QNX Software Systems and Hughes Software Systems Form Alliance to Deliver Integrated Telecom Solutions

OTTAWA and NEW DEHLI, February 6, 2003 - QNX Software Systems, the industry leader in realtime, microkernel RTOS technology, and Hughes Software Systems (HSS), the world leader in software components for convergent networks, today announced an alliance to offer integrated solutions to the telecom space.

This partnership brings together QNX's microkernel realtime operating system technology with HSS' protocol stacks for convergent networks, together offering integrated solutions to the telecom OEM marketplace. This alliance is in line with the telecom market's trend towards open architectures, for which equipment manufacturers choose best-in-class components while also demanding that pre-integrated and customizable solutions be available.

HSS has validated the following protocol stacks on the QNX® Neutrino® realtime operating system, version 6.2.1: SCCP (Wireline), ALCAP, MTP3-B & SAAL-NNI (Wireless and Broadband), SCTP and M3UA (Voice over Packet). HSS protocol stacks communicate with the underlying operating system via a common abstraction library; the validation of this library ensures that effectively all HSS protocol stacks can be delivered on QNX Neutrino.

By collaborating with HSS, QNX Software Systems will be able to provide its existing and future customers with best-in-class protocol products and specialized outsourcing services on QNX platforms. By collaborating with QNX, HSS will be able to offer an enhanced choice of operating systems that its customers can use to meet their system needs.

"HSS's comprehensive suite of protocol stacks on the QNX Neutrino realtime operating system offers network equipment providers a powerful way to develop new high-performance products across diverse platforms for a wide range of telecom markets," said Anita Gupta, assistant vice president of business development, Mobile Networks Group, Hughes Software Systems. "The availability of HSS protocol stacks on QNX Neutrino will significantly reduce development cost and time-to-market for these OEMs."

"HSS saves OEM development time by providing the software building blocks required across multiple IP, optical, and wireless segments of the network," said Linda Campbell, director of strategic alliances, QNX Software Systems. "And QNX complements this by offering the QNX Neutrino RTOS, an operating system with a 20-year history of reliability and scalability that permits uninterrupted operation over the long life-cycles required by carrier-grade networking equipment."

About the QNX Neutrino RTOS
Based on a scalable microkernel architecture, the QNX Neutrino RTOS offers symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), built-in distributed processing, fault-tolerant networking, and full memory protection for all drivers, protocol stacks, and applications. QNX Neutrino also provides support for high-availability applications, including automatic recovery from software failure and in-service upgrades.

About HSS' Protocol Stacks
HSS' widely deployed and platform-independent protocol stacks - available as both source code and binary - reduce the time-to-market, cost, and program risk for telecom equipment manufacturers worldwide. HSS' standards-compliant product lines and specialized customization/outsourcing services have helped almost 200 telecom equipment manufacturers to develop systems for their end customers. HSS offers the widest available range of data plane, control plane, and application plane protocol stacks required for building systems in the Voice over Packet, Wireless (2.5G and 3G), Wireline (SS7) and Broadband (B-SS7 and ATM) domains.

By acting as a global hub for protocol stack development and as a guarantor for multi-vendor interops, HSS avoids the duplication of investments across multiple firms and hence improves the efficiency of the telecom industry as a whole.

HSS provides the following Protocol Stacks:

Voice over Packet: H.323, IUA, MEGACO/H.248, MGCP, M2PA, M2UA, M3UA, MicroSIP, RTP, SCTP, SIP, SUA


Wireline: ISUP/Distributed ISUP, MTP2, MTP3/Distribted MTP3, SCCP/Distributed SCCP, TCAP/Distributed TCAP


Access Side: V5.2, ISDN

Integrated Interfaces: Gb over IPv4 / IPv6 / FR, ISUP over SS7 / SIGTRAN, Iu-CS over B-SS7, Iu-PS over B-SS7 / SIGTRAN, Iub, Iur over B-SS7 / SIGTRAN, MAP/CAP/RANAP over SS7 / SIGTRAN, MEGACO over SCTP, Uu

About QNX Software Systems
Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is the industry leader in realtime, microkernel OS technology. The inherent reliability, scalable architecture, and proven performance of the QNX Neutrino RTOS make it the most trusted foundation for future-ready applications. Companies worldwide like Cisco, Delphi, Ford, and Siemens, depend on the QNX technology for network routers, medical devices, intelligent transportation systems, safety and security systems, next-generation robotics, and other mission-critical applications. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, QNX Software Systems maintains offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, and distributes its products in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com.

About Hughes Software Systems
Hughes Software Systems (HSS), a Hughes Electronics Corporation subsidiary, is a leading player in the IT Outsourcing market. HSS provides services to more than 150 customers worldwide, in the Telecom Infrastructure, Communication Service Provider, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI) sectors.

HSS, India's leading communication software services provider, offers convergent solutions to global telecom infrastructure providers through its outsourcing services and products for Fixed and Mobile networks for Voice and Data.

A global leader in protocol signaling solutions today, HSS products and services help build comprehensive solutions for Voice over Packet and Broadband Wireless data. Its outsourcing services span the entire software lifecycle, from maintaining and enhancing legacy systems to product design, development, and testing services.

In leveraging the OEM relationship, HSS provides Business and Operational Support Systems (BSS and OSS) in integration and legacy application maintenance services to telecom service providers. In the communication applications space, HSS provides the full spectrum of services to Independent Software Vendors (ISV), OEMs, and Telecom companies.

HSS addresses the BPO space through its dedicated division, Hughes BPO Services (HughesBPO), which provides 24 X 7 X 365 Contact Center and, transaction and back-office processing services. HughesBPO contact centers provide in-bound and out-bound online customer care services using voice, chat, and e-mail across multiple industry segments such as IT and Networking, Telecom, Automotive, Insurance, Banking, and Financial Services.

Leveraging its expertise in network services and stellar project management, HSS is poised to provide outsourcing services in the BFSI space, and deliver unprecedented levels of value for customers. Commended as one of the Best Employers in India, for the last two years, (BT- Hewitt study), HSS has two outsourcing centers in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi, India, and in Bangalore. HSS has sales and support operations in 10 international locations and has more than 1600 employees worldwide.

For more information about HSS, contact:
Jay Vikram Bakshi
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Phone: +91-124-634 6666 Extn. 2865
Fax: + 91-124- 6347895
Email: jbakshi@hss.hns.com

For more information about QNX, contact:
Paul Leroux
QNX Software Systems
Phone: +1 613 591-0931
Email: paull@qnx.com

Chantal Yang/Bill Keeler
Schwartz Communications
Phone: +1 781 684-0770
Email: qnx@schwartz-pr.com