“Acquisition of KPN Datacenter by Atos Origin”
PARIS/AMSTERDAM, 2 October 2001
KPN has ratified the contract for the acquisition of KPN Datacenter by Atos Origin. Both the Nederlandse Mededingingsautoriteit (Nma, Dutch authority for competition), the trade unions and the employee council have given their approval. The activities of the former KPN Datacenter will be renamed Atos Origin Telco Services BV ("Telco Services"), a part of the Managed Services operations of Atos Origin. The new company will be led by Cees de Jong, former president of KPN Datacenter.
Bernard Bourigeaud, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Atos Origin, said during the signing of the contract in The Hague that Telco Services will offer additional telecom services to both KPN and third parties from the high value-added data centres. He added:
"Atos Origin has taken a significant step towards realising its strategy of achieving a prominent market position in the telecoms market. This acquisition immediately makes Atos Origin one of the major providers of high-performance datacenter services in Europe and the unchallenged market leader in the Netherlands."
Under the contract, Atos Origin has paid EUR 163 million in cash for the acquisition of the shares of KPN Datacenter. From 2002 onwards, the revenues from this contract will be more than EUR 200 million per year, increasing the turnover of the Managed Services Division of Atos Origin by approximately 20 percent.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is a leading international business and technology integrator. Its business is turning client visions into results through the application of management consulting, enterprise, e-business and outsourcing solutions. The company has annual revenues of more than EUR 3 billion, operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and has 27,000 employees. Atos Origin's clients include ABN-Amro, BNP Paribas, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Unilever, Vivendi Universal ans Wolters Kluwer.
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