An announcement from ATIS' Standards Committee T1 describes the completion of an initial standards formulation for tML (Telecommunications Markup Language). Committee T1 "is sponsored by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and accredited by the American National Standards Institute to create network interconnections and interoperability standards for the United States. This initial tML standard application provides support for DSL Service Provisioning OSS Interconnection". Telecommunications Markup Language is a telecom-specific XML application "which is expected to become the standard for OSS transactions. Just as other industries, such as the automobile industry, have their own XML derivatives for communications among trading partners for e-commerce, so too will the telecommunications industry via tML. T1M1's DSL specific work is based on DSL Forum's DSL Service Flow Through Provisioning requirements (Common order sharing, Standard order deployment, Common Customer information records). The expected benefits of using tML include lower OSS development costs, lower operating costs, more flexible systems integration, and improved time to market... Several schemas are involved with this first application. The most reusable schemas are targeted to be part of a family of tML-Base schemas within the overall tML family of schemas. The DSL Service Provisioning schema will be considered part of the overall tML family of schemas."
DSL Service Flow Through Provisioning. "DSL Forum's technical research and best practices on Service Flow-Through Fulfillment are designed to accommodate the DSL market to facilitate: (1) Common order sharing: tracking customer contact, order and loop qualification status and invoicing details - arming providers with accurate and timely information that can be relayed to customers via call center, automated attendant or the Internet. (2) Standard order deployment: ensuring faster delivery of DSL modem equipment and service provisioning to the customer premises. (3) Common Customer information records: giving technical support organizations better "upstream" visibility to the DSL network provider."