“Vmobile Nigeria turns to Atos Origin and airwide solutions to launch interactive services”

Johannesburg, South Africa and London, UK, 8th December 2005

Atos Origin and airwide provide Vmobile with a simple and reliable USSD solution to launch revenue-generating services to its entire customer base

Atos Origin, a leading international information technology (IT) services company, and airwide solutions, a global leader in providing mobile infrastructure software to enable, enhance, and ensure mobile communications for wireless operators, today announced that they have been selected by Vee Networks Nigeria Limited (Vmobile Nigeria) to deploy a USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) Gateway, aircode, to launch GPRS services.

Aircode makes it possible for Vmobile Nigeria to rapidly deploy interactive applications such as Vmobile's Call-Me-Back service, TV voting, or transactional services like m-banking that will significantly improve revenues.
aircode works on the majority of legacy handsets and offers a seamless end-user experience, ensuring mass-market penetration and rapid increase in voice and data usage.

A further benefit of aircode is the enhancement and simplification of customer care services such as account balance inquiry and account recharge which is currently performed using the IVR (Interactive Voice Response). aircode complements the existing IVR, offering an efficient and cost-effective self-care alternative to Vmobile subscribers. Atos Origin offered and integrated airwide's aircode solution to Vmobile Nigeria.

"The high quality and reliable solutions from airwide made it the obvious choice for Atos Origin to answer Vmobile's new GPRS initiatives and we are delighted to be working with a flexible, dynamic and committed company like airwide" said Alain M. Michel, Managing Director of Atos Origin South Africa.

"Airwide and Atos Origin have supplied us with a solution that will enable Vmobile Nigeria to offer a whole range of new interactive services and more importantly, a significant increase in voice and data revenues," said Eric Valentine, Acting Chief Engineering Officer for Vmobile Nigeria. "Aircode is a proven solution offered by a team of experienced and dedicated people. This combination convinced us to choose aircode.”

The Vmobile project extends airwide's footprint into the African market. "The deployment of aircode at Vmobile marks a significant milestone for the operator and for the Nigerian market in general. It demonstrates the strong growth of telecommunications in the region and the commitment from Vmobile Nigeria to provide innovative ways for its subscribers to use new services," commented Peter Balchin, President of the EMEA region for airwide solutions.

About VEE NETWORKS Nigeria Limited
VEE NETWORKS Nigeria Limited (Vmobile Nigeria) was granted a licence to operate a digital mobile GSM network in Nigeria on 9 February 2001. Vmobile Nigeria is aggressively expanding and increasing capacity of its network. This includes coverage in new services areas, enhancement of existing capacity and an extensive backbone infrastructure. Vmobile Nigeria has in the region of 3,6 million subscribers. Vmobile Nigeria's customers include some of the most prominent banks, businesses and multi-nationals in Nigeria from various industries. Vmobile Nigeria has commenced the implementation of extensive coverage of the country tagged Project R.O.S.E, which entails the investment of $2 billion to install 3,000 base stations to expand coverage and improve service quality to world-class standards by 2007. Our network now provides coverage to most parts of Nigeria, including all the commercial centers and State Capitals.

For further information:
Emeka Oparah
Tel: +234 802 190 1120
Email: eoparah@vmobile-nigeria.com

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology 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 over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

Atos Origin Press Contacts:

Atos Origin EMA

Stephanie Berthe

Tel: +39 06 8307 4289


Atos Origin Corporate

Anne-Marie Capilla

Tel: +33 1 55 91 20 52


About airwide solutions
airwide solutions is a global leader in providing mobile infrastructure software to enable enhance and ensure mobile communication for over 70 wireless operators worldwide. airwide solutions was founded on July 26, 2004 following the merger of Schlumberger Messaging Solutions (MSG) and Taral Networks. airwide solutions has a rich tradition of innovation. airwide solutions sent the first commercial SMS (Short Message Service) in 1992 and deployed the first A2P (Application to Person) MMS push gateway in 2004. Core products include: SMSC, SMS Routers, MMSC, MMS push, MMS Routers and Gateways for Value-Added-Services (VAS) Management, Mobile Device Management, Handset Fraud Prevention, Anti-Spam and Anti-Spoof solutions. airwide solutions has regional offices in England, Canada, Australia and the United States.

Please visit www.airwidesolutions.com for more information.

For further information:
Nicole Gruslin
airwide solutions
Email: nicole.gruslin@airwidesolutions.com
Telephone: 1 (450) 646 4163
Mobile: 1 (514) 581 1373

Tanya Pedashenko or Molly McDonagh
Email: tpedashenko@golinharris.com or mmcdonagh@golinharris.com
Telephone: +44 207 067 0630 or +44 207 067 0624