““ISPs are the rising stars of the telecoms industry” predicts Atos Consulting”

London, 7 February 2006

Pre-3GSM, Atos Consulting identifies the hottest industry trends in a report released today

A new report, Telecoms Predictions 2006, released today by Atos Consulting, the business consulting arm of Atos Origin, predicts that ISPs are rapidly taking their place alongside traditional telecoms companies as the service providers of the future.

In a presentation to industry watchers, Cees de Jong, senior vice president, global telecoms market, Atos Origin and Mark Becker, managing director, telecoms at Atos Consulting, outlined that ISPs have a perfect opportunity to win market share in an environment of rapidly shrinking voice revenues and increasing demand for converged voice and data services.  Becker stated that the ability to develop and launch new services rapidly alongside having a robust technological infrastructure will be critical prerequisites if operators are to profit from the IP revolution.

“ISPs are the new stars of the telecoms market.  Their low operational costs, huge access to customers and the fact that they are already IP enabled means that they already have the edge over many existing telecoms operators.  In the battle to win new and keep existing customers, innovation and speed to market is key; no group is better equipped to steal the march than that the ISPs,” said Becker.

Atos Origin at 3GSM World Congress 2006, Barcelona
Atos Origin will be present at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from February 13 - 16, 2006 and exhibit in the Smart Communication Valley stand Hall 2, G88 - G89. At the event it will be focusing on 4 main topics:

  • Telecom Consulting
  • IP Convergent Services
  • Outsourcing and Application Management
  • MVNO Global Services

Atos Origin's turnover in the telecoms industry is close to €1 billion and it is the 2nd largest telecom IT services provider in Western Europe. It delivers consulting - through Atos Consulting - systems integration and outsourcing expertise to 350 customers around the world, including major telecom operators such as France Telecom, KPN, Telecom Italia and Vodafone.  Atos Origin has been active in the telecoms market for more than 20 years.

Experts will be available to present our competences and recent contract wins in more detail.

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, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About Atos Consulting
Atos Consulting, the global consulting practice of Atos Origin, is a leading provider of business, process and technology consulting services. With more than 2,500 staff globally, it focuses on delivering proven, pragmatic solutions to the telecom, manufacturing, financial services and public sectors.

For more information, please contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Tel: +44 20 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com