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GREECE'S EETT SELECTS TELCORDIA FOR NUMBER PORTABILITY.

Greek residents will soon have more choice and, ultimately, less expensive telecommunication service, thanks to a recently signed number portability contract between Greece's National Telecommunications and Post Commission, also known as EETT, and Telcordia Technologies, Inc., Piscataway, N.Y. Telcordia was awarded a 5-year exclusive contract to support the provision of fixed and mobile number portability to Greece's 16 million phone lines, including 6 million fixed and 10 million mobile lines.

"Telcordia is the winner of a competitive bidding to build the infrastructure for the number portability initiative," said Emmanuel Giakoumakis, president of the EETT. "In addition to providing an appropriate technical solution, including quality of service agreements and disaster recovery provisions, Telcordia also offers us the fastest turnaround and best price. Given our target to implement number portability in Greece, Telcordia offers us a clear advantage not only in technology but also time-to-market."

Number portability is increasingly becoming a global mandate and is geared toward providing telecommunications customers more choice and boosting competition among service providers. In the European Union (EU), number portability is actively unfolding as members, including Greece, adhere to the EU mandate. Meanwhile, in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated wireless-to-wireless and wireline-to-wireless customer number portability by November 24, 2003.

Telcordia was selected following a two-month competitive call for tender process based on its expertise in number portability working with several service providers in the United States and Europe. In fact, Telcordia software enables wireless number portability implementations for 7 out of the top 8 U.S. operators. Based on Tier 1 subscribers, Telcordia holds an 85% market share for wireless number portability in the U.S.

For the solution that is provided to the Greek marketplace, Telcordia will provide the number portability clearinghouse software as well as serve as the prime contractor. Telcordia's regional subcontractor, Spirit S.A., will operate the datacenter that will serve as the clearinghouse in-country and provide first-level support, help desk support and training. Telcordia and Spirit are currently in the process of installing and integrating the software. The complete system will be operational mid-October following an initial testing phase.

Service providers will have the option of accessing the system through a number of interfaces based on open industry standards such as SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and a web-based graphical user interface (GUI).

The centralized clearinghouse approach employed by Telcordia allows service providers to interface with an independent entity to deliver solutions with consistent procedures and protocols, supervised by the regulator. Amongst several other major benefits, the clearinghouse approach is preferred to the bilateral agreement approach because it minimizes the number of interfaces and eventual costs for a service provider to offer a number portability solution. Additionally, it is viewed by many as the most reliable approach for managing ported numbers in a country.

"Telcordia's open and flexible platform has enabled us to become the market leader in offering comprehensive fixed and mobile number portability solutions worldwide. This contract expands our reach even further," said Steve Chappell, group president, Operations and Network Solutions, Telcordia. "Open interfaces make economic sense since they dramatically simplify the development work that a provider would need to link with our system. We are able to further minimize costs for participating service providers by offering a simple, usage-based pricing model."

About EETT

The National Telecommunications and Post Commission or EETT is the National Regulatory Authority, which supervises and regulates the telecommunications as well as the postal services market in Greece. EETT's institutional purpose is to promote the development of the two sectors, to ensure the proper operation of the relevant market in the context of sound competition and to provide for the protection of the interests of the end-users. EETT is an independent self-funded decision-making body.

For more information, visit http://www.eett.gr.

About Spirit S.A. Spirit S.A., headquartered in Athens, Greece, offers integrated solutions and consulting services to address managerial challenges. As an engineering and consulting company,

Spirit (http://www.spirit-intl.com) conceptualizes, develops and implements bottom-line solutions for telecommunications and IT transformation.

About Telcordia Technologies, Inc.

Telcordia Technologies, Inc. is a leading global provider of telecom software and services for IP, wireless, wireline, cable, and e-commerce. By delivering flexible, standards-based solutions that optimize complex network and business support systems, Telcordia enables customers to aggressively reduce costs and grow revenues. Telcordia, a subsidiary of SAIC, is headquartered in Piscataway, NJ, with offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America.

For more information, call 781/356-7144 or visit http://www.telcordia.com.
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