Oracle, Belgacom Announce B2B E-Marketplace in Belgium

Oracle Corp. and
Belgian telecoms solutions supplier Belgacom Wednesday introduced the first Web-based B2B marketplace in Belgium.

Based on Oracle’s Exchange e-business market platform, the new
e-marketplace will link suppliers to purchasing companies, enabling
real-time transactions, and — say the two companies — better prices
and faster delivery.

The Belgian e-marketplace will launch during the summer this year,
providing a single point of contact for buyers and sellers, allowing
them to streamline their supply chain activities.

Ray Lane, president and chief operating officer, Oracle Corp.,
said the Belgian e-marketplace was the most recent of several
branded exchanges running on Oracle’s e-business market platform.

“Together, Oracle’s exchange platform and expertise combined with
Belgacom’s network of suppliers and buyers in this region, will
allow this branded exchange to provide a reliable environment
for conducting true e-business over the Internet in both Belgium
and abroad,” said Lane.

With the launch of the e-marketplace, Belgacom will be taking a
step towards becoming an important European provider of
business-to-business electronic solutions. 50 per cent owned
by the Belgian state, Belgacom is 50 per cent owned by
ADSB Telecommunications, a consortium of companies including
SBC, Singapore Telecom, and Tele Danmark.

Belgacom says that its own Facilities and Business Services
division, which supplies services to meet the internal needs
of the group, will begin to use the e-marketplace immediately.
It says it is already making arrangements for trading partners,
suppliers and major customers to use the system.

“With this initiative Belgacom clearly wants to contribute to
the new world of e-economy by providing its customers with
enabling technology and services,” noted Alain Deneef, general
manager of the Data Networks and Applications division of Belgacom.

The new e-marketplace will be based on international standards
and will be available to anyone with access to the Internet.

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