IBM Helps Telcos Reduce Costs and Deliver Revenue-Generating Services

New Software and Carrier-Grade Hardware Address Need for Greater Integration and Security, and Lower Cost and Complexity

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HONG KONG - 03 Dec 2006: ITU Telecom World -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today is announcing initiatives and solutions focused on addressing telecoms operators' pressing needs to build a solid, secure, cost-effective infrastructure to roll-out next-generation services.

The new IBM solutions launched today will help telcos to compete more effectively in a marketplace characterized by declining voice revenues and high consumer demand for rich content and services. The new IBM hardware, software and services solutions build on IBM's major investments in its telecoms solutions labs and software acquisitions. These investments improve service creation and delivery capabilities for telcos, enabling them to better integrate and reduce system complexity and cost.

"Telcos are struggling to meet customer demand for rich content via any device over any network," said Mike Hill, General Manager, Global Telecommunications Industry, IBM. "To compete and win, telcos need to transform their operating and infrastructure systems to support the convergence of telecoms and media, and the multi-media rich content that customers are demanding."

IBM telecom solutions announced today, include: 

Available from IBM and its partners, IBM's new solutions and services for telcos build on IBM's heritage in helping enterprises transform their operational systems and infrastructure to meet evolving market requirements.  

At stand #5002 in the ITU Telecom Village, IBM will feature demonstrations of its latest telecom offerings including: 

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