“E-Plus and Atos Origin sign IT outsourcing agreement”
Paris/Düsseldorf – November 29, 2004
IT infrastructure and application management transferred to Atos Origin / E-Plus becomes first mobile telecommunications company to outsource application management and software testing area / Lower costs through efficient IT processes / Transfer to take place on December 8th, 2004
Atos Origin, one of the leading international IT services provider, has signed a five-year IT outsourcing agreement, under which it will take over the IT operations of Germany's third-largest mobile telecommunications provider E-Plus, a subsidiary of the Dutch company KPN. In future, Atos Origin will be responsible for IT infrastructure, application management and the test department for product integration where new software is tested. As part of the outsourcing process, around 180 employees will transfer to Atos Origin. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the contract's value.
As part of the takeover of IT infrastructure operations, the E-Plus data centres at its head office in Düsseldorf and in Ratingen will be transferred to Atos Origin. In the application operations area at Business Support Systems, E-Plus is transferring both software and server architecture maintenance. Furthermore, Atos Origin will assume test activities for new software, such as invoicing software or CRM systems, on behalf of E-Plus. E-Plus is therefore the first mobile telecommunications provider in Germany to outsource not only its infrastructure operations but, in addition, its application management and the introduction of new software to an external IT service provider. After the spin-off, E-Plus will continue to influence the strategic orientation of IT activities.
E-Plus employees affected by the outsourcing will remain at the Düsseldorf site within a "Mobile Telecom Competence Centre (MTCC)" formed by Atos Origin. The E-Plus works and central works agreements remain valid for employees in line with Article 613 a (1) sentences 2 and 3 of the German Civil Code. E-Plus and Atos Origin have agreed to provide those E-Plus employees with advantages beyond the legal requirements.
E-Plus originally invited nine providers to submit information on their qualifications and ideas for E-Plus' IT functions. Atos Origin was then selected as the strategic partner in a multi-stage process.
Uwe Bergheim, Chairman of the Management of E-Plus stated: "The IT and software area is characterised by fast innovation cycles and high test requirements. As an international company, Atos Origin has a great deal of experience in implementing IT processes efficiently. As a result, we become faster and more flexible on the market and can also cut costs. The funds that this releases can be invested in our growth. Another key factor is that Atos Origin is a responsible employer. In the negotiation we have reached agreements for our IT-employees beyond the existing framework regulated by law."
"We are delighted that E-Plus has appointed Atos Origin as its strategic partner. With our global expertise in the outsourcing field, Atos Origin will create a solid basis for E-Plus, allowing it to adapt to the fast-paced changes in its business requirements. At the same time, the company can significantly reduce its IT costs," said Gerhard Fercho, Chief Operations Officer at Atos Origin in Germany. "The cooperation with E-Plus is another major step for Atos Origin in expanding its business in Germany and consolidating its position as a leading outsourcing company."
The takeover of the IT division requires the approval of the E-Plus Supervisory Board and the Federal Cartel Office.
With around 9.1 million customers (as of 09/2004), E-Plus is Germany's third-largest mobile telecommunications provider. The company concentrates its efforts on its profitable growth and systematically orients its activities to company results . In the past year, E-Plus further expanded its market position and recorded double-digit growth in customer numbers. E-Plus also increased its market share from 12.3 percent at the end of 2002 to 13.1 percent (as of 09/2004)
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology (IT) services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs 45,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and its clients include ABN AMRO, Akzo Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ING, KPN, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank,Telecom Italia, UK Department for Work and Pensions, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Vodafone.
Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Euronext Premier Marché and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
Atos Origin has a proven record of over 20 years of accomplishment and experience in the Telecoms sector and has the capacity, skills, and capability to provide global services. Atos Origin delivers reliable end-to-end solutions and has a customer base covering major telecom operators in Europe such as France Telecom, KPN, Vodafone, and Telecom Italia. The company's annual revenue in the telecom industry is close to EUR 1 billion .
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