Red Hat Fancies Telecom

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced that the company is dramatically widening its reach in the global telecommunications industry as evidenced by the company's participation in the European Community Open Platform for User-Centric Service Creation and Execution (OPUCE) project and the extension and integration of Red Hat and JBoss telecommunications solutions.

Red Hat continues to grow as a high-value player in the global telecommunications industry. Along with other leading telecommunications companies, Red Hat has announced its participation in OPUCE, a European Community Framework Program's Sixth Framework Program (FP6) project designed to deliver the next-generation telecommunication service delivery platform (SDP) for use across the EU. Red Hat and JEMS experts will be responsible for building an open source ecosystem around OPUCE and bringing direct expertise on how to build open source communities and support mission-critical environments based on open source software.

OPUCE will produce an open service infrastructure that enables easy service creation and deployment in heterogeneous environments. It will allow services to be accessed in a seamless way by a multitude of devices connected via different networks and makes open source central to building out next-generation telecommunications infrastructure. End users will benefit from enriched service variety and relevance, and service providers will discover eased service creation and the opportunity to expand service offerings.

"Red Hat continues to leverage the complete open source platform to evolve as an infrastructure and solution provider for the telecommunications industry," said Tim Yeaton, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and General Manger of Enterprise Solutions, Red Hat. "Projects like OPUCE enable us to demonstrate the virtues of open platforms and the open source development model while, at the same time, provide us with unique perspective of how telecommunications infrastructure and solutions will be defined and deployed in the future."

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