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...Wireless Operators and Enterprises to Benefit from Oracle9i Application Server and Sun Technology for NMS' End-to-end Voice-enabled Services System.....


NMS Communications, the leading supplier of technology for tomorrow's networks, is working with Oracle, the world's largest enterprise software company, and Sun Microsystems, a leader in network computing, to deliver wireless voice-enabled applications for the recently introduced
NMS HearSayTM - the first open voice-enabled services whole product solution for wireless service providers and enterprises worldwide.


Through these relationships, NMS Communications has integrated the wireless functionality of Oracle9i Application Server and the carrier-grade reliability of Sun's SPARC Solaris platforms with NMS Hearsay. NMS Hearsay is immediately available for trials. Both Oracle9i Application Server and NMS HearSay support the VoiceXML specification to enable easy access to information via voice and the phone.


NMS HearSay is a new breed of solution that provides a comprehensive ready-to-deploy system for wireless operators worldwide seeking to rapidly and cost-effectively deliver innovative customised voice-driven services such as voice-activated dialing, Personal Information Management (calendar, e-mail, address book), personalised voice portals, short message services, unified messaging, chat and conferencing. It enables subscribers to use voice commands such as "Do I have e-mail messages from Jake Dunbar?" or "Call Jake Dunbar" to make service requests - and provides subscribers with ubiquitous access to critical information, anytime, anywhere, through a customizable, intuitive user interface.


Ideally suited for mobile operators, NMS HearSay is a multi-application carrier-grade system that creates value by reducing the complexity, sales cycles and time to market involved in offering the next wave of revenue-generating value-added services. Based on an open architecture that merges telecom mobility with the content-rich Internet and allowing for an easy evolution from circuit-switched to packet-based, IP networks, NMS HearSay delivers:


- Best-in-class applications that have been fully integrated and tested with the solution through alliances, as reflected by today's announcement with Oracle and Sun

- World-class speech, voice processing and network technologies based on NMS' heritage as an innovator in providing next-generation network IP and PSTN telecommunications technologies

- Support for multiple automatic speech recognition (ASR) and text-to-speech (TTS) products to enable global coverage and multiple language support

- Full carrier-grade capacity, reliability and scalability, featuring rack-mounted NEBS Level 3 compliance system based on Sun Microsystems' NetraT 20 and Netra CT servers, SPARCT technology and the SolarisT operating environment

- Operations and billing integration, and full 24/7 global support including customization, installation and deployment services


Integrating best-of-breed solutions from alliances like Oracle and Sun, and endorsed by industry leaders such as Nuance and SpeechWorks, NMS HearSay spares wireless operators and enterprises the significant burden associated with identifying and then ensuring that these hardware and software products are interoperable and ready for deployment in "live" network environments. By eliminating these risks, NMS HearSay helps accelerate time-to-market while facilitating the deployment of new, revenue-generating speech-enabled services. Further, new services that are deployed via NMS HearSay on 2G networks will easily transition as mobile operators migrate their networks to next-generation 2.5G and 3G architectures.


"The combination of NMS HearSay, the voice-enabled services of Oracle9i Application Server, and the open, scalable platforms from Sun provide a clear service differentiator to wireless operators," said Brian Demers, vice president and general manager of NMS' Network Solutions business. "NMS Communications is the only provider offering what wireless service providers have been asking for - an open, single-source, complete solution that leverages the top products and technologies offered in the market. Our relationships with Oracle and Sun demonstrate our commitment to this approach, and we are delighted to be working with them."


"Mobile access to voice and data services is no longer a luxury, it's a requirement," said Denise Lahey, senior vice president of Oracle's mobile products and services division. "Paired with NMS, Oracle will provide subscribers with the quick, reliable voice access they demand to their applications and services."


"Service providers need a quick, cost-effective way to offer value-added, high-margin services that leverage their network's end-to-end capabilities," said Tim Dwyer, vice president of Sun's Industry Solutions Group. "The NMS HearSay systems give them everything they need for this service delivery - a comprehensive, multi-application platform that is ready to deploy in their network today."


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About Oracle9i Application Server


Oracle9i Application Server is the only complete software for developing and deploying applications that can be accessed via Web, wireless and voice interfaces. The wireless capabilities in Oracle9i Application Server offer personalization, location, messaging and content management features that form a powerful infrastructure for delivering, deploying and managing any type of content or application to any device.


About NMS Communications


NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS) designs, delivers and supports technology-leading systems and system building blocks for the most innovative voice, video and data services on wireless and wireline networks. NMS products and services help the world's top communications equipment suppliers, solution developers and wireless operators bring their applications and services to market faster and at lower costs.


Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, and with offices around the world, NMS has a rich history of technology innovations that advance the growth of the global communications industry. These achievements include the world's first complete open IP gateway, the first complete open packet media server and the first complete open voice services system. Visit http://www.nmscommunications.com for more information.

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