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Entergy Chooses DINIS from ICL to Manage Complex Distribution Networks.

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RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 11, 2000

Entergy Corporation, the global energy company, has selected the Distributed Network Information System (DINIS) from ICL, a $4.5 billion global IT services company.

Entergy (NYSE:ETR) will rely on DINIS for the capture, display, analysis and management of its underground distribution network systems.

DINIS is a comprehensive distribution network analysis system that integrates data-capture and electrical network analysis and operates either as a stand-alone system or integrated with other applications. It allows control of network diagrams and associated facility data. Customized modules can be added to meet specific requirements; its standard modules are continually being improved as ICL works closely with electricity industry partners around the world.

"Entergy is in the process of implementing the application of DINIS for electrical network analysis," said John Barbay, asset planning project manager, Entergy. "We intend to use DINIS to manage the complex grid of conductors in our underground networks in the major cities we serve, including Little Rock, Ark., and New Orleans. DINIS will be used to model and analyze the underground network areas in the central business districts. The planning engineers will utilize this tool to perform load flow and contingency analysis to locate potential weak spots in the networks and recommend corrective action before failures occur, improving customer service."

Entergy Corporation is headquartered in New Orleans. Entergy is a major global energy company with power production, distribution operations, and related diversified services. Entergy owns, manages, or invests in power plants generating nearly 30,000 megawatts of electricity domestically and internationally and delivers electricity to about 2.5 million customers in portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. It is also a leading provider of wholesale energy marketing and trading services.

"With the increased focus on reliability and customer service combined with the need to maximize return on investment in assets, DINIS provides utilities with a highly competitive tool to help manage their electrical networks," said David Loughran, vice president of ICL's Utilities North America business. "Its intuitive graphical interface ensures rapid user acceptance and productivity, which help reduce total cost of ownership."

ICL's utilities business in North America specializes in information technology for utilities, providing solutions for electric and gas utility companies that help improve their performance in an increasingly competitive and deregulated industry.

About ICL

ICL is a global IT services company. It designs, builds and operates information systems and services for customers in the retail, finance, government, telecommunications, utilities and travel markets. The company has operations in over 40 countries and employs over 22,000 people.

Transformed from a manufacturer of computers, today ICL improves business performance and competitiveness through services focused on electronic business, enterprise applications and the implementation and outsourcing of IT infrastructure.

For the 12 months to March 31, 1999, the company's revenues were $4,458.4(a) billion (2.735 billion British Pounds) which generated a profit before tax and exceptional charges of $105.1(a) million (64.5 million British Pounds). Headquartered in London, ICL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu and plans to float on the London Stock Exchange in 2000.

ICL's website: www.icl.com

(a) NOTE: Exchange rate for restating ICL's revenues in US dollars:

1 British Pound = $1.63
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