Midsized companies are the target of a new bundled IT and communication service program announced Monday by Hewlett-Packard Co. and Alcatel SA.

The two companies have joined forces to extend HP’s Smart Office program, which offers small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) a one-stop service for their entire computing needs, to include telecommunication equipment and services, company executives said at a news conference at the Telecom World 2003 conference and exhibition in Geneva. The event is being organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations (UN).

Under the new program, called Ready Office, Alcatel and HP will partner with telecommunication service providers worldwide to provide voice, data and multimedia services. In Geneva, the partners announced a first telco agreement with France T