Dutch PTT Telecom to Provide Network-Service Solutions Based on Microsoft Platforms

NEW ORLEANS, June 3, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. announced at SUPERCOMM ’97 an agreement with the Dutch telecommunications company PTT Telecom to provide intranet and extranet solutions and services to large and medium-sized companies. As part of this agreement, PTT Telecom will become an authorized Microsoft® Solution Provider and Microsoft reseller.

Internet Services, a new division of PTT Telecom, provides Internet, intranet and electronic-commerce solutions targeted for large and medium-sized companies. The combination of PTT’s telecommunications services and Microsoft desktop and networking products and services provides the new division with a solid foundation. Nearly all Microsoft core business applications, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Internet Information Server, the Microsoft BackOffice
family, Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Commercial Internet System, can be part of the resulting solutions. The cooperation is expected to result in a substantial expansion of PTT Telecom’s product range based on Microsoft open Internet technology.

The agreement between PTT Telecom and Microsoft is an important step toward the integration of enterprise information systems with large-scale communications networks. As a Microsoft Solution Provider and Microsoft reseller, PTT Telecom is able to provide complete, enterprisewide solutions, offering customers a choice of several business models and technologies.

“Internet and Internet-related applications are a new core business for PTT Telecom,”
said Herman Wessels, managing director at PTT Telecom Internet services.
“Using Microsoft technology, we are able to offer our customers a wider and better range of products in the area of intranet and Internet connectivity. Particularly companies and organizations that are looking for comprehensive solutions for both internal and external communications based on Internet technology will find PTT Telecom to be a very attractive partner. Combining our expert knowledge of telecommunications and Microsoft’s knowledge of both network technologies and business applications creates an organization that is in a unique position to answer our customers’ demands.”

“At this moment we’re in the process of connecting all telephone subscribers in the Netherlands to the Internet,”
said Tim de Boer, manager sales consultancy at PTT Telecom Internet Services.
“This means we’ll shortly be seeing a huge number of potential customers for electronic commerce. Any company that wants to get into this new business should start building the necessary systems and communications solutions right now. Using intranet technology, a company can prepare its internal communications systems for future developments, while simultaneously laying the foundation for a secure connection to the rest of the world.”

Intranet technology provides companies with a simple way to manage and distribute information within an organization. This capability has led to a huge growth in the demand for intranet solutions, as well as access to and from the public Internet. Microsoft products and solutions can be applied at every level in the development of secure Internet and intranet

solutions, ranging from e-mail applications to Web-based information systems and complete electronic-commerce solutions.

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