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TELES and VOBIS cooperate in Value-Added Internet Services
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Berlin (ots Ad hoc-Service) - TELES and VOBIS have just signed a far-reaching cooperation contract for the sale and service of TELES' innovative value-added Internet services through all VOBIS' PC market access points. VOBIS AG, Germany's leading independent PC specialist supplier, will considerably extend and aggressively market its expertise in value-added Internet services within the scope of this contract: For each of its regional branches VOBIS will train without delay several highly qualified Internet experts for sales, servicing and consulting at the TELES Internet Academy. This will make VOBIS the only large, all-round full-service Internet/eCommerce service provider with blanket coverage in Germany, and thus particularly ideal for all regionally operating medium-sized enterprises. With this cooperation the TELES Group, awarded the distinction "Center of Excellence in Telecommunications" many times over, is opening up and further securing highly efficient sales and service channels for its value-added Internet services in the three sectors WebHosting/eCommerce, WebHighspeedAccess (via skyDSL or T-DSL) and WebLearning. Their whole value creation chains, from their conception and development through their marketing and delivery to their sales and services, these three groups of innovative value-added Internet services represent TELES' core business since the reorganisation of the group in the summer of this year. The recent acquisitions of the Apple retail chain GRAVIS (annual revenues of approx. DM 100 million) and the mainstream wholesaler MORE! (annual revenues of approx. DM 200 million) and now intense cooperation with VOBIS (annual revenues of approx. DM 1,100 million) are all part of TELES' reorganisation measures. These three companies will - taking as a starting point over 170 owned outlets and over 7,000 outlets to whom they have business relations - by the end of 2001 have built up, qualified and got operational a closely-knit, unbroken network of altogether 1,500 high-quality PC/Apple specialist suppliers in Germany for the sale and the support of these three groups of value-added Internet services. An intense marketing campaign in all media for these three groups of TELES' very innovative value-added Internet services with an even more innovative sales concept will be launched at a press conference for the opening of TIA (TELES Internet Academy) early in November in Berlin, i.e. in time for this year's Christmas trade. The effects of the new sales channels on this year's business development are outlined in TELES' semi-annual report as at 30.06.2000. For its immediate future, this cooperation with VOBIS represents a significant concretisation of the expected revenue and profit growth. The new structure of the TELES Group and the expected development of the group until 2002 can be found in detail under http://www.teles.de. An open moderated forum is also available on TELES' homepage from today for in-depth discussion between investors and the management board regarding the company reorganisation and associated development plans.
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