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QSC wins Tchibo as new large enterprise customer

Cologne, October 06, 2004. Cologne-based QSC AG, a nationwide telecommunication provider with its own DSL network, has been operating the nationwide corporate network for the central locations of Tchibo GmbH since October 1, 2004.

In addition, Tchibo has now mandated QSC AG to also operate the company´s existing telecommunication and LAN (local area network) infrastructure. This involves the consolidation of Tchibo´s existing network infrastructures - presently consisting of some 4,000 end-user devices, such as telephones, fax machines and central telecommunication systems, as well as around 3,000 LAN ports for server, PC and printer communication. Up until now, these infrastructures have been operated by several service providers. The contracts have a term of 39 months, with an option to extend them for a further 24 months. It was agreed that further contract details will not be disclosed.

As a result of the signed agreement, QSC is providing Tchibo one-stop shopping for all services, ranging from the company´s national communication infrastructure right through to end-to-end networking of its servers and workstations. This will not only make Tchibo´s voice and data traffic more secure and reliable, but also more efficient and cost-effective. At the same time, processes will be streamlined and interfaces consolidated. Moreover, the contract also requires QSC to migrate Tchibo´s currently separate voice and data services to a consolidated, centrally managed IP-platform.

"This contract from Tchibo is a major win for QSC. We´re not only operating a large nationwide VPN here, we´re taking our services right to the individual employees´ workstations. This makes QSC a true full service provider for the company´s voice and data communication," is the way Bernd Puschendorf, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, explains the importance of this contract for QSC.

About QSC
Cologne-based QSC AG (QSC) is a nationwide telecommunication provider with its own DSL network, supplying businesses and premium residential customers with a comprehensive portfolio of broadband communication options ranging from leased lines in various bandwidths to voice and data services right through to custom enterprise networks (VPN). QSC operates on a nearly nationwide scale, in part in conjunction with partners, and serves 60 German cities with its own broadband network infrastructure. The company presently employs a workforce of some 380 people and is a member of the TecDAX 30, representing Germany´s 30 leading public technology companies.

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