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GE’s Successful Collaboration with Swisscom Gives Switzerland World-Class Efficiency and Accuracy to Plan, Upgrade and Optimize Their Network Infrastructure

Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM - September 15, 2010. GE (NYSE: GE) and Swisscom have completed a complex, four-year project to upgrade Swisscom’s physical network records, management and planning capabilities with the planning tool for the access network project (PTA). The solution increased the reliability, accuracy and flexibility behind one of Swisscom’s most important communications assets: the nationwide access network for legacy and IP-based services such as voice, internet and digital television to consumers across Switzerland. The new automated system, based on GE’s Smallworld Network Inventory product suite, also supports Swisscom’s ongoing rollout of a next generation fiber to the home (FTTH) network to deliver higher bandwidth services at faster speeds.

Swisscom now has a proven, integrated software tool for managing its network design, engineering and asset inventory. The system replaced paper records with a single automated solution that provides high scalability and valuable information on the spot with online access from anywhere within the company. As part of the data conversion, migration and integration project, the initiative vectorized and converted 924 regional access networks throughout Switzerland, into the one system on time and on budget. Now up to 400 users across Swisscom’s organization can access accurate network information at the same time, improving the management of the asset network lifecycle.

“PTA has delivered 99.9 percent data consistency and is now the base for the sustainable construction and operation and accurate asset management of Swisscom’s physical infrastructure,” said Patrice Haldemann, head of rollout and access and project sponsor. “Its flexibility has helped us improve engineering, design and procurement procedures across the organization.”

By streamlining the transformation of Swisscom’s access network into a next generation network, Swisscom will meet ever-growing consumer demand for higher speed broadband services with a new FTTH network.

GE’s Smallworld Network Inventory solution is improving Swisscom’s performance throughout the network lifecycle. The system helps Swisscom rapidly design and build the optimal network to support high-speed voice, video and data services through automated work flows and dramatically improved end user productivity. Then, Smallworld’s accurate geographical mapping improves the ongoing efficiency and cost-effectiveness of system repair, maintenance, upgrades and customer service.

“GE’s Smallworld technology has proven itself a valuable productivity and opportunity tool to help engineers automate network design, optimize asset deployment and deliver network performance objectives,” said Keith Redfearn, general manager—digital energy, Europe North/East Region for GE Power & Water. “Thanks to our work together over the past four years, Swisscom can build and manage its communications network infrastructure more efficiently every day.”

About Swisscom
Swisscom is Switzerland's leading telecoms provider, with 5.7 million mobile customers and around 1.8 million broadband connections. In the first half-year of 2010, the company's 19,480 employees (full time equivalents) generated revenues of CHF 5.95 billion.

About GE
GE is a diversified global infrastructure, finance and media company that's built to meet essential world needs. From energy, water, transportation and health to access to money and information, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide.

GE serves the energy sector by developing and deploying technology that helps make efficient use of natural resources. With 60,000 global employees and 2009 revenues of $37 billion, GE Energy is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies. The businesses that comprise GE Energy—GE Power & Water, GE Energy Services and GE Oil & Gas—work together to provide integrated product and service solutions in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; and other alternative fuels.

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