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Telcordia Number Pooling Services to Enhance BellSouth's

Operations Environment

Communications software and solutions provider Telcordia Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has been awarded an Operations Support System Number Pooling contract by BellSouth to meet the FCC national standards addressing numbering resource optimization. The initial phase of the solution was implemented in January 2001.

As part of its agreement with BellSouth, Telcordia will provide a wide range of services, including the capability to support the donation and receipt of blocks of one thousand telephone numbers from the Pooling Administrator. BellSouth will perform telephone number administration using Telcordia(TM) Customer Number Manager, an application that manages number requests for virtually all communications services. Telcordia(TM) Telephone Number Tracker and Forecaster, using data that is collected from Customer Number Manager, will produce the numerous utilization and forecasting reports and supporting worksheets that have been mandated by the FCC.

The FCC chose thousands-block number pooling as a solution for number resource optimization. In the past, carriers were assigned telephone numbers in blocks of 10,000 on a rate center basis, which stranded large quantities of numbers and caused a shortage of central office codes and area codes. As a result, new area codes have been implemented that would ultimately lead to a premature exhaust of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). Number pooling provides more efficient number resource management and extends the life of area codes by allocating resources in blocks of 1,000 instead of 10,000 to a carrier.

About Telcordia Technologies

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 employs more than 7,000 professionals, and has revenues of more than $1.5 billion. Telcordia ( is headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey with offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Central and South America and Asia Pacific.

About BellSouth

BellSouth Corporation is a Fortune 100 communications services company headquartered in Atlanta, GA, serving more than 44 million customers in the United States and 16 other countries.

Consistently recognized for customer satisfaction, BellSouth provides a full array of broadband data and e-commerce solutions to business customers, including Web hosting and other Internet services. In the residential market, BellSouth offers DSL high-speed Internet access, advanced voice features and other services. BellSouth also provides online and directory advertising services, including BellSouth(R) Real Pages(SM).com.

BellSouth owns 40 percent of Cingular Wireless, the nation's second largest wireless company, which provides innovative wireless data and voice services.

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 the SAIC Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended January 31, 2000. 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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Date:Mar 26, 2001
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