“Atos Multimedia Platform Adds Satellite Capability”

Paris, FRANCE - March 8, 2000

Atos, a leading European IT services provider, announced today that its WORLDline multimedia platform now offers satellite data transmission, in addition to such channels as the Internet, intranets, videotex, IVR, fax servers, GSM mobile phones and Palm PDAs. The new WORLDline Satellite channel can be used to broadcast all types of multimedia applications.

Satellite transmission offers an array of advantages that are particularly suited to multimedia applications, including:

  • High-speed upload/download, ranging from 64 kbps to several Mbps.
  • Broadcast technology, in which data are transmitted just once by the server and then received simultaneously by all the terminals in the satellite footprint.
  • A large footprint, offering some of the broadest coverage without requiring major infrastructure.
  • Selective data transmission, either to all user terminals or to just one.

The satellite component of Atos' generic WORLDline multimedia platform has been developed for Astra satellites, which deliver:

  • A comprehensive range of services, including real-time data flows, file transfer and Internet-access.
  • High reliability, with redundant systems based on seven satellites in geocentric orbits.
  • Extensive coverage of western Europe, where 73 million homes receive Astra signals.

The WORLDline Satellite solution comprises a transmission server and customizable, Windows-based software that enables data to be received, filtered, stored and displayed on user terminals. This means that clients can now transmit data via satellite as well over the Internet and intranets, using videotex, IVR or fax server technologies, or via GSM mobile phones and Palm PDAs. The satellite channel can handle all client data formats, including HTML, audio and videotex, and can be used with standard protocols (IP) as well as for all types of data flows. It supports two types of applications:

  • Continuous data broadcasting.
  • Multimedia content broadcasting (push technology).

The satellite channel is already used by Finance Service to broadcast Finsat, a real-time stock market and financial news service for private investors, banks and corporate treasury departments. As the technical operator of Finsat, Atos is responsible for:

  • Hosting the service on its multimedia platform.
  • Receiving data flows from more than thirty international stock exchanges, including Paris, New York and Frankfurt, as well as data from several news agencies.
  • Processing and formatting the data received.
  • Managing satellite transmission of the data to Finsat clients at a speed of 64 kbps.
  • Supplying and maintaining client data reception and display software.

Atos, a leading European information technology services provider, is dedicated to helping companies grow and develop faster through a better use of technology. With fiscal 1999 sales of EUR 1 083 million, of which 33% was derived outside France, and a staff of 11 000 employees working in 11 European countries, Atos is focussed on providing companies strong expertise in electronic commerce, customer relationship management and supply chain management.

Through its Multimedia Division, Atos develops, manages and integrates home banking, online securities trading, electronic commerce and news services. Its multimedia server center handles more than 40 million connections a month.


Marie-Tatiana Collombert
Tel: + 33 1 49 00 96 33 - mtcollombert@atos-group.com