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Press Release -- February 13th, 2014
Source: GTS Central Europe
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GTS to provide Orbis Hotel Group with network services

Warsaw, 13 February, 2014 – GTS Central Europe (GTS), a leading provider of integrated telecommunications solutions and data center services throughout Central and Eastern Europe, has been selected by Orbis Hotel Group the leading hotel operator in Eastern Europe, to provide a customized fiber network throughout Poland and managed security services to support their Poland and Baltic operations.

GTS signed a 5 year agreement with Orbis Hotel Group to build and operate an optical network to their 56 Poland hotel locations including the Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, ibis and Orbis brands. Depending on the size of the hotel property, GTS will provide dedicated IP capacity starting from 100Mb/s across a custom fiber infrastructure and backup services through their radio network. GTS will construct the fiber network from scratch and Orbis will migrate their existing services provided by multiple service providers onto this new unified, scalable and resilient infrastructure from GTS.

“We looked for a trusted partner that could help us achieve our strategic goal of improving our customer experiences by offering the highest quality services in our 56 hotels in Poland”, said Grzegorz Kotowicz, IT Security Officer at Orbis. “GTS designed and will deploy a high-capacity, flexible and secure network to support both guest and internal applications. This is a new approach at Orbis and the Accor Group and will allow us to test new bandwidth-intensive applications and technologies such as video and music streaming for our guests.”

Additionally, GTS’ solution will include advanced security management services, where they will deliver and manage Stonesoft’s cutting-edge firewalls to support Orbis’ critical corporate and property management systems for Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia markets. The security configuration will be compliant with the international Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) and consist of security monitoring, incident reporting and management and security policy management activities.

“We are delighted for the opportunity to partner with Orbis and provide a customized solution that allows them to achieve their business strategy while gaining network efficiencies and optimizing costs,” stated Piotr Sieluk, Managing Director of GTS Poland. “GTS understands the importance of data security and has built a strong security skillset to meet these types of customer requirements.”

About Orbis Hotel Group:

The Orbis Hotel Group is the largest network of hotels in Poland. It manages 61 hotels in 30 cities in Poland as well as two hotels in Lithuania. It offers a total of 11,500 rooms. The hotels operate under the brand names of Accor: Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis budget, as well as Orbis Hotels. These brands, recognized throughout the world, provide a quality of service to various standards, ranging from luxury 5-star to budget 1-star hotels. For more information, please visit: www.orbis.pl

About Accor:

Accor, the world's leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe, is present in 92 countries with more than 3,500 hotels and 450,000 rooms. Accor's broad portfolio of hotel brands - Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, Adagio, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget and hotelF1 - provide an extensive offer from luxury to budget. With more than 160,000 employees in Accor brand hotels worldwide, the Group offers its clients and partners 45 years of know-how and expertise. For more information, please visit: www.accor.com
About GTS:

GTS Central Europe is a leading infrastructure-based provider of telecommunications services in Central and Eastern Europe. GTS owns and operates an extensive fiber optic and data center network throughout the region. In the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, the company combines its regional footprint with deep local networks to deliver a broad range of services. From basic voice and data to complex virtual private networks and cloud services, GTS assembles the latest technology with its extensive network to provide industry-leading customer solutions. With a strong operating history of nearly 20 years in CEE, the company is committed to providing service excellence and value to its over 38,000 business, carrier and government customers. For more information, please visit us at www.gtsce.com.

PCI-DSS:
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) is a widely accepted set of policies and procedures intended to optimize the security of credit, debit and cash card transactions and protect cardholders against misuse of their personal information.

For further information please contact:

Lucie Řeřichová, PR manager and spokesperson, GTS Central Europe,
phone +420 225 253 152, +420 777 198 838, e-mail: lucie.rerichova@gtsce.com

Ondřej Micka, EMC a.s. agency,
phone +420 251 091 211, +420 724 352 552, e-mail: gts@emcgroup.cz

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