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Swisscom IT Services Ltd to take over the IT services of Ascom in Switzerland

23 January 2004

Swisscom IT Services and Ascom have signed an agreement governing the outsourcing of Ascom's IT services in Switzerland over the next five years. For Swisscom IT Services the takeover represents an important move in its strategic direction as a specialist in outsourcing solutions.

The outsourced services primarily cover distributed IT services as well as SAP operation and application support for some 1600 users in Switzerland. The 60 or so employees of Ascom Informatik AG will be transferred to Swisscom IT Services as part of the outsourcing agreement. As an outsourcing specialist, Swisscom IT Services will enhance Ascom's competitiveness by ensuring the professional operation of the company's IT services.

Riet Cadonau, a member of the Ascom Executive Board and responsible, among other things, for the outsourcing project, commented: "Over the next five years we anticipate a reduction in operating costs while maintaining the high quality of our services and optimising existing IT investments." According to Urs Stahlberger, CEO of Swisscom IT Services Ltd, "This agreement underscores our position as one of the leading IT service providers in Switzerland. As a specialist in outsourcing services we provide efficient, optimised services that will allow Ascom to concentrate on its core business."



Ascom is an international solutions provider with comprehensive technological know-how. In the fields of Transport Revenue (revenue collection and parking systems), Security Solutions (applications for security, communications, automation and control systems for infrastructure operators, public security institutions and the army), Network Integration (network solutions for the data/voice convergence market) and Wireless Solutions (high-quality onsite communications solutions) with a wealth of experience in the implementation of complex projects for demanding customers, the company has established itself in important key markets. Ascom's offerings range from analysis and consulting to system design and integration, project management, engineering and implementation, maintenance and support. The company operates subsidiaries and branch offices in 23 countries and has a worldwide workforce of around 5000. Ascom registered shares (ASCN) are listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich.


Swisscom IT Services

Swisscom IT Services is a leading Swiss IT service provider with business activities focused on selected sectors of the Swiss market. By combining local sector-specific know-how and international technology trends, Swisscom IT Services enhances the competitiveness of its customers. The company possesses many years of experience and wide-ranging competences in the fields of telecommunications and financial services and is making targeted inroads into the public administration (government) and healthcare sectors. A specialist in the field of outsourcing services, Swisscom IT Services also caters to customers outside the core and target sectors. The company operates and develops eTrade solutions for the Conextrade electronic business-to-business platform. Swisscom IT Services is a Swisscom subsidiary and, with some 2300 employees, is part of a successful Group. The headquarters are located in Ostermundigen, near Berne.


Berne, 23 January 2004


Swisscom AG
Media Relations
3050 Bern