DT, Swisscom to Launch Digital Marketplaces

Everybody wants to get into e-business these days, and Europe's former monopoly carriers are no exception.

Deutsche Telekom AG is partnering with U.S. electronic commerce vendor Commerce One Inc. to develop Deutsche Telekom MarketPlace, a Web site dedicated to business-to-business (B2B) trading, Deutsche Telekom announced today.

Yesterday, the carrier Swisscom AG also said it would launch its own B2B site with Commerce One.

The carriers are pitching the service as a way for European companies to reduce their costs and productivity by trading over the Internet.

Both will use Commerce One's software MarketSite to set up the sites. It helps trading partners conduct e-commerce by automating many of the processes involved, such as helping service providers to manage content from supplier catalogs.

Deutsche Telekom will set up and operate the Deutsche Telekom MarketPlace site, devoted to promoting buying and selling between companies in Continental Europe, Deutsche Telekom said in a statement.

The site or "portal" will also have links to other regions of the world through Commerce One's Global Trading Web. As part of the agreement, Deutsche Telekom will take a seat on Commerce One's Global Trading Web Advisory Council, Deutsche Telekom said.

Deutsche Telekom will also manage catalogue content and buyer communities, and resell Commerce One's software --- BuySite Enterprise, and BuySite Hosted Editions -- as well as offering the company's subscription-based product, BuySite Commerce Edition, Deutsche Telekom said. The software is designed to manage buying and selling goods and services, and manages corporate travel and expenses.

For its part, Swisscom plans to begin service for large corporate customers, later moving on to small and medium-sized customers as well as vertical markets, the carrier said in its own statement yesterday. The Swiss carrier will later introduce services such as logistics services and B2B auctions.

Neither carrier said when the sites would be launched.

Commerce One, in Walnut Creek, California, can be contacted +1-925-941-6000, or at http://www.commerceone.com/. Deutsche Telekom, in Bonn, can be reached at +49-228-181-4949, or at http://www.dtag.de/. Swisscom AG, in Bern, Switzerland, can be contacted at +41-31-342-52-80, or at http://www.swisscom.ch.

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