CGI SELECTED AS TERRESTAR STRATEGIC TECHNOLOGY PARTNER FOR 4G CUSTOMER AND CORPORATE SUPPORT SYSTEMS
Multi-phase Agreement to Support the Development and Launch of Innovative OSS-BSS Architecture and Service Offering
CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB, TSX: GIB.A), today announced that they have been selected as a strategic technology partner and contributing force to TerreStar Networks Inc.'s architecture that will support the launch of the first all IP-enabled mobile network. TerreStar Networks Inc. is a subsidiary of Motient Corporation (MNCP) and an emerging North American mobile communications operator.
Throughout this multi-phase partnership, CGI will provide TerreStar a broad range of consulting and support services based on its considerable experience with IMS-based (IP Multimedia Subsystem) service delivery. Initially, CGI and TerreStar defined the Operational Support Systems and Business Support Systems (OSS-BSS) architectures and conducted a rigorous evaluation process to create solutions that will bring best-of-breed technology to TerreStar's overall mobile communications service.
"We consider CGI to be our trusted advisor in this multi-phased roll-out of our next generation, all-IP network," said Doug Sobieski, Senior Vice President, Managed Solutions for TerreStar. "CGI's expertise and track record of delivering quality services will support TerreStar's goal to deliver differentiated next generation services faster, better and more efficiently than any other service provider."
As existing service providers and small, medium and large enterprises ramp up 4G networks, they will require an all IP, web services oriented OSS-BSS infrastructure. CGI and TerreStar will jointly develop the business plan to take the OSS-BSS system being developed to the broader market.
"We understand the need of our clients to get to market more efficiently and cost-effectively than their competition," said Nazzic Turner, Senior Vice President of CGI. "CGI is proud to be identified as a strategic technology partner of TerreStar's architecture team. When launched, TerreStar's unique all IP, integrated satellite and cellular technology will enable them to deliver high quality, cost-effective, seamless wireless services to urban, rural and remote regions throughout North America. TerreStar's 4G OSS-BSS has potentially wide ranging applicability to the telecommunications industry, and we intend to work closely with TerreStar to leverage its value on behalf of service providers."
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology (IT) and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in Canada and the U.S., Europe and India. CGI's annualized revenue run rate is currently $3.5 billion (US$3.1 billion) and at June 30, 2006, CGI's order backlog was $13.3 billion (US$11.9 billion). CGI's shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.
TerreStar Networks Inc. (www.terrestar.com) plans to build, own and operate North America's first next-generation integrated mobile satellite and terrestrial communications network that will provide universal access and tailored applications throughout North America over conventional wireless devices. With a first-to-market launch strategy in 2008, TerreStar expects to offer customer-designed products and applications over a fully optimized 4G IP network.
About Motient Corporation
Motient (MNCP) is the controlling shareholder of TerreStar Networks Inc. and a minority shareholder of Mobile Satellite Ventures LP. For additional information on Motient, please visit the company's website at www.motient.com.
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Tim W. Atkinson
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