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   BROADBAND SERVICES, INC. INTRODUCES    MAPVANTAGE, FIRST AFFORDABLE INTELLIGENT MAPPING & MANAGEMENT SOLUTION

DENVER, CO (May 20, 2002) - Broadband Services, Inc., a leading provider of integrated technical products and services for the advanced communications industry, today announced the availability of MapVantage, the first cost-effective intelligent mapping, network asset management and data storage solution for the communications industry.

MapVantage, the Geographic Information System (GIS) technology designed to best meet the needs of advanced telecommunications providers, uses a secure, web-based open architecture platform to provide traditional network design and drafting, intelligent mapping of network architecture, integration with other OSS functions and secure and flexible data storage. MapVantage provides an open standards access hub for physical network data, resulting in a company-wide knowledge base that can be shared among all departments.

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MapVantage will be demonstrated at the Broadband Services, Inc. booth, #8111, at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo June 4-5 in San Antonio, TX.

"Cable system operators and other network providers have been understandably slow to adopt GIS technology, given significant price and implementation obstacles," said Andy Paff, Chief Technology Officer for Broadband Services, Inc. "MapVantage is the first product to address those needs with a system that is affordable, all-inclusive and tailored to the needs of the broadband industry. We estimate that MapVantage can reduce GIS costs by more than 50 percent, while providing greater utility and flexibility."

Developed by Broadband Services' Network Design and Integration Division, MapVantage provides operators with a full set of features needed for intelligent network mapping and management, including data conversion, customized mapping tools and secure and flexible hosting of an open geospatial database, from which authorized users can access and share data anytime and anywhere. Among the benefits:

  • Traditional Network Design and Drafting - MapVantage provides high throughput, high accuracy conversion of current data, to intelligent maps. In addition, contractors working for MapVantage clients receive MapVantage design and drafting tools and can post work to the MapVantage secure server, so that the client can manage the project in real time.
  • Intelligent Mapping of Network Architecture - By operating in a seamless environment, with total connectivity throughout the network, MapVantage eliminates the need to match grids and edges and manually update files.
  • Integration With Other OSS Functions - MapVantage's open database model works with other enterprise applications so that data can be shared without restriction among Construction, IT, Operations, Engineering, Customer Care and Marketing departments.
  • Secure and Flexible Data Storage - MapVantage systems are located in a world's best facility, running on best-of-class hardware, executing best-in-class software and using only best-practices disciplines, to ensure that clients have flexible access and security.
MapVantage's centralized management of network assets brings operators efficiencies similar to those already realized in such outsourced functions as payroll, billing management and sales. By utilizing a single, central system, a broadband operator can realize significant savings in IT personnel costs, hardware and software licenses.

Further, the MapVantage package offers features such as hosting, software upgrades, and customizations that are within the capabilities of the core software, at no additional cost. Service providers can adapt the technology to the changing needs of their organization and the design contractors with whom they work.

"One of the realities of the cable business is that multiple design and drafting shop contractors often are responsible for mapping a single service area, often using multiple formats," said Paff. "For the broadband industry to fully realize the benefits of GIS, we felt it was necessary to develop one single, affordable, open solution that could be adapted to the needs of the service providers and their contractors. We expect that MapVantage will have an immediate and long-term impact on the way systems are designed and maintained throughout the industry."

About Broadband Services, Inc.

Broadband Services, Inc. (www.broadbandsvc.com) is the leading outsource provider of integrated supply chain management, network design and fulfillment services. The company's innovative, intelligent systems enable clients to deploy and manage their most important assets, the products and technology within their networks, with documented capital and operating cost savings. Founded in 1999, the company is headquartered in Denver, CO.

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