Sun, Lucent Collaborate on Next-generation Communications Services

3/18/2003 - At CTIA 2003, Sun Microsystems, Inc., and Lucent Technologies announced that they are collaborating on several new products and solutions designed to enable service providers to accelerate the deployment of next-generation communications services to businesses and consumers. These solutions, which include mobile service delivery, messaging and unified communications, intelligent networking and convergent communications, will help service providers increase network traffic and revenues through the introduction of new services.

"The Lucent/Sun alliance has produced a number of collaborative offers and solutions for service providers, many of which we're showcasing at this week's CTIA show," said Dan Miller, vice president, Telecommunications at Sun. "The work that we're doing together will bring our service provider customers comprehensive and innovative solutions for service delivery around mobility, messaging and other key initiatives."

The solutions were developed as part of Lucent and Sun's strategic alliance, which was expanded worldwide in November 2002. Working together, the two companies will be able to deliver highly scalable and reliable business solutions to wireless and wireline service providers that will help customers reduce costs and complexity, improve productivity and provide end customers with advanced services, more quickly.

"All of our customers can certainly benefit from these joint offers and the expertise that lies behind them," said Frank Farese, vice president, Global Business Partners and Alliances for Lucent. "As we continue our work with Sun in taking these solutions to market together, we are providing real value in the form of tools and solutions that will make the delivery of new services easier and more profitable."

Many of the solutions listed below will be on display at the Cellular Telephone and Internet Association trade show being held March 17 - 20 in New Orleans, La. in Lucent's Booth #2645 and Sun's Booth #5131.

Mobile Service Delivery and Service Mediation
Sun, Lucent, and mobile software partner Aligo are working together in the area of service mediation, demonstrating the ease of mobile service development and delivery using their combined solutions. At CTIA the eXtended Enterprise Mobile Office demonstration will show how mobile workers can access Enterprise-based applications anywhere, anytime, from any device. It illustrates how services can be delivered whilst adapting to processes based on the user's identity, preferences and locations, creating the realization of "intelligent wireless services" for the Enterprise. It is based on an open architecture comprised of Lucent's MiLife Intelligent Services Gateway (ISG), the Aligo M-1 Mobile Application Server and the Sun ONE (Open Net Environment) platform, brought together through Lucent's MiLife Developers Program.

Unified Communications
Lucent's next-generation AnyPath® Messaging Platform utilizes a distributed architecture that leverages Sun's StorEdge 3310 SCSI advanced storage solution to address the rapidly growing message marketplace across multiple networks. Unified communication provides customers with lower total cost of ownership, convenience, productivity and economies of scale through common standards-based infrastructure and allows for independent scaling of mailboxes from ports and IP sessions. AnyPath® enables advanced communication services ranging from voice mail and email, to enhanced services such as speech navigation, voice portal, and IP services in a single mailbox; allowing subscribers to access and manage all of their communications simultaneously from a single location.

IP-enabled Intelligent Networking Solutions
Lucent and Sun continue to collaborate to deliver higher capacity solutions for web services-based applications and NEBS-certified telecommunications server functions. Lucent has selected Sun's new carrier-grade Netra 1280 server - which is designed to provide server consolidation and upgrades in central offices -- as the hardware platform for some of its Intelligent Networking products, including the PacketIN Data Server and the Super Distributed Home Locator Register (SDHLR). The NEBs-certified, DC powered 12-way system can run large database applications, such as pre-paid billing management, Home Location Register (HLR), OSA/Parlay Gateways and Operations Maintenance and Control (OMC-R) applications to scale to new levels of performance for mobile service delivery.

Convergent Networks and Services -- Enhanced Business Services
Enhanced Business Services (EBS) is an IP (Internet Protocol) feature server that delivers a host of voice and data applications through a user-friendly Web portal, based on Sun ONE (Open Net Environment) platform. EBS unites users' telephones with the network, resulting in new communications capabilities including click-to-dial, call logging, unified messaging and enhanced call options, all with a simple mouse click. The interface enables service providers to offer a hosted PBX-like technology, eliminating capital investments and management costs required of a premise-based offering, and to rapidly roll out services one phone at a time, without service disruption.

About Lucent Technologies
Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, designs and delivers networks for the world's largest communications service providers. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent relies on its strengths in mobility, optical, data and voice networking technologies as well as software and services to develop next-generation networks. The company's systems, services and software are designed to help customers quickly deploy and better manage their networks and create new, revenue-generating services that help businesses and consumers. For more information on Lucent Technologies, visit its Web site at

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, StorEdge, Netra, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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