“Fondation Telecom and Atos Origin team up to bring India’s top students to Institut Telecom”

Paris, July 9, 2008

Atos Origin, a leading international IT services provider, has confirmed that it will finance excellence internships to bring Indian students to the schools of France's Institut Telecom in its first collaboration with Fondation Telecom.

Attracting high potential students with an international profile
Starting in 2008, Atos Origin will finance ten scholarships per year for Indian students enrolled in Master of Science programs at Telecom ParisTech, Telecom Bretagne, Telecom SudParis and Telecom Ecole de Management.

Thierry Mileo, Vice President Global Telecom & Media Market at Atos Origin explained: “This partnership illustrates the telecommunication market's globalization and Atos Origin's commitment to meeting operators' growing international needs.”

Claude Aulagnon, CEO of Atos Origin's Systems Integration business in France, added: “Atos Origin wants to leverage Fondation Telecom's special relationship with high potential students who have an international profile to build our future teams, both in France and in our offshore centers in India.”

Ten Indian students enrolled in Master of Science programs for the 2008-2009 school year
The first ten excellence internship candidates are currently being selected for the following Master of Science programs in English, starting in fall 2008: Computer and Network Security (Telecom ParisTech), Telecommunications and Electrical Engineering (Telecom Bretagne), Biomedical Information Engineering (Telecom Bretagne), and International Management (Telecom Ecole de Management).

Commenting on the partnership, Véronique Deborde, Chief Administrative Officer of Fondation Telecom, noted: “This partnership with one of Europe's leading providers of IT services to the telecoms market will enhance our ties to India, which are important for both the Foundation and for Institut Telecom.”

This Fondation Telecom initiative is part of Institut Telecom's strategy for 2008-2012, which involves making its campuses more international, notably by increasing the number and level of foreign students enrolled.

About Fondation Telecom (formerly Fondation Louis-Leprince-Ringuet)
Under the aegis of Fondation de France, Fondation Telecom brings together businesses interested in working with Institut Telecom to meet the new industrial, economic and societal challenges of the digital age. Fondation Telecom supports and finances programs and projects initiated by these partners—including founding partners Alcatel Lucent, BNP Paribas, France Telecom-Orange and SFR— in the areas of training, research, innovation and futurology.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is one of the world's leading international information technology services companies. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues total more than €5.8 billion and it employs over 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 listed on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

Fondation Telecom Media Contact Agence Point Virgule
Chrystel Libert – +33 (0)1 73 79 50 63 – clibert@pointvirgule.com
Solenn Morgon – +33 (0)1 73 79 50 70 – smorgon@pointvirgule.com

Atos Origin Media Contact :
Anne de Beaumont - + +33 (0)1 55 91 24 15 - anne.debeaumont@atosorigin.com