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French Operators Form Mobile Payments JV

Atos Origin, Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR have formed a new joint venture (JV) company to launch an innovative payment solution

February 3, 2011

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PARIS -- Atos Origin, Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR have formed a new joint venture (JV) company to launch an innovative payment solution. The new solution is being backed by major online retailers in France, including Aquarelle, Brandalley, Darty and Rue du Commerce.

Buyster is an innovative, simple, fast and secure remote payment solution for fixed and mobile Internet purchases, which will be available in France from mid-2011. Against a backdrop of sustained growth in eCommerce and an increase in purchases being made from new types of screen, including smartphones and touchscreen devices, the three French mobile operators (Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR) and Atos Origin, through Atos Worldline, a European leader in electronic transactions and secure payments, are bringing together their expertise in telecoms and payment to launch this new solution.

A new payment institution born from the association of three French cell phone operators and the leading company in electronic payments in Europe

The JV has been created against the background of the Single European Payment Area and, in particular, the Payment Services Directive (PSD), which provides the legal foundation for the creation of an EU-wide single market for payment. The regulatory environment is supportive of new players entering the payment market and the partners behind Buyster believe that their combination of mobile communications and eCommerce expertise will present a very strong offer to consumers and online merchant alike.

The aim of the company, whose payment institution licence is still being requested from the Banque de France, is to develop, operate and market the Buyster payment facility in France.

Eric Gontier, CEO of Buyster says, "Thanks to this alliance, we are setting out our ambition to become a key player in eCommerce payment and the leading company in France for mCommerce; a market with strong potential. Over the next five years, we are counting on a share of the mCommerce market representing 10% of the turnover for eCommerce with an estimated amount of just over EUR 6 billion."

Orange France

Bouygues Telecom

Atos Origin S.A.

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