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INFO AG is the new ITC service provider for Amprion GmbH

  • Assumption of the complete operational responsibility for IT infrastructure, IT systems and application landscape
  • INFO AG commissioned as main contractor for Amprion

Hamburg, May 31, 2012 - Amprion GmbH, one of the leading transmission system operators in Europe, has concluded an outsourcing contract with INFO AG, a QSC AG company and independent ITC full service provider based in Hamburg. INFO AG's solution concept comprises the transition of the entire Amprion IT infrastructure, IT systems and data from RWE IT to INFO AG as well as complete operations throughout the company at a later date, as an integral part of INFO AG's role as main contractor.

Amprion is a former RWE 100% subsidiary which has been an RWE AG minority shareholding since 2011. The company is currently proceeding through the legal channels for unbundling from the RWE affiliated group and due to legal requirements attached to this matter, it is no longer possible for Amprion to continue to draw from RWE IT GmbH IT services. Amprion has therefore decided to introduce extensive IT outsourcing from an independent IT service provider. Under the overall umbrella of QSC AG, INFO AG is recognized as one of the leading ITC service providers in Germany, offering individually scalable ITC solutions as well as tailor-made and flexible services. Based on the highest standards in regards to service quality, security and innovation, the full service provider is to support Amprion by way of customized, state of the art, future-oriented ITC solutions. INFO AG contributes its longstanding industry experience with comparable service organizations and reference clients from the Gas and Energy Industry business unit, headed by Bernd Loseke.

"We have accumulated extensive experience which allows us to ensure fast and flexible IT unbundling, while taking all security and stability aspects into consideration. Our best practices shall prompt further expansion within our Gas and Energy Industry business unit and enable us to realize successful projects for our clients", said Henning Reinecke, who is a member of the Board of Directors representing sales & marketing at INFO AG.

About Amprion:
Amprion GmbH is a leading transmission system operator in Europe and operates the longest extra-high voltage grid in Germany with 11,000 kilometers. More than 27 million people are supplied through Amprion's grid, which stretches from Lower Saxony, down to the Alps. Being an innovative service provider, Amprion provides industrial customers and grid partners the highest level of supply security. The network with the voltage levels 380,000 and 220,000 volts is accessible to all players in the electricity market on a non-discriminating basis and at competitive and transparent terms. Moreover, Amprion is responsible for the coordination of interconnected system operation in Germany as well as in the northern sector of the European extra-high voltage network.

Amprion in figures:

Annual transmission capacity (TWh) approx. 194
Input and output points 395
Active traders in the control area 350
Balancing zones within the control area 700
Land under biotope management (ha) 10,500
Grid length in km (380 kV) 5,300
Grid length in km (220 kV) 5,700
Area supplied (km2) 73,100
Population in the grid area (million) approx. 27
Installed electrical capacity in the control area (GW) approx. 45
Employees 900

About INFO AG:
INFO AG was founded in 1982 and a majority shareholding was acquired in the company by QSC AG in 2011. INFO AG is an IT full-scale service provider which is both an SAP Gold Partner and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, making it one of the leading providers of IT outsourcing and IT consulting in Germany. The company is partnered with IP Exchange, which provides specialist IT housing and hosting and is situated in Nuremberg. This partnership is encompassed under the overall umbrella of QSC AG, enabling INFO AG to enjoy recognition as one of the key providers of IT communication services to mid-sized enterprises in Germany. The broad range of services includes IT telecommunications, data transmission, housing, hosting, IT outsourcing and IT consulting and the company is proud to be able to offer all of these services from a single source. Furthermore, INFO AG operates three data centers at locations in Hamburg and Oberhausen. On June 1, 2011 INFO AG founded the Gas and Energy Industry business unit. The new unit shall combine comprehensive sector know-how with competencies in IT outsourcing and IT consulting. For instance, INFO AG is actively reacting to the framework conditions and the thereby enhanced requirements on the unbundling of the company in the sector deriving from the third EU package for the internal energy market.

About QSC:
QSC AG, Cologne, is a service provider for voice and data communication, as well as ICT services. Established in 1997, the company has been focusing on small and mid-size business customers. QSC is the first provider to operate an Open Access platform, which unites a wide range of broadband technologies to offer national and international site networking, including Managed Services. QSC additionally supplies its customers and distribution partners with a comprehensive product portfolio that can be modularly adapted to every need. QSC was the first provider in Germany to build its own Next Generation Network (NGN), and therefore enjoys long years of experience in connection with IP-based telephony solutions, in particular. QSC AG has been listed on the TecDAX index since 2004. The QSC group employs a workforce of some 1,400 people.

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