications Quality Standard   

    TL 9000 Application and Benefits In VoIP and Broadband 

    In our last few articles we’ve been emphasizing the benefits of implementing the communications quality standard, TL 9000.  I wrote about how the standard began in the wireline segment, being driven by major service providers such as AT&T and Verizon and how it’s beneficial to other industry segments such as ILECs and in wireless space.

    What about the rapidly emerging technologies such as broadband video and voice over IP? The truth is that the major service providers and their OEM suppliers are aggressively rolling out services in these spaces as well. Let’s assume for a moment that broadband and VoIP suppliers are different.  Actually there are some VoIP suppliers that may not be operating in the market segments we just mentioned.  So in that sense, they are different.  They probably have little familiarity with TL 9000.  I have actually been surprised at the number of suppliers that are unique to each of these communications markets.

    So let’s explore some benefits of TL 9000 to VoIP OEM and service suppliers.  Would you like to be assured that your on time delivery percentage improves? Would it be beneficial if your product was designed and developed according to customer requirements?  How would you feel about a product that was thoroughly tested under all conditions?  Does your firm have a disaster recovery plan that helps you continue to serve your customers under dire conditions, such as a loss of data or a facility outage? What if you could reduce the cost of providing your product or service and still maintain its high quality?

    The truth is that TL 9000 brings all of these benefits to the table through solid requirements that when “added” to the basic tenants of ISO 9001, create a standard that can be used by all telecommunications market segments.  The TL 9000 standard reflects the expertise of volunteer executives, who since 1998 have applied their competence in quality systems and their knowledge of past industry issues, in order to create a standard that can be used by all communications market segments.

    Furthermore, TL 9000 allows you to benchmark yourself against your competitors with solid data about on time delivery, customer complaints and other standard measures using blind data that gives no names, but does provide industry averages–best and worst in class and so forth.  As a result we’re starting to see broadband and VoIP suppliers/providers look to TL 9000 in their quality programs.  Why wouldn’t you implement TL 9000, the “communications” quality standard?  Doesn’t it seem like a no-brainer to improve the bottom line of your operations?  For further information on TL 9000 training or implementation contact: info@bizphyx.com.

     
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