Ubiquity Software and CGI to Build Next-Generation Communications Applications for Service Providers and Enterprises Worldwide



    
    Companies win first cable multi-service operator (MSO) customer; Joint
    solution enables operators to move beyond 'triple-play' with advanced,
    fully-converged service offerings
    

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 2 /CNW/ -- Ubiquity Software, a subsidiary of
Avaya Inc., and CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE:   GIB) today introduced a
joint initiative to develop and deliver converged voice, video and data
services over Next-Generation Networks (NGN). The outcome of this strategic
reseller agreement will enable communications service providers and
enterprises worldwide to launch converged services to consumers and corporate
users quickly and seamlessly. Negotiations with the venture's first client, a
top cable MSO with operations in North America, have been completed and
development work is currently underway.
    Ubiquity and CGI through their IPCentricITy(TM) practice will jointly
market and implement the Ubiquity Session Initiation Protocol Application
Server (SIP A/S). CGI will lead the custom software application development
and integration, leveraging its extensive network, billing and operational
integration experience to reduce the time required to deploy these advanced
applications on the Ubiquity SIP A/S platform. The Ubiquity SIP A/S enables
the creation and delivery of converged voice, video and data services over
Next-Generation Networks (NGN) including IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and
PacketCable(TM) networks, enabling customers to deploy innovative services
today while future-proofing these new application investments.
    "We believe that CGI and Ubiquity are well positioned to assist our
customers to more rapidly adopt next generation services," said Allison
Mcafrey, vice president and IPCentricITy(TM) practice lead for CGI. "CGI's
foundation applications, customization and integration capabilities, combined
with Ubiquity's best-in-class SIP platform, allow our joint customers to speed
time-to-market for next-generation services and maximize their return on
investment."
    "CGI's global footprint and recognized leadership in systems integration
in the communications industry makes them a highly-complementary partner to
Ubiquity, and a valuable resource to our mutual customers," said Ian McLaren,
president and CEO of Avaya's Ubiquity Software subsidiary.  "Together, CGI and
Ubiquity offer a compelling solution - the intelligent communications platform
and SIP applications expertise needed to meet the requirements for large scale
deployments within complex networks and architectures.  Our recent win in the
cable MSO market is a testament to the reliability and value of our joint
solution."
    CGI has developed a suite of proof-of-concept applications for the
Ubiquity SIP A/S that demonstrate a broad range of capabilities across fixed,
wireless and converged networks. The CGI applications include:

    
    -- TV Manager
    -- Find-me Follow-me
    -- VIP Do Not Disturb
    -- Presence Based Routing
    -- Home Surveillance
    -- Virtual Nanny (Dial-a-cam)
    -- Cellular to VoIP Hot Transfer
    -- Ring-Back Tones
    -- Click-to-Dial
    
    Ubiquity and CGI will both be exhibiting at the upcoming CableLabs(R)
Summer Conference taking place August 5 - 8, 2007 at The Keystone Resort and
Conference Center in Keystone, Colorado.  The companies will be demonstrating
the Ubiquity SIP Application Server (SIP A/S) and a selection of proof-of-
concept applications that highlight the advanced capabilities of the SIP A/S
as well as the innovative applications that will form the basis for next
generation services.  For additional information on the CableLabs Summer
Conference, visit
    
    http://www.cablelabs.com/conferences_public/SC2007/sc2007_rfp.html.
    The Ubiquity SIP Application Server (SIP A/S)
    
    The Ubiquity SIP A/S is an "open", standards-based service creation
platform that has been selected by carriers to enable the rapid development
and deployment of a broad range of advanced communications services.  SIP A/S
is a high-performance software platform designed specifically for
telecommunications applications to allow carriers to offer innovative voice,
data, and video services. The SIP A/S offers a programmable, horizontal
platform that makes it easy to add new features and applications to carrier
networks.
    
    CGI's IPCentricity(TM)
    
    IPCentricITy(TM) is CGI's vision and action plan for the future of the
communications industry. It describes how the industry is changing and the
challenges and opportunities these changes will present to customers. To fully
understand and capitalize on the ramifications of IP technology, CGI has
developed extensive capabilities for helping service providers move into the
world of IP centric technologies.
    
    About Ubiquity Software
    
    Ubiquity Software, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avaya, Inc., is
revolutionizing the communications marketplace with solutions that enable
service providers to rapidly develop and deploy innovative revenue-generating
services. Ubiquity offers a standards-based deployment and runtime platform,
applications, and development tools for introducing converged IP-based voice,
video and data services. The Ubiquity SIP Application Server (SIP A/S) is the
most widely deployed, carrier-grade SIP A/S platform among the world's leading
telecommunications carriers, and complemented by the Ubiquity SIP Service
Oriented Architecture (SIP SOA), the industry's first SOA for real-time
services. Through the Ubiquity Developer Network (UDN), Ubiquity partners with
leading system integrators, network equipment vendors, ISVs, and developers to
bring new communications solutions to a rapidly changing global market.
Ubiquity Software has facilities in Cardiff, Wales, Ottawa, Canada and Redwood
City, CA, with sales offices across EMEA, North America, Japan and China. For
more information, visit http://www.ubiquitysoftware.com or email
info@ubiquitysoftware.com.
    
    About CGI
    
    Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent
information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI
and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,500 professionals. CGI
provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from
offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from
centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. CGI's annual revenue
run rate stands at $3.7 billion (US$3.5 billion) and at June 30th, 2007, CGI's
order backlog was $12.4 billion (US$11.6 billion). CGI 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.
    CableLabs and PacketCable are trademarks of Cable Television
Laboratories, Inc.  A product or technology demonstration at a CableLabs event
does not represent a CableLabs endorsement of that product or technology.




For further information:

For further information: Gary W. Gray, Corporate Marketing, 
+1-408-627-2740, ggray@ubiquitysoftware.com, Naresh Chouhan, EMEA Marketing, 
+44-7968-580812, nchouhan@ubiquitysoftware.com, both for Ubiquity Software 
and Avaya Inc.; or Allison Mcafrey, Vice President, Consulting Services, 
+1-514-415-3055, allison.mcafrey@cgi.com, Stephen Bosic, Director of 
Communications, +1-978-946-3249, stephen.bosic@cgi.com, both for CGI Web Site:
http://www.ubiquitysoftware.com                  http://www.avaya.com       
          http://www.cgi.com

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