“Atos Origin Develops Innovative Solutions with Telecom OEMs to Meet the UMTS Challenge”

Paris, France - November 10, 2000

Atos Origin, a leading European IT services provider, is delivering innovative solutions to meet new telecom OEM requirements and support transition to the UMTS networks expected to revolutionize the telecom industry by 2002.

Atos Origin Strengths in the UMTS Market,/P>

  • Teams of specialists working within the R&D labs of telecom OEMs.
  • Extensive technical skills in telecommunications, ranging from systems architecture, call processing (BSC, RNC) and network management (OMC) to data transmission protocols (ASN1).
  • A world-class UMTS OEM customer base (including Lucent, Nortel and Motorola) and experience in working with many telecom operators (France Telecom, Cegetel, Bouygues, DT Mobil...)
  • World-wide coverage.

Management of Large-Scale UMTS Network Projects
Atos Origin leverages its recognized technological expertise to manage UMTS projects and offer OEMs a full range of services from systems architecture and development to integration/validation and deployment. This ability to provide strong support in all UMTS areas represents a major benefit for OEMs, enabling them to :

  • Diminish risks associated with product installation and use.
  • Benefit from Atos Origin expertise in telecommunications.
  • Access worldwide technical support resources.

Dedicated Wireless Technology Software
Atos Origin has developed software specifically for UMTS applications, including a suite of MARBEN( wireless telecom products supplied to such telecom OEMs as Nortel, Matra, Motorola and Lucent, as well as to telecom carriers, computer manufacturers (Compaq/Digital, IBM, SUN), banks and government organizations. MARBEN( products enjoy a solid reputation for portability and robustness, with the capability to meet the performance and reliability requirements of telecom networks.

UMTS Specialists in OEM R&D Centers
Atos Origin quickly forged a position in the telecom OEM services market with dedicated network management products and extensive technical expertise, starting with the first mobile phone networks up to the current GSM and other digital networks. Its telecom specialists maintain a strong presence in the UMTS R&D centers of telecom OEMs and develop specialist services in the following upstream areas:

  • Call processing (BSC, PCU, RNC, Node B).
  • Technical architecture.
  • Network management (OMC).
  • Protocol encoding (ASN.1).
  • Support for the deployment of pilot networks.

Mobile Internet Services and the UMTS Challenge
The convergence of wireless and Internet technologies and their widespread use have driven a major surge in demand for telecom services. The introduction of UMTS as the third-generation mobile phone standard is therefore expected to revolutionize the delivery of multimedia services and applications.

UMTS should facilitate wireless Internet access and avoid overloading the capacity of mobile phone networks, while providing enhanced technical performance. Based on Internet-compatible technologies, the new UMTS networks will enable high data transmission rates of up to 2 MB/s with full multimedia capability and will radically transform the internal structure of mobile communication networks and terminals.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin, a leading information technology services provider, enables clients to turn their objectives into value driven results through effective use of e-business and IT solutions. The company's 27,000 employees deliver innovative solutions and strong industry experience to better manage the entire value network for companies and extended enterprises. Atos Origin currently operates in 33 countries worldwide, with sales of EUR 2,8 billion in 1999. Customers include ABN-Amro, Akzo Nobel, BNP Paribas, Cegetel / Vivendi, Crédit Lyonnais, Euronext, FIAT, ICI, Lucent Technologies, Philip Morris, Philips, Procter & Gamble, Shell and Unilever.

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


ASN.1 - Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) is a language that describes data structures to enable communication among heterogeneous systems. It is widely used in telecommunications for billing, network management, voice over IP, secure transactions and other functions. In UMTS networks, ASN.1 is used to encode exchanged messages. An encoding/decoding system is therefore implemented on each terminal and network infrastructure (RNC, Node B, Core Network), which requires ASN.1 products to meet specific performance and memory allocation specifications of each type of equipment concerned.

BSC - A Base Station Controller. A BSC is a switching unit that acts as an interface between the network and the BTSs it controls.

BTS - A Base Transceiver Station. A BTS is used for transmission and reception in a GSM mobile phone system.

Node B - The equivalent of a BTS in UMTS technology.

OMC - An Operation and Maintenance Center. An OMC is used to manage GSM network elements.

RNC - A Radio Network Controller. An RNC is the UMTS equivalent of a BSC.

UMTS - Universal Mobile Transmission System.