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Prematurely extended: BEB continues to count on QSC

BEB Erdgas und Erdöl GmbH & Co. KG is prematurely extending its framework agreement with QSC AG for complete operation of its ICT services for a further 48 months.

Cologne, September 10, 2014 _ BEB Erdgas und Erdöl GmbH & Co. KG will continue to count on QSC through at least 2018. Both companies have agreed to prematurely extend their framework agreement for complete ICT services by 48 months. This means that QSC will continue to operate the network for BEB (including WAN and Security Services) as well as all server systems and applications, and assure on-site support and the Service Desk. This energy enterprise will thus continue to benefit from a perfect fit for solutions, from unbureaucratic decision-making channels and from performance that has been highly stable for years.

One of QSC's oldest customers from the energy industry, BEB is continuing its collaboration with this leading ICT provider. Since 2008, these two companies have been jointly developing modern IT solutions for the changing needs of the energy market. "During the course of our long years of association in a spirit of trust, QSC has proven time and time again that we are going with the right partner," says Rainer Clodius, who's responsible for IT Coordination at BEB Erdgas und Erdöl GmbH & Co. KG. "While the energy market has been constantly facing changing needs, we have always been able to rely on QSC."

QSC AG Management Board Member Henning Reinecke notes: "QSC today numbers among the leading IT partners to the energy industry, a development that had its beginnings through our partnership with BEB." Bernd Loseke, who heads up Direct Sales Energy at QSC AG, adds: "We have reflected the upheavals in the energy market in recent years in BEB's IT infrastructure. This has enabled us to consistently and reliably support BEB in successfully shaping this change. With this contract extension, we will be continuing the intensive and powerful collaboration that this has produced."

As a subsidiary of Shell and Esso, BEB numbers among the leading petroleum and natural gas players in Germany. What was formerly an integrated company has been operating completely independently since 2002. In multiple steps, BEB has spun off its exploration, production, storage and transportation activities. Within the framework of market liberalization, the latter went to Storengy Deutschland GmbH and Gasunie Deutschland GmbH, both of whom are existing customers of QSC AG.

About BEB
BEB is Germany's largest natural gas producer and a major German producer of petroleum. BEB is a subsidiary of Shell and ESSO, each holding 50% of its shares. From its headquarters in Hanover, mining company BEB is responsible for all underground activities within the framework of its mining permits in Germany, and maintains and manages the petroleum and natural gas production facilities, natural gas processing facilities, pipeline systems, gas drying and compressing facilities it owns as well as operative and administrative buildings in Germany. BEB has contracted with ExxonMobil Production Deutschland GmbH to operate all of its facilities.

QSC: ICT solutions for small and mid-size enterprises
QSC AG offers small and mid-size enterprises one-stop shopping for an extensive range of ICT services: from telephony, data transfer, Housing and Hosting right through to IT Outsourcing and IT Consulting. As an SAP and a Microsoft Partner, QSC AG additionally possesses special expertise in the field of SAP and Microsoft implementation. Cloud services developed in house for a wide range of applications round out the portfolio. With its own cutting-edge network infrastructure, as well as TÜV- and ISO-certified data centers in Germany, QSC numbers among the leading SME providers of ICT services in Germany. The company offers both custom-tailored solutions for individual ICT needs as well as a modular product portfolio for smaller business customers and marketing partners. QSC employs a workforce of some 1,800 people and is included in the TecDAX index.

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