Microsoft Unveils Next-Generation Network Solutions At Telecom 99 in Geneva

GENEVA, Oct. 9, 1999 — Today at Telecom 99, Microsoft Corp. unveiled a range of solutions that enable service providers to deliver new next-generation network services for their consumer and business customers. With these solutions, service providers can take advantage of the performance, price, functionality and time-to-market benefits of PC-based technologies to deploy network services. At the same time, the solutions can provide consumers and businesses – the service providers’ customers – with the ability to access their information any time, anywhere and from any device.

“Together with solution vendors, Microsoft can provide great solutions for service providers throughout the world to deploy next-generation network services,” said Thomas Koll, vice president, Network Solutions Group, Microsoft. “We are excited to show how service providers can use solutions based on Microsoft platforms to deliver services to their customers – any time, anywhere and on any device.”

End-to-end solutions, being demonstrated in the Microsoft booth (Booth 7095, Hall 7) and running in live network environments, are focused on enabling service providers to deliver new services that help them differentiate their offerings and grow overall revenues, such as the following:

  • Mobile data services: showing solutions to provide end users with wireless remote access to corporate data, wireless messaging and mobile e-commerce services via mobile devices that range from microbrowser-enabled wireless phones to Palm-size PCs running the Microsoft® Windows® CE operating system. This demonstration uses the diAx network infrastructure and Windows 2000 Server-based systems to showcase these live service capabilities. Also being shown are Windows for Smart Cards demonstrating live phone calls on GSM cards with enhanced customized services for carriers that include e-mail, calendar, stock quotes and other Internet applications.

  • Hosting and application service provider (ASP) services: showing how products from Microsoft such as Site Server Commerce Edition 3.0 can enable service providers to quickly deploy rich e-commerce and applications hosting services to their business customers.

  • Consumer-focused online services: showing how Microsoft and solution vendors can help service providers quickly build a consumer online business that makes optimal use of both narrowband and broadband environments, using platforms such as Windows 2000 Server and the Microsoft Commercial Internet System 2.5, and services such as the TM network of Internet services.

  • Interactive TV services are showing how platforms such as the Microsoft TV Platform Adaptation Kit (Microsoft TVPAK) allow network operators to design and deploy affordable, powerful, scalable systems for delivering innovative television services.

  • Internet Protocol communications services are showing a range of next-generation communications solutions for businesses of all sizes, which use Microsoft platforms to unify the previously disparate worlds of voice and data services.

Joining Microsoft in these in-booth demonstrations are leading companies such as Cisco Systems Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett Packard Co., Lucent Technologies Inc., Nortel Networks Corp. and Siemens AG.

Telecom 99 + Interactive 99 is being held at the PALEXPO Center in Geneva from Oct. 9-17, 1999. Microsoft products and solutions will be showcased in Booth 7095, Hall 7. For a listing of Microsoft-related events, activities and press releases, members of the press are invited to visit Microsoft’s Telecom 99 Virtual Press Room at .

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