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Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Vodafone join forces to offer B2B mobile solutions
Paris (ots) - Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Vodafone Group Plc ("Vodafone") announce that they have agreed to form a 50/50 joint venture to offer mobile enabled solutions to corporate customers across Europe. Combining the management consulting, information technology and integration skills of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and the mobile technology and services expertise of Vodafone, the joint venture will offer innovative mobile solutions to address the business opportunities of the rapidly expanding m-commerce markets. The joint venture will be one of the first companies to bring together systems integration and mobile technology.
The joint venture will offer businesses unique solutions that can vary in scope, from simply developing mobile access for a company's intranet, to fully supported complex marketplace solutions. The initial focus will be on various business sectors including freight and logistics, automotive, financial services and construction, in which mobile access is already key and will become increasingly significant with the introduction of third generation mobile services.
The joint venture will be non-exclusive with an European scope and will initially target markets in Germany and the UK, from its offices in Dusseldorf and London.
About Cap Gemini Ernst & Young
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young is one of the largest management and IT consulting firms in the world. The company offers management and IT consulting services, systems integration, and technology development, design and outsourcing capabilities on a global scale to help traditional businesses and "dot companies" continue to implement growth strategies and leverage technology in the new economy. The organization employs more than 58,000 people worldwide and reports global revenues of about 7.7 billion euros (1999 pro forma). More information about individual service lines, offices and research is available at www.cgey.com
Vodafone Group Plc is the world's largest mobile telecommunications company. Vodafone has a global portfolio with operations in 25 countries around the world, across five continents. At the end of September 2000, Vodafone reported a proportionate worldwide customer base of approximately 66 million.
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