The history of ATM S.A. goes back to 1987, when the newly established company called TTM Sp. z o.o. created a flight recorder, which became popular among its clients. After the transformation in 1989 into Przedsiębiorstwo Produkcyjne ATM (ATM Manufacturing Company), the enterprise continued to successfully operate in the aviation electronics industry (in 1994, the company’s products were awarded with the right to use the “Teraz Polska” logo) on the Polish and international markets. In 1991, PP ATM decided to expand its primary field of operation by opening an Advanced Computer Systems Unit responsible for the distribution in Poland of products by the worldwide leader in the field of computer graphics — Silicon Graphics.
Computer systems and the Internet
An interest in IT opportunities led to the connection of ATM to the Global Network in 1992 — as the first commercial company in Poland — and the expansion of its offer in the direction of integrated teleinformatic solutions. In 1993, ATM as the first company in Poland began to offer commercial Internet services: IKP (Internet Komercyjny w Polsce — Commercial Internet in Poland), carrying out pioneer implementations only a year later: the deployment of a supercomputer and combining a LAN network with a backbone in the unknown at the time in Poland ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) technology. The rapid development of the Advanced Computer Systems Unit led to its separation in 1994 when it was registered as an independent business entity: ATM Sp. z o.o., and transformed in 1997 — maintaining legal continuity — into the existing corporation form.
The expansion of operations in complementary areas — such as computer networks and software — allowed ATM to successfully carry out major projects. The first of these concerned the informatization of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry, carried out between 1995 and 1996. A doubtlessly spectacular project involved equipping the Justice Administration Complex with the seat of the Supreme Court on the Krasińskich square in Warsaw in information technology solutions (2000). The ATM technology implementation projects completed in the nineties within the networks of the Warsaw University or Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (mobile phone operator) are still fully operational, and Polish scientists continue to use the powerful computing installations delivered by the company at that time (obviously upgraded and expanded many times since then) to all the national supercomputer centers.
ATOM and ATMAN
The simultaneous and highly successful telco activity of IKP (several thousand clients, mostly corporate) was transformed in 1998 into a separate subsidiary: ATOM S.A. and sold a year later to GTS.Funds from this transaction were invested in a fiber network in Warsaw together with a modern management center for it, which allowed ATM to make a whole new entry onto the telco market in 2001: the ATMAN network was created.
Coupling the competences of a telecommunications operator with an experienced teleinformatic integrator within a single company ready to face all sorts of technological challenges resulted in the completion of projects which could often be considered as pioneering.This includes the implementation in Polpharma S.A. of the first fully validated medicine manufacturing management system in Poland (2002), the first commercial public WLAN network or the first Content Billing system in the public IP network (2004).The result of many years of ATM’s participation in the project of creating an interactive television service was the development (together with TVP public television and scientific institutions) of the first nationwide interactive television prototype in the country (2005).
Stock exchange debut
ATM’s stable and rapid growth led to the company's entrance onto the stock exchange in September 2004. The status of a public company comes with the need to meet high requirements relating to the transparency of operation, as well as exposing the organization to constant, independent investor evaluation.
Since 2006, ATM has built a capital group, investing both in entities which increase its executive potential, as well as companies at an early stage of development which create innovative solutions based on teleinformatic technologies. This reflected the strategy developed by the Company of balanced development in two directions: organic growth and development through innovations. This strategy ensures stability and security, at the same time allowing to increase value by leaps resulting from the market success of one (or more) of the innovative projects undertaken.
ATM Systemy informatyczne
Combining in one company the competences of telecommunications operator and experienced ICT system integrator was huge competitive advantage for many years. For some time revenue and profit from ICT system integration activities were significantly larger than from telecommunications services. However when it became more balanced, each of the activities started to need individual approaches which take into account their different characteristics. Therefore the Management Board of ATM S.A. decided to start the process of spinning off the ICT system integration part of the company, starting with the second quarter of 2009. The new company took the name of ATM Systemy Informatyczne (ATM SI).
The adopted solution provided both activities transparent organizational structure, allowed the optimization of management processes, raising operational efficiency, and also made it possible to reduce costs, both within the telecommunications services division, which stayed within the ATM S.A., as well as in the ATM Systemy Informatyczne company, which fully acquired the competence of ICT integrator.
Another goal of the ATM SI spin off was also to improve the integrator cooperation with trading partners, including telecommunications operators who earlier saw the telecommunications part of ATM S.A. business as competitive.
New model of operation
In May 2012, the ATM S.A. spin-off was completed through division of telecommunications activities (continued by ATM S.A.) and ICT system integration activities (continued by Atende S.A.).
In November 2013, on the other hand, ATM disposed of its mPay S.A. shares — the last subsidiary of the former capital group involved in ICT activities. Thus ATM S.A. exited the market of mobile payment services.
As a consequence of the carried out changes, since the end of 2013 the Company has pursued homogeneous activities consisting in providing data center services (in its own server rooms) together with data transmission services (based on its own fiber-optic networks).