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Orbit/Comdex 2002 : Swisscom Mobile to present Public Wireless LAN

29 August 2002

At the Orbit/Comdex Europe exhibition to be held in Basle from 24 to 27 September 2002, Swisscom will be presenting its broad range of services for mobile and wired telecommunications (in Hall1.1, Stand B10). Highlights of the offerings include broadband Internet over ADSL, the mobile office and Public Wireless LAN, which visitors can try out live for the first time.

New SME offerings from Swisscom Fixnet

Swisscom Fixnet offers SMEs versatile, market-oriented telecommunications tailored to their specific requirements. The comprehensive range covers fixed network accesses (analog and ISDN) including ADLS, Internet and hosting, latest-generation terminal equipment, communications systems for voice and data services, business numbers and data communications. The Top C503 ISDN mini PBX is a versatile communications system for the small office/home office, featuring four channels and the most important ISDN functions. Up to four analog telephones, a PC and a fax machine can be connected.
With over 100,000 accesses in the Swiss market, ADSL is becoming increasingly popular among SMEs. At Orbit, Swisscom Fixnet Wholesale Services will be launching a new business offering in addition to the existing ADSL offerings for residential customers. The new offering will deliver bandwidths between 512 kbit/s and 2 Mbit/s and be available at the end of 2002.

Mobile office and lower GPRS prices for business customers from Swisscom Mobile

Corporate Office Access allows companies to provide their mobile employees with permanent access to the company LAN and thus to e-mails, appointments calendars, tasks and contacts. They can even use WAP-compatible mobile phones as well as pocket PCs. There is also a special GPRS product variant that enables secure end-to-end connectivity (VPN) from a mobile laptop to the corporate network. Since Swisscom Mobile also offers Corporate Office Access as a middleware platform at the customer end at no extra investment cost, it is also suitable for use by SMEs. In the mobile office, the choice of transmission technology plays a secondary role. GSM, HSCSD and GPRS as well as Public Wireless LAN and eventually UMTS may be selected depending on the application area. GPRS customers benefit from an attractive new price model for frequent users which offers the option of selecting a GPRS tariff tailored to their usage. For example, with the new GPRS prices for business customers it is possible to transmit one megabyte of data for less than CHF 4.00.
At Orbit Swisscom Mobile will be presenting its Public Wireless LAN product live for the first time. Visitors to Orbit can test the performance of Public Wireless LAN for themselves - all they need is a notebook with WLAN card. At the Swisscom Mobile "hotspot" Public Wireless LAN offers business customers broadband access to the Internet, e-mails and corporate network from their laptop or pocket PC. Public Wireless LAN is to be marketed in the course of this year, and around 100 hotspots are to be set up in the near future (e.g. in hotels, congress centres, at airports and railway stations). The product specifications include fast transmission speeds (up to 2 Mbit/s) and secure access to corporate networks via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Authentication and charging is via the existing NATEL number or ValueCard. From 10.30 to 11.30 on Tuesday, 24 September 2002, a Public Wireless LAN media workshop will be held at which journalists can try out the hardware and software for themselves (Congress Centre, Messeplatz 21, "Bern" Room).

Swisscom Enterprise Solutions Ltd: Integrated solutions for business customers of all sizes

Swisscom Enterprise Solutions delivers solutions for the Internet, intranet, extranet, IT, data transmission, leased lines, conferencing, voice and data integration and customer relationship management. Swisscom Enterprise Solutions efficiently implements telecommunications and IT projects for international companies as well as for small and medium-sized enterprises. As a specialist in managed network solutions and Internet-based telecommunications, Swisscom Enterprise Solutions will be presenting a highlight for SMEs at this year's Orbit/Comdex Europe. The new IP-Plus ADSL Service was developed for small and medium-sized enterprises seeking secure, cost-effective, permanent Internet access for their local network. For a fixed monthly fee regardless of webtime or volume, the IP-Plus ADSL Service offers SMEs the combined benefits of lower, easy-to-plan costs, maximum security, a wide range of service options, and first-class customer service.

Swisscom IT Services Ltd

 , the Swisscom IT subsidiary, is a strong partner for strategic IT outsourcing and professional IT services. The company operates the largest SAP platform in Switzerland with 9,500 users. At Orbit/Comdex Europe, Swisscom IT Services will be demonstrating the latest SAP functions such as Business Warehouse, CRM 3.0, eProcurement, Mobile Business and SAP Financials. eShop.NET is an online shop solution for the planning, implementation and operation of professional online retailing businesses. With "mediaUp", the media asset management solution from Swisscom IT Services, companies have ready access to all their media at any time, anywhere and in any format. Tailored solutions for customer relationship management and data warehousing optimise customer relations. "3rd Party Billing" is a complex billing solution based on leading-edge technology. Designed for large customers and customisable, the solution guarantees maximum security and performance. Leading-edge technology is also a feature of the system for handling securities: Swisscom IT Services is implementing the GEOS (Global Entity Online System) banking software from SDS for the AGI bank network. Banks connected to the network will be the first financial institutions in Switzerland to use this state-of-the-art platform.
Mobility is a key element in modern information technology: On 24 September 2002 Swisscom IT Services will be inaugurating its new Workplace Pocket Solutions and demonstrating how modern technology can be used successfully and effectively in any mobile environment. This innovative product is an attractive addition to Swisscom IT Services, desktop services portfolio.

Swisscom Systems Ltd

 is the Swisscom Group's service specialist for telephone exchanges. As a vendor-independent provider, Swisscom Systems works closely with reputable suppliers. This way, companies from small enterprises to large multi-branch companies can benefit from the broad raft of products and comprehensive range of services. Thanks to a nationwide service network, Swisscom Systems specialists are available round the clock to assist customers - true to the motto 7x 24. With its modular range of services, Swisscom Systems is able to provide individual communications solutions that address the entire spectrum of customer needs - including the convergence of voice and data.

Bluewin - the ADSL speedway for everyone

 Bluewin, Switzerland's leading Internet service provider, will be demonstrating ultra-fast surfing with ADSL at this year's Orbit/Comdex Europe (Hall 1.1, Stand E10). On the stand Christian Handelsman, a Radio 24 moderator, will be presenting current streaming services as well as the new homepage tool which helps users design their own website in no time at all, without special HTML knowledge. Since the end of August the Starter package has been a new addition to the redesigned range of Bluewin HostCenter products. For a moderate price, Starter package users can set up a website with their own domain name. The Bluewin HostCenter offers the ideal solution for business and residential customers who want to have their own website but without operating their own infrastructure.


 connects companies to Switzerland's leading electronic marketplace and builds electronic bridges between trading and business partners, adding a new dimension to traditional business-to-business relationships. Conextrade will be presenting its solution portfolio on the stand of its partner, SAP (Hall 2.1, Stand A30).

Human Resources - dialogue with potential technical and management resources

Swisscom wants to talk to the best professionals where they congregate - at Orbit/Comdex Europe, Switzerland's most important IT trade fair. Heads of Human Resources from the individual Swisscom companies will be leveraging this platform to talk to potential technical and management employees, provide information and be on hand to answer questions on jobs and careers with Swisscom. Swisscom will therefore be present not only as an innovative telecoms enterprise but also as an attractive employer.

Berne, 29 August 2002


Swisscom AG
Media Relations
3050 Bern