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Telcordia and Granite Team to Deliver Integrated Service Fulfillment and Assurance Solutions; Partnering to Help Global Carriers Reduce Costs Through Complete Process Automation.

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ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 3, 2003

Telcordia Technologies, the world's largest provider of Operations Support Systems (OSS), and Granite Systems, a leading provider of Service Resource Management (SRM) software solutions, today announced a relationship that couples the Telcordia next-generation OSS portfolio with Granite's inventory solution - the Xng(R) System.

This agreement offers Granite customers the opportunity to seamlessly integrate Granite's inventory module as an alternative to Telcordia's inventory with the Telcordia activation, fault and performance modules. Service providers with Granite Inventory would be able to have network elements and connections activated through Telcordia's activation solution, as well as have Telcordia's fault and performance monitoring solutions use Granite as the inventory database of record.

This partnership demonstrates Telcordia's commitment to an open systems approach with other leading vendors, combining complimentary technologies and expertise to provide new solutions to the most critical problems facing service providers. Together, Telcordia and Granite offer a unique ability for Granite customers to improve customer service delivery times and reduce repair time across multiple network layers and technologies, hence lowering operating costs.

"The leading Tier 1 service providers around the world are putting great emphasis on improving inventory accuracy and use of a new generation of commercial inventory applications as a basis for improved operations efficiency. Integration of Granite's Xng inventory management system with Telcordia's broad OSS product portfolio means more and better solutions for large wireline and wireless service providers," said Larry Goldman, RHK's OSS Program Director.

"Telcordia's expertise in automated provisioning and activation and leadership in scalable operations support systems, will enable us to reach new levels with solutions that eliminate time consuming and costly manual tasks," said Jay Borden, President & CEO, Granite. "This translates to increased ROI for our customers."

"By working with Granite, Telcordia provides exceptional activation and assurance capabilities complementing Granite's inventory system thus permitting their customers to reduce time to market for new services by rapidly activating these services and improving service reliability," said Ragui Kamel, Group President, New Generation Systems, Telcordia. Additionally, the depth and breadth of the Telcordia network adapters catalog, addressing discovery, configuration, fault and performance for more than 90 major network elements, provides significant and immediate value to Granite customers operating heterogeneous networks. Through this partnership, Telcordia will continue to expand its global footprint leveraging Granite's success in targeted growth markets.

The joint solution will enable intelligent automation of network inventory, design and service provisioning processes, reducing provisioning times and operations costs by more than 30% through increased flowthrough. The solution automates the complex tasks associated with creating, activating and assuring service paths across multi-vendor, optical, broadband, IP and mobile networks. Both Telcordia and Granite are committed to using industry standards to enable ongoing, easy integration with other OSS products so customers can extend the value of their existing systems.

About Granite Systems, Inc.

Granite Systems provides Service Resource Management (SRM) software for telecoms operators, worldwide, with wireless, wireline, optical and packet technology networks. Utilizing Granite Systems' J2EE technology Xng(R) System, carriers can manage inventories of network resources and capacity, define network configurations, automatically provision services, order, schedule, and monitor resources and provide a database of record to other operational support systems (OSSs). Granite Systems enables clients including AT&T Wireless, Telecom Italia and Verizon to eliminate resource redundancy, improve network reliability and speed service deployment. Founded in 1993, Granite Systems is headquartered in Manchester, NH with offices in London, U.K.; Nice, France; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; Rome, Italy; and Singapore. Additional information about Granite Systems and its Xng System may be found at www.granite.com or by contacting +1.603.625.0100.

About Telcordia Technologies, Inc.

Telcordia Technologies, Inc., an SAIC company, is one of the world's largest providers of operations support systems, network software and consulting and engineering services to the telecommunications industry. A leader in the development of Next Generation Network technologies, Telcordia (www.telcordia.com) is headquartered in Morristown, NJ with offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Central and South America.

Telcordia Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of SAIC. Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements or industry results to be very different from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in SAIC's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended January 31, 2003, and such other filings that the Company makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.
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