“Atos Origin to take over KPN’s Softwarehouse Services”


Atos Origin, a leading European IT services provider, has announced today that it has signed a letter of intent under which it will take over KPN's SoftwareHouse Services. As part of this long-term agreement, about 600 employees of KPN will join Atos Origin's Consultancy & System Integration operations in the Netherlands. The transfer is awaiting regulatory approval from the relevant authorities in the Netherlands and further details will be announced at the time of completion.

As a result of this deal Atos Origin will further strengthen its leadership position in Telco Software Services in the Netherlands and more broadly in Europe. The agreement will also extend the strategic alliance between Atos Origin and KPN. In October 2001, Atos Origin took over KPN's Datacenter operations and last week both parties completed a definitive agreement under which Atos Origin will manage KPN's End User Services.


KPN SoftwareHouse was formed in 1999 with the objective of providing a flexible and cost-effective software development and application management service for all KPN organizations in the Netherlands. These services range from consultancy to systems integration, application development and implementation, maintenance management, functional maintenance, as well as solutions to improve business processes within KPN.

Bernard Bourigeaud, Chairman and Chief Executive of Atos Origin commented:

"Our principal objective is to improve significantly the efficiency and effectiveness of KPN's IT operations, for the benefit of our client. At the same time, these outsourcing agreements enable Atos Origin to position itself prominently in the telecommunications market and guarantee a substantial and steady flow of revenues for the upcoming years. This particular deal will strengthen our Consulting & Systems Integration activities."

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 EUR 3 billion, operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and has over 26,000 employees, of which almost 8.000 work in the Netherlands. Atos Origin's clients include ABN-Amro, Alstom, Akzo Nobel, BNP Paribas, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, KPN, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Wolters Kluwer.

About KPN
KPN is a telecommunications company offering a wide range of high quality and innovative telecommunications services for both the private and business market. Its core business activities are: mobile communications; fixed network services; internet services and IP/Data services. KPN focuses on the Benelux-countries and Germany. KPN owns 85 per cent of KPN Mobile. NTT DoCoMo, KPN's strategic partner, owns the remaining 15 per cent. KPN Mobile is currently active with its own network operators in Germany (E-Plus), the Netherlands and Belgium (KPN Orange), where more than 8.000 employees serve some 13.7 million customers as of the end of December 2001.
For more information, please visit KPN on line: www.kpn.com.

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