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Germany's I Business Net Publishes Its Multimedia List for 1999

multiMEDIA, Interactive Business Net's magazine, publishes the rankings of the biggest German-speaking multi-media service providers every year. This year saw a major shift in the rankings. With a turnover of DEM 55 million, Siemens Business Services, Advanced Services and Media headed the list.

The Siemens subsidiary earned twice as much as its nearest rival, the Cologne company, Prokoda AG. Companies whose turnovers were down, but remained in the top ten, were M.I.T. (Moderne Informations Technologie GmbH) and Neurotec.

This information comes from the multimedia list compiled by the editors at multiMEDIA. They investigated 1750 active service providers in the area of interactive online and offline media in Germany and Austria.

The year before, Siemens, Advanced Services and Media was in the start-up phase. 1998 was able to show the full results and once it was out of the starting blocks, the Siemens subsidiary shot into the lead.

The CBT software house Prokoda was second, Bertelsmann subsidiary EPS and Pixelpark Multimedia came third and fourth respectively. The order of the remaining contenders in the top ten was: 5) M.I.T., 6) infoMedia Software Publishing GmbH, 7) Advesco System-Leaning GmbH, 8) Neurotec +Chips at Work, 9) Concept!GmbH, 10) Interactive Networx GmbH and TC Studios.

The same source, Interactive Business Net, also ranks locations for multi-media activity on the basis of the same 1750 companies. The German-speaking Laender or states are rated on sales per head, growth and gross sales.

The resulting order is Bavaria first, Hesse second, Baden Wuerttemberg third, North-Rhine Westphalia fourth, Hamburg fifth, Switzerland sixth, Austria seventh and Berlin eighth. Saxony and Lower Saxony are in places ninth and tenth respectively.

In computer ownership, Germany comes 9th, percentage-wise, after the US, Switzerland, the Scandinavian countries the Netherlands and Britain, but before Belgium, France, Japan, Italy and Spain.