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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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SUPERCOMM 2003

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

Telcordia Technologies Telcordia Technologies, formerly Bell Communications Research, Inc. or Bellcore, is a telecommunications research and development (R&D) company based in the United States and created on January 1 1984 as part of the 1982 Modification of Final Judgment that broke up , the world's largest provider of Operations Support Systems Operations Support Systems (also called Operational Support Systems or OSS) are computer systems used by telecommunications service providers. The term OSS most frequently describes "network systems" dealing with the telecom network itself, supporting processes such  (OSS Oss (ôs), city (1994 pop. 62,141), North Brabant prov., S Netherlands; chartered 1399. It is a significant industrial center. Manufactures include meat products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electrical equipment, and metalware. ), and Granite Systems, a leading provider of Service Resource Management (SRM (1) (Storage Resource Management) The management of the storage resources in an organization in order to avoid duplication of files and to determine space utilization across all servers. ) 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 operating costs nplgastos mpl operacionales .

"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 The ability to set up new communications services for customers automatically. Carriers use automated provisioning to set up their network based on customers' requirements. Such systems control all network devices from a central console and greatly speed up deployment time from days to  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 (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , Granite. "This translates to increased ROI (Return On Investment) The monetary benefits derived from having spent money on developing or revising a system. In the IT world, there are more ways to compute ROI than Carter has liver pills (and for those of you who never heard of that expression, it means a lot).  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 (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) A platform from Sun for building distributed enterprise applications. J2EE services are performed in the middle tier between the user's machine and the enterprise's databases and legacy information systems.  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 Telecom Italia is formerly a partially state-owned Italian telco. It was once known as SIP, and it has the largest user base in Italy.

Telecom Italia also owns shares in Telecom Argentina and Telecom Personal, fixed and cellular networks in Argentina.
 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 SAIC - http://saic.com.  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 United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , Canada, Europe, Central and South America South America, fourth largest continent (1991 est. pop. 299,150,000), c.6,880,000 sq mi (17,819,000 sq km), the southern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. .

Telcordia Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

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In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 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 Form 10-K

A report required by the SEC from exchange-listed companies that provides for annual disclosure of certain financial information.


Form 10-K

See 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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