Unisys Extends BT Deal

Unisys wins £1.6M in new contracts from BT Wholesale to include a flexible converged fixed and mobile voicemail service, and a new messaging platform

January 10, 2006

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LONDON -- Unisys, (NYSE:UIS - News) the worldwide technology services and solutions company, has strengthened a seven-year relationship as BT Wholesale's Messaging provider, with the announcement of a series of new contract wins, totaling approximately GBP 1.6 million. New elements in the companies' relationship include the provision of a flexible converged fixed and mobile voicemail service, a new messaging platform for BT corporate customers, and the provision of a celebrity voice that will be used in conjunction with the BT Text Messaging Service.

The successful collaboration between Unisys and BT will continue to focus on enhancing the BT customer experience, providing increased flexibility, choice and cost effectiveness across a range of communications platforms - spanning mobile to fixed line.

The new converged fixed and mobile voicemail service will enable BT mobile and fixed line callers to leave a voice message across a choice of phones - landline and associated mobiles - as well as the ability to access voicemail from either type of device. This service will also utilise comprehensive speech recognition for the first time and will also incorporate features such as Call Return.

The new messaging platform for BT's corporate customers will enable BT to offer the specific voicemail services required by business users. The service will be an integrated element of BT's Voice and Multi Media Platform that provides converged voice and data services for major corporate clients.

The third contract involves enhancements to the BT fixed line Text Service first implemented by Unisys in 2004. The enhancements to include allowing customers to hear the very familiar voice of a TV celebrity on text to speech conversions of text messages that are sent to BT phones that are not SMS enabled.

Under these new contracts, Unisys will provide implementation services from concept/design through to implementation. Unisys provides a managed service for all of BT's consumer voice and text messaging services and platforms. These communications solutions are part of the Unisys Communications Ensemble portfolio of advanced messaging and value-added services.

Commenting on the new wins, Alwyn Welch, managing director, Unisys UK said: "Working with BT Wholesale has been particularly rewarding. BT and Unisys work as a single team to introduce new initiatives to deliver real benefits and a real time infrastructure for BT's customers whilst driving the communications industry forward. These new contracts mark Unisys first engagements with BT in the mobile/fixed line convergence and enterprise messaging areas, and present an exciting opportunity for Unisys to work with and support BT across a range of services for business clients."

Debra Covey, managing director of operations and planning at BT Wholesale, said: "Convergence is the key strategic issue in our industry today as people want communications services that are more flexible and easier to use. We have a long standing partnership with Unisys and are delighted that they will be helping us to take our world class messaging services to new levels of quality and competitive advantage for customers."

Unisys Corp. (NYSE: UIS)

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