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Fujitsu, IBM to Collaborate on Next-Generation Telecommunications Solutions

Fujitsu, IBM to Collaborate on Next-Generation Telecommunications Solutions

(December 4, 2002) - Fujitsu Limited and IBM Corporation will work together to deliver telecommunications middleware solutions that better link telecommunications services and e-business. The collaboration will make it easier for businesses to use telecommunications services by merging previously independent carrier services provided through public wireline or mobile phone networks with such internal network-delivered business services as groupware, collaboration feature sets, and portals.

Fujitsu and IBM will link their respective telecommunications servers by means of Open API. "Parlay," an open standard interface developed by the non-profit Parlay Group (http://www.parlay.org/), will serve as a base for these efforts. IBM and Fujitsu are both active members of the Parlay Group. Both companies will also work together toward greater industry adoption of Parlay in the future.

When linked together with Parlay, both companies' telecommunications middleware will make it possible to utilize unique audio/data/IP integration services through communications networks such as public wireline and mobile phone networks. Businesses and service providers will be able to rapidly and easily deploy telecommunications services customized to fit the specific requirements of corporations. For example, services previously available only over the Internet will be able to be accessed by voice calls, and the same service will be able to be used across different networks such as Internet and public networks.

Fujitsu's GeoServe telecommunication solutions server will provide the Parlay gateway function to the public network, while IBM WebSphere Telecom Application Server (WTAS) will offer Parlay client function to be connected to the gateway via Parlay API. The product's companion, WebSphere Telecom Application Toolkit, will be used as the service creation environment. Interoperability verification is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

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