Applying semantics to Parlay-based services for telecommunication and Internet networks

Xiuquan Qiao 1 , Xiaofeng Li 1 , Anna Fensel 2 , and Fang Su 3
  • 1 State Key Laboratory of Networking and Switching Technology, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, 100876, China
  • 2 FTW — Telecommunications Research Center Vienna and Semantic Technology Institute (STI), Innsbruck, Austria
  • 3 School of Information and Communication Engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, 100876, China


Ubiquitous convergent telecommunication and Internet networks need to deliver services and content to users in a way that is tailored to the users’ context information and preferences. Thus, there is a new challenge in the areas of accurate service description, linking dynamic service discovery and invocation, which involves the services of telecom networks and the Internet. Semantic annotation can provide advantages for precise service description, discovery and composition. However, open service interface specifications of telecommunication networks are currently still in the syntactic level. By applying semantics to Parlay-based services for telecommunication networks and the Internet, we present an OWL-S-based semantic description approach for telecommunication network services, enabled by the telecommunication service domain ontologies to address the semantic interoperability that exists. Using this approach, we have implemented the semantic telecommunication services gateway and proposed the unified service integration architecture of telecommunication and Internet networks within the semantic-web service environment. Proof-of-concept prototype and case studies demonstrate the practical feasibility of the suggested solution.

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