“FirstMark Communications France Outsources Desktop Services Management to Atos Origin”

Paris - February 5, 2002

FirstMark Communications France, a provider of telecom service and high-speed Internet access, has selected Atos Origin to manage its desktop assets and IT network. The three-year outsourcing contract confirms Atos Origin's positioning in this market.

In less than a year, FirstMark Communications France has deployed high-speed Internet access via a wireless local loop (WLL) network nationwide and via unbundled DSL in the Paris region. With this 100% IP network, FirstMark is able to deliver communication solutions to businesses and local communities that can handle dataflows of up to 8 Mbps for each client.

FirstMark has pursued deployment at a sustained pace since opening its network in January 2001. Today, it is France's leading WLL operator, offering full coverage of some twenty French cities.

To support this development and rationalize IT management, FirstMark has asked Atos Origin to manage its 500 PCs in 15 agencies in France, as well as 35 servers using a storage area network (SAN) solution. Atos Origin will use WLL technology to connect its networks with FirstMark's.

The solution offered by Atos Origin, based on skills pooling, will help FirstMark improve productivity and focus on its core business of telecommunications and high-speed Internet access for businesses.

"This new contract demonstrates our ability to support corporate customers as they develop their businesses." noted Arnaud Ruffat, Desktop Services Director. "It will also strengthen our positioning in the telecommunications industry." FirstMark previously selected Atos Origin to design, host and deliver Web Hosting and WebMail services for its clients.

Thierry Mileo, Chief Executive Officer of FirstMark Communications France, commented: "Our goal is to become the leading provider of high-speed Internet access for all businesses. By 2004, FirstMark will have 30,000 to 40,000 customers. We need to be able to count on an IT services provider who will support us as we grow."

FirstMark Communications France
FirstMark Communications France is a consortium that is 67%-owned by a number of leading French corporations, led by Suez (19%) and Groupe Arnault (18%). Other consortium members include Rallye-Casino, BNP-Paribas and Francarep (Groupe Rothschild), each with a 10% stake. The remaining 33% is held by FirstMark Communications Europe.

France's Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications (ART) licensed FirstMark Communications France to build and operate a nationwide WLL network on August 4, 2000. Deployment began in January 2001, with the following cities covered by the end of the year: Nantes, Lyon, Strasbourg, Paris and its inner suburbs, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Lille, Mulhouse, Colmar, Toulouse, Nancy, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, Montpellier, Grenoble, Nice, Tours and Rennes. FirstMark Communications France is now France's leading WLL operator.

The company launched a DSL service in Paris in November 2001 that will be extended to the entire Paris area in the first quarter of 2002. FirstMark intends to become the leading provider of high-speed Internet access for all businesses, with revenues of ¤200 million and 30,000 to 40,000 customers. It has set a local loop market share target of 6% for 2009.

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Phone: +33 (1) 55 27 69 51

Atos Origin
Atos Origin, a leading IT and e-business services provider, enables clients to turn their objectives into value driven results through effective use 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, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Wolters Kluwer.

Through its Outsourcing Division, Atos Origin leverages expertise across the iformation system to offer business customers full or partial IT system management and upgrading.

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