Ascom and KPN Sign Strategic Alliance

  Ascom and KPN Sign Strategic Alliance

Business Wire

GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- November 8, 2013

Ascom Wireless Solutions and Royal KPN N.V. have announced a strategic
alliance to create joint offerings for mission-critical communication
solutions based on cellular network technology to the healthcare segment.

The healthcare sector increasingly recognizes the strategic importance of ICT
as a cornerstone for transformation. There is a lot of potential to drive
improved and more cost-effective healthcare. Mobility, reliability and
integration are key trends. At the same time, care becomes more and more
patient-centered.

“We see a clear demand for a new patient focused mobile healthcare concept
that makes communication more safe and efficient, facilitates mobility and the
different work flows”, says Claes Ödman, General Manager, Ascom Wireless
Solutions and continues:

“KPN and Ascom have agreed to join forces in order to create a joint offering
for mission-critical communication in healthcare using cellular network
technology. We embrace this technology and want to deliver safe and reliable
solutions. That is the reason for working with operators that offer mission
critical networks. KPN is our strategic partner in the Dutch market”.

Together, KPN and Ascom will provide a complete offer for the healthcare
sector, including total integration from devices and applications to
implementation and maintenance services.

Monique Philippens, Managing Director of the Healthcare vertical of KPN says:

“In the Dutch healthcare sector, there is a growing demand for increased
productivity and cost-efficiency, in order to keep the Dutch healthcare
affordable and available for everyone. At the same time mobile technology
offers the possibilities for more innovative solutions. That is why we work
with best in class partners like Ascom to achieve these end customers’ goals.

By joining forces, Ascom and KPN will create a stronger offer for the
healthcare industry. For KPN, the alliance represents an exciting possibility
in a professional segment with higher value-added services for Healthcare
customers. Already back in 2008, KPN established a dedicated healthcare
vertical with a staff of 150 employees. This division provides a range of
services, including connectivity for voice and data, integration services,
hosting, consultancy and a cloud based service, tailor-made for the healthcare
industry. Through the alliance with Ascom the offer has been significantly
strengthened.

Ascom has allocated a significant amount of resources from its user
interaction team for research and development. The R&D department constantly
works to increase user involvement in product development. Functionality and
usability is consolidated at several stages of the development. End-customers
and partners will be involved more early as a way to boost the development
process.

For a number of years, the healthcare industry has been ambivalent to the use
of cellular technology. Many hospitals have had total bans on the use of cell
phones. This is now more or less a thing of the past. At the same time, smart
devices are making rapid advances in the professional domain. In the light of
these developments, the alliance is a natural way forward for both Ascom and
KPN.

ABOUT KPN

KPN http://www.kpn.com/zakelijk/cloud/kpn-zorg.htm is the leading
telecommunications and ICT service provider in The Netherlands, offering
wireline & wireless telephony, internet (fixed & mobile) and television to
consumers, next to end-to-end telecommunications and ICT services to business
customers. KPN is market leader in workspace-management in the Benelux region
and manages over 2,2 million workspaces. In Germany and Belgium KPN has a
multiple brand strategy and has taken a 3rd position with E-Plus and Base. In
2008 KPN introduced her healthcare vertical, offering her healthcare customers
dedicated services, which meet the needs of this segment. KPN Healthcare wants
to participate actively to make sure that the best healthcare is available for
everyone. That’s why we offer ICT solutions which make sure that there’s more
time for the best healthcare possible and more comfort will be available for
consumers.

ABOUT ASCOM WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

Ascom Wireless Solutions (www.ascom.com/ws) is a leading provider of on-site
wireless communications for key segments such as hospitals, elderly care,
independent living, manufacturing industries, secure establishments, retail
and hotels. More than75,000 systems are installed at major companies all over
the world. The company offers a broad range of voice and professional
messaging solutions, creating value for customers by supporting and optimizing
their Mission-Criticalprocesses. The solutions are based on VoWiFi, IP-DECT,
nurse call and paging technologies, smartly integrated into existing
enterprise systems. The company has subsidiaries in 11 countries and 1,200
employees worldwide. Founded in 1955 and based in Göteborg, Sweden, Ascom
Wireless Solutions is part of the Ascom Group, listed on the Swiss Stock
Exchange.

Contact:

Ascom Wireless Solutions
Wendy Bor
Business Development Manager
Tel: +31-6-295-86-488
Email: Wendy.Bor@ascom-ws.com
or
Tom McKearney
Marketing Communications
Tel : +46-31-55-95-36
E-mail: tommckearney@ascom.com
Royal KPN N.V
Corporate Communications
Media relations
Tel: +31-70-446-63-00
Fax: +31-70-446-63-10
Email: press@kpn.com
For more information visit www.ascom.com/ws
 
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