PCM Uitgevers Selects Equant for Roving Journalists.
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 31, 2000
Correspondents File Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Stories
via Equant's Network
Equant (NYSE: ENT) (Paris Bourse: EQU) today announced it has signed a three-year contract with Dutch newspaper publisher PCM Uitgevers to provide its journalists with easy-to-use electronic access to the Internet and secure network links to home offices from assignments around the world.
PCM Uitgevers correspondents used Equant's global network to file their stories from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Equant managed to have the Corporate Internet Dial Service operational in three weeks enabling the PCM journalists in Sydney to use the service for communication with the editorial offices in the Netherlands.
Headquartered in Amsterdam, PCM Uitgevers publishes, among others, four national newspaper titles in the Netherlands - De Volkskrant, Trouw, Algemeen Dagblad, and NRC Handelsblad and one city newspaper, Het Parool - as well as brochures, trade magazines and educational publications.
PCM Uitgevers has 4,000 employees, including approximately 300 journalists who work outside the Netherlands. The company wanted to provide the journalists with network services that would be flexible, reliable and user-friendly, and to give them access to both the public Internet and the corporation's secure Local Area Network (LAN).
Equant, which operates the world's largest network, was selected from five other global telecommunications companies by PCM Uitgevers. "We chose Equant for its worldwide coverage, guaranteed network availability, and local assistance on a global scale," said Wilco Evers of PCM Uitgevers.
The Equant offering includes the ability to provide both Internet dial access and secure remote dial access for the journalists. Equant's Corporate Internet Dial Service provides direct and cost-efficient access to the Internet in over 100 countries.
Equant's service also will include Remote LAN Access Service and PPP Dial Service to provide secure dial access to the two main PCM Uitgevers offices in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
"Our journalists need secure access to our databases from around the world, as well as deadline reliability and access to the Internet," said Evers. "We found that Equant offers both the services and the worldwide network coverage that we require."
"Because PCM journalists may not know today where they will be gathering news tomorrow, Equant offers them a strategic advantage through the largest international network," said Howard Ford, head of Equant's Europe, Middle East and Africa region. "In addition, the PPP Dial Service offers high-speed access to the network in countries with ISDN infrastructure, such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom, where PCM has permanent correspondents."
The high-speed service enables quick delivery of news and photo material and the possibility to use advanced information technology systems over a secure dial connection.
Equant operates the world's largest network, providing voice, data, Internet, integration, and application services to companies around the globe. The network reaches key business centers in more than 220 countries and territories. For additional information, see www.equant.com.
About PCM Uitgevers
PCM Uitgevers is the leading Dutch publishing company. The mission of PCM Uitgevers is to be the leading publisher in the Dutch language, meeting demand for news, opinion, education, culture and entertainment through the publication of market leading and strong newspapers and magazines. By doing so, PCM Uitgevers would like to build a long-term relationship with its customers.
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