News Release

Ai Metrix, Portal Software, Cisco Systems and Microsoft announce Software Solution to DSL/Broadband Service Management

Integrated billing and service management software provides quick time-to-market solutions for service providers.
Jun 07, 2000

Atlanta, GA - SUPERCOMM 2000 - June 7, 2000, Ai Metrix, Inc. today announced the first product offering, resulting from their alliance with Portal Software Inc. (Nasdaq: PRSF). This new product offers service providers an integrated customer account management, billing, service activation/assurance and inventory management solution for quickly deploying new DSL/Broadband based networks.

The integration of Ai Metrix NeuralStar and Portal Infranet provides a complete end-to-end service delivery solution from order entry, to service activation, to billing, to ongoing service assurance-- "The complete functionality needed to run a DSL network, all in one neat little package," said Pete Oliver, Chief Technical Officer and Founder of Ai Metrix. "We can now turn up a DSL service provider with only three vendors in the system, Ai Metrix, Portal and Cisco Systems."

As a New World Ecosystem partner, Ai Metrix chose to validate the integrated solution on a DSL network consisting of equipment from Cisco Systems, such as the 6400 Access Concentrator, Cisco NI-1 6130 DSLAM, Cisco 6333 SDSL DSU, and Cisco 1750-2/4 Multiservice Modular Access Router.

"Network speed and time to market have become driving factors in today's Internet marketplace. To remain competitive in the fast-growing DSL market providers must find effective ways to streamline and speed up the installation process,'' said John Janetos, director of strategic alliances at Portal Software. "Costly and time consuming software integrations delay time to market and ROI. By working with Ai Metrix we have eliminated the need for multiple service integrations and decreased the time to market for services. Ai Metrix has developed a delivery solution that makes installation easy and reliable, without compromising any of the functionality that our customers have come to expect. "

"Our agreement with Portal is fundamental to Ai Metrix's strategy for streamlining DSL/Broadband service delivery. Ai Metrix and Portal are offering service providers a fully integrated suite of world-class service management software products," said Steve Fernald, Ai Metrix CEO. "We are delighted that Portal has partnered with Ai Metrix in developing end-to-end customer management solutions for new DSL/Broadband service providers."

Ai Metrix is a member of the Microsoft Windows Telecommunications Alliance, a program designed to support network equipment providers (NEPs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) currently engaged in developing Microsoft Windows-based telecommunications solutions for the corporate and service provider markets. Ai Metrix is also a member of the OSS Working Group, which facilitates the development and interoperability of OSS solutions and services by third parties.

Ai Metrix is a Cisco New World Ecosystem Partner. The New World Ecosystem is a community of technology solution partners who jointly with Cisco, share a commitment to open standards-based solutions for service providers. This allows the service provider to choose the solution most closely aligned with their business objectives.

New World Ecosystem Partners deliver products and solutions that enable service providers to develop and deploy revenue-generating services to customers. The key lies in adopting network solutions packet technology, and an open, nonproprietary architecture.