Italtel and Bea Systems Partner to Accelerate IT and Telecom Convergence

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At the 3GSM World Forum in Barcelona, Italtel and BEA Systems Announce a Technology and Business Partnership to Speed the Process of Convergence

     Between Voice and Web Services and Fixed and Mobile Networks Core News Facts: 1. Italtel and BEA Systems have announced a partnership

    designed to enable service providers to offer new convergent digital

    services to end users. 2. Completing an important milestone in this partnership, Italtel has achieved certification of its platform with BEA WebLogic(R) SIP Server as part of the 3GPP standard for IMS networks. Italtel is leveraging BEA WebLogic(R) Communications Platform products,

     which include BEA WebLogic SIP Server and BEA WebLogic(R) Network

     Gatekeeper, as its preferred IMS service layer platform.

    BARCELONA, Spain, 3GSM WORLD CONGRESS, Feb. 13 /-/ -- Italtel, a leading provider of solutions, products and services for next generation IP networks, and BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), a world leader in enterprise and communications infrastructure software, have announced a partnership designed to enable service providers to offer new, convergent, digital services to end users.

    The strategic partnership leverages BEA Systems' proven experience in the IT and telecom industries, and the expertise Italtel has acquired in telecommunications network architecture, both in Italy and in international markets. Completing an important milestone in this partnership, Italtel has achieved certification of its platform with BEA WebLogic(R) SIP Server as part of the 3GPP standard for IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) networks, and is leveraging BEA WebLogic(R) Communications Platform products, which include BEA WebLogic SIP Server and BEA WebLogic(R) Network Gatekeeper, as its preferred IMS service layer platform.

    "This partnership with BEA Systems can help Italtel expand and strengthen its own range of products and services towards solutions designed to integrate IT and Telecom components, which can benefit all players on the market who are participating in the process of digital convergence," said Claudio Chiarenza, vice president and general manager of Italtel. "BEA and Italtel are committed to creating a new architectural model that will provide innovative services on the various different types of network, protect investments and ensure continuity from existing systems."

    "The European telecom market continues to expand at a rapid rate and customer demand for new, innovative, next-generation services is unprecedented, said Mike McHugh, vice president and general manager, BEA Systems. "The BEA and Italtel partnership leverages BEA's leading telecom technologies and Italtel's solid know-how in next-generation IP networks to help service providers meet and exceed this demands."

    The convergence of IT and telecom is radically reshaping vendor business models and competitive borders, creating a continually-changing scenario for both products and services. The Italtel and BEA partnership is already well-established and will now progress even further to bring a new platform of services to the market, creating an architectural model that can enable service providers to rapidly redevelop services, while protecting past investments, guaranteeing time-to-market and containing implementation costs of new services.

    One of the tangible results from this partnership is that Italtel has completed interoperability testing of its HSS 1.0 product with BEA WebLogic SIP Server as part of the 3GPP standard for IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) networks.

    Network operators worldwide are actively deploying IP-based, converged, multimedia networks based on the IMS architecture. To maximize the revenue potentials of IMS networks, operators are looking to deploy a powerful, feature-rich IMS Services Layer. BEA and Italtel are enabling the creation of new IMS services based on the first converged Java EE-SIP-IMS application server, BEA WebLogic SIP Server, and a flexible Telecom SOA services environment for operators and content providers, using BEA AquaLogic(TM) Service Bus and BEA WebLogic(R) Network Gatekeeper.

    At the 3GSM World Forum, Italtel will be demonstrating at the BEA stand Exhibition Hall 1, Stand B22 with its Demo Point BEA Systems -- Italtel: "IMS-SOA Mobile Services," where visitors can explore the use of mobile multimedia services. For more information about BEA WebLogic SIP Server, and the BEA WebLogic Communications Platform, please visit http://www.bea.com/sip and http://www.bea.com/wlcom, respectively.

    The BEA WebLogic Communications Platform product family, including BEA WebLogic SIP Server, is a key component of the BEA SOA 360 platform. Announced in September at BEAWorld 2006 in San Francisco, the BEA SOA 360 platform is designed to deliver the industry's most unified SOA platform and spans all three of BEA's product families, AquaLogic(R), WebLogic(R), Tuxedo and the company's newly unveiled SOA collaborative tooling environment, BEA Workspace 360. (See Sept. 19, 2006, press release titled "BEA Announces SOA 360; Industry's most unified SOA Platform to transform and optimize business.")

    Italtel IP Multimedia Subsystem Solution

    Is, based on IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) standard, defined by 3GPP/3GPP2 and now adopted by other international standardization bodies, designs a horizontal layered architecture for the development of Multimedia Services and Voice over Packet domain, using standard protocols (mainly IP, SIP -Session Initiation Protocol, and Diameter). IMS is the enabling technology that allows multi-access multimedia communication services to be deployed on core IP transport networks.

    About BEA

    BEA Systems, Inc. is a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software. BEA's SOA 360 platform is the industry's most unified SOA platform for business transformation and optimization, in order to improve cost structures and grow new revenue streams. Information about how BEA is enabling customers to achieve Business LiquidITy(TM) can be found at bea.com.

    About Italtel

    The Italtel Group designs, develops and implements next generation multiservice integrated network systems, using state-of-the-art products and a system integration capacity that guarantees reliable infrastructures, open to networking and flexible in terms of technology development. These solutions are intended for telecommunications operators (fixed and mobile), Internet Service Providers, large enterprises and the public sector. Italtel turnover in FY 2005 was 545.8 million euro, and the company currently has around 2,400 staff. The body of shareholders of Italtel Group S.p.A., parent company of Italtel S.p.A., is composed as follows: CD&R (48.77%), Telecom Italia (19.37%), Cisco Systems (18.40%), Advent (8.65%), Brera (2.16%), Cordusio Societa Fiduciaria per Azioni -- which holds in trust the shares of employees, managers and directors of the Group as well as the Company's own shares in the Company (2.65%). The CEO of Italtel is Mauro Righetti. Web site: http://www.italtel.com
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