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DST Innovis' Intelecable Scales to Support 15 Million Customers On Bull's Escala Server; New Level of Support for Convergent Billing.

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RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif./BILLERICA, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2000

Bull and DST Innovis today announced the results of a benchmarking study that shows broadband operators can deploy a customer management and billing system that is scalable to 15 million voice, video and data customers. This break-through performance resulted from pairing DST Innovis' Intelecable customer management system with Bull's Escala servers.

Bull undertook extensive testing at its R&D facility in Les Clayes, France, analyzing the performance of DST Innovis' Intelecable convergent billing system on various levels of Bull's Escala UNIX servers - entry, mid-range and high-end. These performance tests are the latest in a series of activities to develop, test and tune Intelecable on Bull Escala platforms to make this turnkey solution scalable and easy to use.

"Combining our Intelecable solution with the high-performance power of Bull's Escala servers creates a superior customer management solution," said Bob McKenzie, senior VP of strategic marketing for DST Innovis. "We can confidently provide our customers with a single technology source to meet the needs of their growing, converging and ever-evolving business needs."

"We appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of the Escala family of servers," said Stephane Daudier, Bull's VP of open systems solutions & partnerships. "The DST Innovis business vision perfectly complements our strategy and vision. Bull is committed to the success of this alliance," Daudier said.

DST Innovis' Intelecable

Intelecable supports video, voice, data and interactive services in multiple languages from a single relational database. Designed to meet the unique business requirements of companies offering multiple communications services in the ever-expanding and complex global marketplace, Intelecable debuted in the UK in 1993 and is now running in more than 115 installations worldwide. With an open architecture and broad range of distributed APIs, Intelecable enables flexible, scalable solutions and rapid deployment of customized new features and systems.

Escala Server Family Features Unmatched Scalability, Performance, High Availability

Bull's Escala family of AIX-based servers offers the industry's broadest performance range of binary code-compatible, 64-bit multiprocessor servers. From the entry-level Escala E250, through the mid-range Escala EPC450 and up to the high-end Escala EPC2400 - the world's fastest UNIX system certified at 135,815 transactions per minute - Escala servers deliver optimal price/performance, configuration flexibility and high availability. AIX 4.3 provides extensive web-based tools for simplified administration and includes the powerful Workload Management capabilities developed by Bull. Over 65,000 Escala systems are installed worldwide.

About DST Innovis

DST Innovis leverages 30 years as a market leader to provide innovative customer management and open billing solutions to the global communications and utility industries. DST Innovis' business solutions transform typical billing and customer care tasks into valuable and efficient communications, resulting in loyal customers, increased revenues and decreased expenses.

DST Innovis, named for its innovation and vision, remains on the technological forefront and continues to be an industry leader with the latest customer management and billing solutions. The company maintains a strong network of alliances with industry leaders to ensure its systems are fully functional and continue to meet customers' needs. Headquartered in Rancho Cordova, Calif., the company has 10 offices worldwide. More information about DST Innovis can be found at www.dstinnovis.com.

About Bull

Bull is an international IT group that operates in more than 100 countries. In 1999, the company earned revenues of $4.3 billion, with over 65% outside of France, its country of origin. Bull's strategy is focused on the Internet and electronic business in three key domains: solutions with consulting and systems integration; infrastructure, including Internet-ready enterprise systems, smart cards and software for secure infrastructure management; and managed services for Intranets and e-commerce sites and marketplaces. Bull's worldwide software division, BullSoft, and its North/South American operations, are headquartered in Billerica, Mass. The company's web addresses are www.bull.com and, for the United States, www.us.bull.com.

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