“Atos Origin launches pre-pay roaming top up and international pre-pay top up transfer solution”

Paris, London, 8 August 2007

Pre-pay roaming top ups and international pre-pay top up transfers are now a reality, thanks to Global Recharge - Remittance Solution, a new offering from Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company and major European player in the processing of high-volume electronic transactions.

Global Recharge - Remittance Solution facilitates pre-pay roaming top up, allowing users to top up their local pre-pay account using vouchers brought abroad. The solution makes international top ups convenient and cost effective, as users can top up with airtime and enjoy the benefits of their local tariff in exactly the same way as they do at home.

The new solution also allows a user to transfer via their mobile phone pre-paid airtime to another user's pre-pay account in a different country. This provides users with a convenient, user-friendly way of transferring airtime to stay in contact with friends and family, without having to pay the costly commission fees associated with traditional international fund transfer methods.

“Atos Origin is at the forefront of European m-Payment projects and the launch today of the Global Recharge – Remittance Solution further strengthens our m-payment offering,” said Laurent Bailly, Telecom & Media offerings director at Atos Worldline. “m-Payment is a businesses differentiator and with this new solution, telecom operators can offer their customers an easier and more secure way to top up and transfer airtime when travelling.”

Global Recharge - Remittance Solution has been designed for mobile operators, their alliance partners and financial service providers, helping them to reduce customer churn; increase market share of value added services; and increase average revenue per user (ARPU).

The system links the mobile roaming partners and centralises payment and administrative elements, such as invoicing, commissioning, language translation and exchange rate conversion. The transactions are implemented by a system network, which is controlled by a central service delivery platform and, depending on the respective transfer models, can create a link to the corresponding recharging channel (mobile phone, cash dispenser, etc.) via special recharge adapters. The modular Global Recharge - Remittance Solution is based on flexible and scaleable UNIX and Linux technologies, guaranteeing service availability and, crucially, security.

Atos Origin has recently published a new white paper, entitled: Breakthroughs in the European Mobile Payments Market, which makes predictions for the future of m-payment in the short, mid and long-term. A copy is available at: http://www.atosorigin.com/en-us/Business_Insights/Thought_leadership/Thought_leadership_Container/wp_mobile_payments.htm  

Atos Origin is one of the key players in the European Telecom and Finance arena with revenues in these sectors of more than €1.6 billion and over 20 years experience. Through the expertise of Atos Worldline, a major European player in the processing of large-volume electronic transactions, Atos Consulting and the systems integration and managed operations capability of Atos Origin, the company helps over 350 customers around the world with complex telecom and finance projects.

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 EUR 5.4 billion and it employs 50,000 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 Worldline, an Atos Origin company
Atos Worldline is a major European player in the processing of high-volume electronic transactions, specialised in end-to-end payment services – issuing, acquiring and developing payment technology solutions – card processing, CRM and eServices (internet, voice and mobile services). With the focus on technological innovation, Atos Worldline implements its solutions in processing or integration mode.

The acquisition and integration of Banksys and Bank Card Company in December 2006 into Atos Worldline has created a European leader in Payment Services, with combined pro forma 2006 revenues of EUR 630 million and 4,000 employees.

For more information, please contact:

Atos Origin

Caroline Crouch
+44 20 7830 4233
Jose de Vries
+31 6 30 27 26 11