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Sun Strikes Major Deal With KT (Korea Telecom) to Provide Operations Infrastructure and Services

Sun’s Leadership and Experience in OSS through Java Helps ISVs, Carriers Radically Reduce System Integration Costs

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and NICE, France, TeleManagement World
May 18 , 2005

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, today announced a major deal with KT (formerly Korea Telecom) to power the carrier’s next-generation operations infrastructure. In addition to engaging Sun’s Client Solutions organization to design an Operations Support Systems through Java solution running on Sun Fire servers powered with SPARC and AMD Opteron processors, KT’s selection helps fortify Java technology as the solution of choice to help carriers design cost-effective, modular and re-usable operations infrastructures.

Sun’s Client Solutions organization will work with KT Operations Labs to develop a Broadband Convergence Network (BcN) network management system. With Sun’s OSS through Java solutions and services, KT will be able to easily implement new operations solutions and integrate with multiple legacy systems, as well as support web-based, customer-centric service management for BcN services and networks. As part of the deal, KT also selected Sun Fire Enterprise 25K, Enterprise 4900, Enterprise 6900 and Sun Fire V40z servers, the Java Enterprise System and the Solaris Operating System.

“KT offers a wide variety of market-leading telecommunications products and services to one of the most demanding marketplaces in the world,” said Seonghak Seok, Director of OSS Labs, KT. “We have been looking forward to an open standards-based solution to manage our BcN networks and services that we can implement quickly and cost effectively. I believe OSS/J is an ideal operations infrastructure to satisfy these needs, and Sun’s extensive telecommunications experience further makes them the right partner to develop an operations infrastructure for any network and application.”

By providing an open standards-based infrastructure for business integration, OSS through Java architecture enables carriers to more quickly, easily and cost effectively integrate new enterprise-grade applications and legacy systems. Sun’s ongoing leadership and collaboration with over 50 vendors and ISVs in the OSS/J Initiative helps dramatically reduce integration costs by making available free reference implementations and APIs addressing a full range of business-critical areas within OSS. To date, over 20 ISV products are certified OSS through Java-compliant.

“With decades of telecommunications experience, first-hand leadership in OSS through Java and powerful hardware and software, Sun Microsystems continues to establish vital, long- lasting relationships with key members of the telecommunications industry,” said Darrell Jordan-Smith, Vice President of Global Telecommunications, Sun Microsystems. “Today’s deal with KT marks an important milestone in a collaborative process that helps carriers, ISVs and infrastructure providers alike standardize on open standards-based technology.”

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 http://sun.com


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