“France Telecom and Atos Origin Sign Innovative Partnership Agreement to Use Viaconferencing Collaborative Work Solution”

Paris - October 8, 2003

France Telecom and Atos Origin have signed a partnership agreement whereby Atos Origin will use France Telecom's Internet-based Viaconferencing collaborative work solution to support and train IT application users.

The agreement specifies that:

  • Atos Origin will integrate France Telecom's Viaconferencing service into its "turnkey" training and e-learning offerings.
  • Atos Origin training staff will familiarize corporate users, instructors and facilitators with the Viaconferencing solution using dedicated resources.

France Telecom's Viaconferencing solution can be implemented using a standard workstation equipped with a Web browser. It allows users to:

  • Immediately set up meetings with co-workers, clients and partners.
  • Share documents and/or applications in real time during Web conferences, with the possibility of interactive participation.
  • Post presentations or conduct Web tours remotely.
  • Demonstrate and test IT applications in real time, train future software users or perform helpdesk operations remotely on client workstations over the Web.

Atos Origin is contributing its methodology and teaching expertise to help familiarize users with France Telecom's Viaconferencing service. In addition, its e-learning experience has helped to quickly identify good practices that will make training more interesting and effective. As a result, the service's features are now impacting the methods used to design and conduct training courses.

The partnership optimizes the support provided to help companies embrace new remote working technologies. It is enhancing the effectiveness of the resources that Atos Origin has developed for its clients and is strengthening its training projects, while making it easier for France Telecom to market the solution.

Corinne Bastid, Audio and Webconferencing Solutions Manager at France Telecom, said: "Viaconferencing enables remote working, meetings and learning in synchronous mode. Atos Origin's skills transfer experience will help us to make it easier for clients to discover and master this new solution."

Robin Ajdari, Training Marketing and Sales Manager at Atos Origin commented: "Viaconferencing will enhance the impact of the resources we use to support IT application changeovers. The service will underpin a variety of initiatives, including startup assistance, software update training and refresher courses. We believe that France Telecom's business rationale for the service perfectly matches demand in a market where the trend is to avoid heavy spending on software licenses for e-learning applications."

About France Telecom
France Telecom is one world's leading telecommunications carriers, with 113 million customers on five continents (220 countries and territories) and 2002 consolidated revenues of €46.6 billion (€22.9 billion in first-half 2003). Through its major international brands, including Orange, Wanadoo, Equant and GlobeCast, France Telecom offers a complete portfolio of solutions spanning local, long-distance and international telephony, wireless, Internet, multimedia, data, broadcast and cable TV services.

France Telecom is the second-largest wireless operator and Internet service provider in Europe and a world leader in telecommunications solutions for multinational corporations. The company is listed on the Euronext Paris market and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: FTE).

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services provider. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations, including outsourcing and on-line services. In August 2002, Atos Origin acquired KPMG Consulting in the UK and The Netherlands, trading as Atos KPMG Consulting. The company generates annual revenues of EUR 3 billion and employs 28,000 staff in 30 countries. The Group's client list includes major companies such as ABN AMRO, Akzo-Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, British Petroleum, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, ING, KPN, Lucent, Philips, Renault,
Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Shell, UBS Warburg, Unilever, Vivendi Universal, Vodafone and Wolters Kluwer.

Press Contacts

France Telecom

Nilou Du Castel

Jean-Yves Bouchet
Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 44 93 93

Atos Origin

Marie-Tatiana Collombert

Anne de Beaumont
Tel. : +33 (0)1 49 00 96 42