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Atos Origin and BASE sign IT outsourcing agreement


Zaventem, 12 December 2005 -Atos Origin, an international IT services provider, has signed a five-year IT outsourcing agreement to take over the IT management services of the Belgian mobile telecommunications provider BASE, a subsidiary of the Dutch company KPN. Atos Origin is responsible for the IT infrastructure, application management services and operational support. As part of the outsourcing process, around 40 employees are being transferred to Atos Origin. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the contract’s value.

Following earlier BASE announcements on its strategy to explore partnership for IT outsourcing, the Belgian mobile telecommunications company chose Atos Origin as exclusive IT services provider.

Atos Origin manages and operates the IT infrastructure, including data center, service desk, servers, data base and security management, storage. In the application operations area, BASE is transferring all applications management services, including corrective & evolutive maintenance and third parties management. Atos Origin also takes care of all operational support. BASE will continue to influence the strategic orientation of IT activities.

Bart Vandesompele, Head of Corporate Communication at BASE stated: "BASE continues to reduce its activities to what belongs to our core business. The IT and software area has fast innovation cycles and high test requirements. Atos Origin has a great experience in implementing IT processes efficiently and has already proved it with our German colleagues from E-plus. As a result, BASE can keep up the speed, get more flexibility, securing and continuously improving time to market for new services. The yearly cost reduction can also be re-invested in our growth. Another key factor in our final decision is that Atos Origin is a responsible employer. In the negotiation we have reached agreements for our IT-employees, who will keep evolving in a challenging IT environment.”

“We are delighted that BASE has appointed Atos Origin as its strategic IT partner. With our global expertise in the outsourcing field and Telco market, Atos Origin will create a solid basis for BASE, allowing the company to adapt to the fast changes in its business requirements.” said Tonny Vanderhoven, Consulting & Systems Integration Director at Atos Origin in Belgium. “ I would also like to welcome our new colleagues who will surely bring us their proven IT strengths. I am convinced that Atos Origin will give them new career opportunities, enthusiasm, conviviality and team-spirit.”

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 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.

About BASE
BASE n.v./s.a. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KPN Mobile N.V., the mobiles division of Koninklijke KPN N.V. KPN provides mobile voice and data services in Germany (E-Plus), Belgium (BASE) and the Netherlands (KPN and Hi). At the end of the third quarter of 2005, BASE had approx. 554 employees, with a market share of over 19%. In 2004, BASE had annual turnover of €428 million. The company has its headquarters in Brussels, focuses on specific market sectors.


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