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An exploration of telecom USOC (pronounced “U-Sock”) codes April 22, 2009

Posted by HubTechInsider in Definitions, Telecommunications, Uncategorized.
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Uniform Service Order Code (pronounced “U-Sock”) is a structured language that allows for the development of software to support service order systems in the telephone industry. The service order process utilizes the USOC, along with Field Identifiers (FIDs), to provision, bill and maintain services and equipment. USOCs can be either three or five alpha/numeric characters. A plus (+) sign indicates a variable suffix position. Suffixes define options of the USOC i.e. color, jurisdiction, speed. To prevent confusion the letter “o” is used and zero is not; the number “1” is used and the letter “I” is not. USOCs are designed for tariffed services, official company services, coin services, equipment, detariffed services, etc. The Bell operating companies in the United States and many independent telephone companies use USOCs to communicate both within their company and between companies. Many new companies in the industry are using the USOC information to interpret incumbent telephone company records when they are supplying new service to a customer. The different companies may have different names for the same services, but the USOC name is generic and therefore becomes a common naming device between companies.

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1. Anagha - May 15, 2009

What is an ISOC ? Is that a standard definition too ?

hubtechinsider - May 17, 2009

Hi Anagha:

Thanks for your input. I am wondering if you are referring to ISOC, which in the telecom industry is known as a non-profit organization that fosters the voluntary interconnection of computer networks into a global telecommunications and information infrastructure. ISOC is the umbrella organization for the IAB (Internet Architecture Board), IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force), and IRTF (Internet Research Task Force). For more information, see http://www.ISOC.org

I hope this helps. Please feel free to forward to me any specifics of your ISOC question if this above information does not satisfy your question, and I will find the correct answer for you.

– Paul

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