British Telecom selects Smallworld for multi-million-dollar strategic network planning sys...


03-04-2000

CAMBRIDGE, England / DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 3, 2000-- Smallworld (Nasdaq: SWLDY), one of the leading suppliers of strategic network solutions to the communications industry, has been selected by British Telecommunications Plc (BT) to provide BT's equipment planning tool (EPT) system in the U

K in a multi-million dollar contract over the next 15 months.



The Smallworld solution is replacing an incumbent system and will be used to visualise, plan and record internal network plant for BT, including the rapidly expanding digital subscriber line (DSL) network.



The EPT system enables BT to record and visualise its whole network in order to help it accurately plan and deliver services to customers. Smallworld's solution allows BT engineers to 'see' the complete equipment inventory inside a central office, or switch, and determine the capacity available to customers connected through that switch. From there, automated functions within Smallworld will enable the engineers to rapidly select and allocate necessary resources to provision services to customers.



When the system goes live, Smallworld's Model.it solution will provide interfaces from the EPT system to BT's workflow, network management, inventory and equipment assignment systems. This will ensure that all network planning is fed into one central system making it more accurate and altogether more accessible than ever before. Smallworld will provide direct access for 1,300 EPT users to BT's network data.



'Smallworld showed that it was capable of providing us with a high functionality product that was flexible enough to change and evolve with our requirements,' said Duncan McLean, Physical Planning OSS Manager at BT. 'BT has worked with Smallworld over the past year to deliver our PRM system (BT's external plant data) and we have been impressed with the capability of its staff and its products. Having made such significant progress on that project in under one year, we feel secure in investing in Smallworld's ability to rapidly deliver working solutions.'



Phase one of the project will begin in March 2000 with the first live implementations expected in June 2000. Ultimately, BT intends to combine both internal and external planning systems into one.



Smallworld (www.swldy.com) creates, markets and delivers network software products to the Utility & Public Systems and Communications markets globally. Smallworld's products model real world assets and services, enabling companies to understand where their facilities and customers are located, and seamlessly integrating this information across the enterprise. The Company has three industry divisions, Utility & Public Systems, Communications and Core & Cross Industry, providing rapid implementation and integration of Smallworld's unique object-oriented technology and vertical industry applications, which can increase customers' revenues, improve customer service, and better utilize assets.



The Company has more than 800 customers in 40 countries around the world. Smallworldwide plc is based at Elizabeth House, 1 High Street, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1WR, England; Telephone, +44 (0) 1223.301144, and in the United States at 5600 Greenwood Plaza Dr., Englewood, CO 80111, +1.303.779.6980.



Please note that some statements contained within this report may be of a forward-looking nature and may involve risks and uncertainties. Actual future results and outcomes may differ materially from those discussed. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to, management of growth, market acceptance of the Company's product and services, risks associated with new product versions, dependence on third party relationships and the activities of competitors. For a more detailed discussion of the risks associated with the Company's business, please see the Company's Form 20-F on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.



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