“INFOBRAIN partners with Atos Origin to deliver complete TAP3 solution for 3G services roaming”

Zürich, Effretikon, Switzerland, 27 February 2006

A new solution to cut time to market and costs for delivery of 3G services to roaming subscribers

A new partnership between mobile roaming software specialist INFOBRAIN and Atos Origin provides the ideal solution for GSM operators looking to grow roaming revenues. The partnership will enable Atos Origin, one of the world's leading IT operation services companies, to offer a unique TAP3 converter solution that will support GSM operators in providing full 3G services to their roaming customers.  It also puts in place a foundation for the future delivery of complete roaming solutions.

TAP - the Transferred Account Procedure - is key to operators' ability to bill for services used by their roaming subscribers, and the INFOBRAIN TAP3 converter incorporates all the latest features, essential for handling internet, mobile media and prepaid roaming transactions.

The essence of TAP3 is that it delivers information on where a call is initiated and where it is terminated – information key to profiling customer behaviour patterns.  This supports a high level of accuracy in targeting individual customer segments, allowing operators to build up detailed demographics of the customer base and to target special occasions like sporting events and concerts.

The partnership combines INFOBRAIN's state-of-the-art componentized TAP3 conversion software and Atos Origin's system's integration expertise in billing and roaming systems.  As a result, GSM operators now have a TAP3 converter solution that is highly configurable, backwards compatible with earlier TAP releases, and can be easily integrated in the existing legacy environment as well as in componentized service oriented architectures. 

The solution is designed to lower total cost of ownership: maintenance effort is minimal, compared with the cost of maintaining and upgrading converter functionality that is tightly coupled to the billing system, and future TAP3 releases will be provided free of charge. They will also be issued in advance of the general release date - giving operators a vital head start in delivering attractive new services.

"INFOBRAIN's technology delivers one of the most popular TAP engines in the GSM community, and provides the perfect complement to our own roaming solutions”, said Herbert Ender, CEO Atos Origin Telecom Schweiz AG.  "This new partnership will allow us to deliver state-of-the-art 3G roaming solutions which will meet our customers' twin goals of lower cost of ownership and more competitive services.”

Markus Schlehan, CEO INFOBRAIN, says: "A strong commitment and partnership between INFOBRAIN and Atos Origin enables Atos Origin to commit industry standard  TAP3 / RAP1 processing to its customers. This is an enormous benefit to any operator looking for applications to support the GSM roaming TAP3 / RAP1 standards". He continued: "We are excited about working closely with one of the leading international telecom IT services provider and I expect this partnership will introduce INFOBRAIN solutions to an even broader customer base in a rapid growing market."

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.

INFOBRAIN Ltd (founded 1988) is an IT solution provider located in Switzerland. It is one of the leading suppliers of GSM standard software, in particular for TAP3 / RAP1 processing. For more information, visit http://www.infobrain.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.

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