“New loading technology for the prepaid mobile phone: Atos Origin offers solution package for multi-channel TopUp”

Hanover, 13th March 2002

The IT services provider Atos Origin is proud to present a solution package for mobile operators at the CeBIT '02. This solution package enables mobile network providers to cost effectively and simply offer their customers to load their prepaid accounts via all electronic channels: POS terminals, ATMs, the telephone and the (mobile) Internet. This modular system allows mobile operators to select the optimal components to implement their individual strategy. In Germany, two major telecom organisations already operate eTopUp solutions from Atos Origin.

The challenge for mobile operators is to make loading methods cheaper and to simplify them for all participants. Expanding the top-up channels to include the internet-enabled home PC, SAT/WAP enabled telephones via GSM, POS terminals, ATMs and the home telephone offers the end customer top-up options anywhere at anytime.

"After years of expansion the mobile prepaid segment is currently stagnating and is in parts expecting downturns in revenue. It is now more important than ever to provide the customer with a cost-efficient, broad and appealing option for loading his prepaid account", states Thomas Breuer, Sector Manager Telco Central Europe at Atos Origin. "The solution proposed by Atos Origin is based on standard products from the Poseidon product suite and enables integration into existing system environments to be fast, smooth and low cost. Such a solution can be a decisive factor in leading to a competitive advantage among intense competition, particularly as a result of improved customer loyalty."

The Atos Origin solution for eTopUp takes over the complete handling of the electronic loading process for mobile prepaid accounts. This can occur by way of an electronic voucher or without voucher using instant TopUp via an electronic device. There are nearly always different market segments (merchant, network provider, bank, mobile operator) involved, each with different conditions and interests, which the Atos Origin software accommodates using existing interfaces and communication protocols.

Atos Origin is a leading IT and eBusiness service provider. It provides the complete spectrum of information technology consulting and services for major companies and organisations. 27,000 employees world-wide deliver innovative solutions and strong sector experience to better manage the entire value network for companies and extended enterprises. The core areas of competence comprise management consulting, enterprise and eBusiness solutions and outsourcing. Atos Origin is present in over 30 countries and in 2000 generated sales of 2,8 billion Euro. The company is listed on the Paris stock exchange and has its operative headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Germany alone has 1,800 employees and sales of 225 million Euro.

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