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BT Selects Novell

LONDON -- Novell today announced a significant new contract with BT to manage the digital profiles and identities of millions of customers expected to use BT's Next Generation 21st Century Network (21CN). The Novell® directory and identity solution set will be used to build the Profile Capability of 21CN. The solution provides the 21CN infrastructure with the common identity information required to integrate voice, data, broadband, mobility, on-demand video and ICT services. As a result, BT will have the ability to quickly and seamlessly provision new services, reduce systems administration and improve customer satisfaction.

"The 21CN is the world's most radical next generation network transformation program," said Mike Galvin, director of portfolio infrastructure, BT Group. "We are moving our business model from managing multiple networks to a single network delivering multiple services. We are already using Novell's identity management capabilities for our Corporate Meta Directory services -- it's a proven solution that we knew could scale to the extremes required for a customer facing profile store."

Novell Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL)

BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)