Network Inventory Management

  • Kundan Misra
Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)


Telecom network inventory is slightly different from inventory in the “bricks-and-mortar” world. When one thinks about physical inventory, one generally considers that the inventory itself has intrinsic value that can be realised by its sale. For example, if a Parisian patisserie has 1000 croissants in inventory, then by selling those croissants their value is realised. A service provider does not realise the value in the ir network by selling the network itself. Rather, the service provider sells capacity in the network’s traffic-carrying capability. Thus, physical network inventory needs to be managed primarily for maintenance and for usage accounting purposes. Usage accounting is necessary for billing. On the other hand, a bakery must manage its physical inventory to realise optimally the value in its capital, which includes raw materials, baking oven and other requirements. In short, the physical inventory in a telecom network is a capital good that is not offered for sale as part of the service provider’s day-to-day business operations. Only the service-carrying capacity of the physical network is offered for sale in day-to-day business.


Medium Access Control Inventory Management Telecom Network Network Element Network Inventory 
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© Springer-Verlag London 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kundan Misra
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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