December 03, 2006 21:04 ET

IBM Helps Telcos Reduce Costs and Deliver Revenue-Generating Services

New Software and Carrier-Grade Hardware Address Need for Greater Integration and Security, and Lower Cost and Complexity

HONG KONG -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 3, 2006 -- ITU Telecom World -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today is announcing initiatives and solutions focused on addressing telecoms operators' pressing needs to build a solid, secure, cost-effective infrastructure to roll-out next-generation services.

The new IBM solutions launched today will help telcos to compete more effectively in a marketplace characterized by declining voice revenues and high consumer demand for rich content and services. The new IBM hardware, software and services solutions build on IBM's major investments in its telecoms solutions labs and software acquisitions. These investments improve service creation and delivery capabilities for telcos, enabling them to better integrate and reduce system complexity and cost.

"Telcos are struggling to meet customer demand for rich content via any device over any network," said Mike Hill, General Manager, Global Telecommunications Industry, IBM. "To compete and win, telcos need to transform their operating and infrastructure systems to support the convergence of telecoms and media, and the multi-media rich content that customers are demanding."

IBM telecom solutions announced today, include:

--  Telecom Core Infrastructure Security Solution which provides telecoms
    operators with an integrated system for monitoring and managing network
    health and real-time traffic on demand, ensuring secure networks for
    delivering greater content and services to enterprise clients.
--  BladeCenter HT "hardened" blade server system that meets international
    telecommunications standards. The powerful new BladeCenter HT platform,
    featuring dual and quad-core Intel Xeon, AMD Opteron and IBM Power
    processor-based blades, delivers superior performance and high-speed
    connectivity for network bandwidth 10 times greater than previously
--  Enhancements to Netcool/Precision and Netcool/Proviso to enable
    performance management and availability management for Multi-Protocol Label
    Switching (MPLS) networks. MPLS enables Quality of Service, bringing high-
    priority handling for voice and other traffic types while reducing network
    costs by consolidating network traffic.
Available from IBM and its partners, IBM's new solutions and services for telcos build on IBM's heritage in helping enterprises transform their operational systems and infrastructure to meet evolving market requirements.

At stand #5002 in the ITU Telecom Village, IBM will feature demonstrations of its latest telecom offerings including:

--  Triple Play with IPTV which shows how consumers can dynamically choose
    TV shows, movies and even games from their IPTV service provider.
--  Presence/IMS Based Services which include presence-driven workforce
    discovery and task distribution; location-based call routing and etiquette
    enforcement; and abstraction and learning of rich presence information.
--  Telecom Services in a Web 2.0. World which help telcos expand service
    offerings and revenue opportunities by delivering extended network
    capabilities via Telecom Web Services.
--  Order to Cash Transformation Solution which addresses the end-to-end
    processes and IT infrastructure supporting order entry provisioning,
    activation, billing and collection.
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