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Bull and Architel Join Forces to Help Providers Deliver E-Business Infrastructure Services Faster and More Efficiently.

BILLERICA, Mass. and TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 6, 1999--

Integration of Architel's flow-through provisioning software with

BullSoft's OpenMaster for Telecom service assurance suite will give

service providers competitive edge.

Architel Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: ASYC; TSE: ASY), a leading provider of operations support systems (OSSs) to the global telecommunications market, and BullSoft, the worldwide software division of Bull, today announced joint R&D and marketing efforts to produce integrated, carrier-grade service management, fulfillment and assurance solutions for data and IP-based networks. The new solutions will enable service providers to automate their flow-through provisioning and help them assure the highest quality of service to their customers.

The joint development and marketing activities will be based on the integration of Architel's suite of "best-in-class" provisioning products with BullSoft's OpenMaster for Telecom service assurance OSS platform. The resulting offering will allow service providers to reduce the time and cost of delivering new services, as well as the overall cost of OSS deployment.

The proposed solution also will automate the service fulfillment processes and incorporate the needed interactions and inter-dependencies with the service assurance systems. For example, the service fulfillment process can utilize the actual status of the telecommunications network as needed, resulting in dynamic, proactive provisioning and configuration.

"In a highly competitive business environment, service providers are constantly developing new offerings, like unified messaging, Web hosting, information containers, e-commerce and multimedia, to enable their customers to deploy E-business solutions," said Robert Rich, Senior Vice President at The Yankee Group. "One of the major issues facing the service providers is the lack of integration between their provisioning and configuration for service fulfillment and service assurance applications for network, fault and performance management, which results in extensive and time-consuming manual configuration. The agreement between Architel and BullSoft can help to enable service providers to speed up the deployment of new services, while managing the quality of those services and reducing the cost of maintaining them."

As part of the joint R&D effort, Architel and BullSoft are working together on the TeleManagement Forum's IP Service Management Catalyst project. The objective is to demonstrate an integrated service fulfillment and assurance OSS solution for IP VPN-based services at the TeleManagement World Conference in December 1999. As part of the project, the implementation and maintenance of two distinct classes of service over a single VPN is expected to be demonstrated.

"Service providers need a new generation of OSSs that increase automation and integration between business and operational processes," said Stuart Griffith, president and CEO of Architel. "By leveraging our respective competencies, Architel and BullSoft will enable service providers to automate and integrate their business processes from service creation through to delivery and maintenance and reduce the overall cost of OSS ownership. As competition intensifies, the speed of service delivery, combined with high levels of quality and reliability, become top priorities for service providers, forming the basis of differentiation from other providers."

"The OpenMaster for Telecom service assurance suite automates the management of SLAs, performance and quality of service, as well as fault and problem resolution," said Henry Ancona, president of BullSoft. "By linking OpenMaster for Telecom with Architel's suite of provisioning products, for service fulfillment process automation, we ensure that OpenMaster's service assurance database will reflect the most recent additions and changes to the services being provided. Service providers will be able to fully leverage their infrastructure investments through more efficient use of their network assets, and deliver more competitive services to their customers."

About Architel Systems Corporation

Based in Toronto, Canada, Architel develops, markets and supports advanced Operations Support Systems used in the global telecommunications industry. Architel's principal products support the total provisioning needs of telecommunications service providers worldwide. Automatic Service Activation Program (ASAP) enables the rapid activation of services ranging from basic telephony to enhanced services in the local exchange, wireless and data/IP markets. Order Management System (OMS) permits service providers to automate their network and service order management business processes while improving service response times and reducing operational costs. Objectel is a network inventory management solution, which enables service providers to automate network infrastructure provisioning, capacity management, configuration management and circuit engineering. InterGate, an OSS interconnection gateway, enables a service provider to electronically communicate with other service providers to complete a service request, thereby significantly improving service quality and reducing operating costs when trading partners are required. For further information on Architel Systems Corporation, please call the Investor Relations line at +1 (416) 674-4086 or visit Architel's World Wide Web site at

This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements relating to the future performance of Architel Systems Corporation. The forward-looking information is within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Act of 1934, and subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. The forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are described in Architel's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or Canadian securities regulatory authorities, including Architel's Annual Information Form and subsequent filings.

About BullSoft

BullSoft, the worldwide software division of Bull, is a leading vendor of secure enterprise and telecommunications management software (OpenMaster and OpenMaster for Telecom), and enterprise and Internet security management software (AccessMaster).

OpenMaster for Telecom is designed to enable service providers to support and manage the quality of service of multi-vendor and multi-service networks, such as frame relay, ATM, IP services, voice/data, wireless and multimedia by providing end-to-end management from a single point. OpenMaster for Telecom is TMN compliant, and incorporates advanced technologies such as CORBA and Java. Based in Billerica, Mass., BullSoft has research and development, sales and marketing operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Information on BullSoft and its products is available via e-mail at and via the World Wide Web

About Bull

Bull is an international IT group based in Europe with operations in nearly 100 countries. In 1998, Bull earned revenues of 24.9 billion French francs (3.8 billion euros) including nearly 60% outside France, its country of origin. Bull offers a wide range of systems, infrastructure software and IT services, through focused innovation, alliances with the best partners and its own integration expertise. In its industry, besides GCOS mainframes, Bull is recognized for innovative products: the Escala family of UNIX servers, the NT EXPRESS5800 range, smart cards and software such as OpenMaster for secure management of systems and networks. In IT services, Bull is ranked in Europe as the third largest systems integrator and fifth in maintenance and support services. Bull's North/South American operations are headquartered in Billerica, Mass. The company's web addresses are and, for the United States,

Architel, Order Management System (OMS), Automatic Service Activation Program (ASAP), Objectel, and InterGate are trademarks of Architel Systems Corporation.

OpenMaster and AccessMaster are registered trademarks of Bull S.A. in France, the U.S. and other countries.

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