Recently, The Times has announced that CEGETEL has won a one billion FFr. contract to develop a national Internet based health care computer network in France.
Fifteen months ago, CEGETEL has been set up as a joint venture of British Telecom, the French Utility Company GÈnÈrale des Eaux, the German company Mannesmann and the American SBC Communications Company. Its mission is to capitalise the forth coming deregulation of the French telecommunications market. It seems efforts already are paying off.
The one billion FFr. contract has been awarded by the French Social Security Ministry. According to The Times, CEGETEL will install an open data transmission network based on Internet. The network has to be capable of serving the entire national health care system in France within the next five years.