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IONA's Extensible Enterprise Service Bus Integrates Carrier's Operations and CRM Systems

Dublin, Ireland & WALTHAM, Mass - May 3, 2005 - IONA Technologies (NASDAQ:
IONA), a world leader in high-performance integration solutions for mission-critical IT environments, today announced that Beijing Mobile Communications Corporation (Beijing Mobile), a subsidiary of China Mobile Communications Corporation, has selected Artix(tm), IONA's extensible Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). The mobile communications provider, which has more than 6.5 million subscribers and offers services including mobile voice, SMS, MMS, data, IP telephony and multimedia services chose Artix to facilitate integration between its Business Operation Support System (BOSS) and its new Siebel-based CRM solution.

"Beijing Mobile is a long-time Orbix® customer, and as such, we understand and appreciate the power and flexibility of standards-based computing and the competitive advantage that can be gained by having an architecture that enables fast and efficient introduction of new services to our subscribers,"
explains Ding Jian, manager of technical support, Billing Division, Beijing Mobile. "With our selection of Artix, we are helping to ensure that the investment we've made in CORBA® is extended to support the newer technologies and applications that are key to the ongoing success of our business."

Beijing Mobile's BOSS is the technology foundation that supports the mobile carrier's daily business operations, such as billing, service provisioning and service activation, among others. Seamless and accurate transport of the information contained in BOSS is crucial to the effective and efficient operation of Beijing Mobile's CRM systems. When Beijing Mobile decided to upgrade their CRM application to one from Siebel that relies on TIBCO's BusinessWorks as its Business Process Management (BPM) engine, they needed to make certain that the core business and data services provided by BOSS could be used by the new system. Instead of using the CORBA adaptor offered by TIBCO, Beijing Mobile instead opted for Artix, citing the product's high performance and flexibility as key factors in the decision.

"With Artix, Beijing Mobile has a powerful technology that helps them meet their current integration challenges while providing the flexibility to prepare them to meet new challenges in the future," said Peter Zotto, CEO, IONA Technologies. "Artix gives companies like Beijing Mobile the ability generate a valuable return on existing IT assets today, while at the same time establishing a solid foundation on which new IT initiatives can be quickly an cost-effectively built and deployed."