Sify and Synchronica to Offer Hosted Mobile Email and Synchronization to Businesses and Consumers in India
Royal Tunbridge Wells, January 14, 2009. - Synchronica plc (AIM: SYNC.LN), the international provider of mobile email and synchronization solutions, today announced an agreement with Sify Technologies Limited (Nasdaq National Market: SIFY), a leader in consumer internet and enterprise data telecom services in India, the second largest mobile market in the world. Sify will offer a hosted mobile email and synchronization service based on Synchronica Mobile Gateway to enterprises and consumers throughout the Indian subcontinent.
India is growing rapidly in both mobile phone penetration and internet usage, making it an ideal market for a mobile-email-for-all solution. India’s twelve wireless operators signed up a record 10.16 million new subscribers in March 2008, bringing the total customer base to 261.09 million and making India the second largest wireless market in the world, overtaking the USA with its 258 million subscribers (Unstrung, April 2008). India is also now the third largest country in Asia when measured by the number of internet users, with 60 million users according to Internet World Stats (December 2007).
Sify has chosen Synchronica’s Mobile Gateway because it works on the vast majority of devices in use today and consequently has a much larger addressable market than other mobile email solutions which require users to upgrade to expensive high-end smartphones. Unlike other products, Mobile Gateway does not require additional software to be installed on the handset, making it particularly well-suited for businesses, consumers, and prosumers in emerging markets.
Sify operates more than 2000 e-port brand franchized cyber cafes in 200 cities across the Indian subcontinent and provides enterprise solutions to over 2000 enterprise customers over a tier one backbone network reaching 500 cities.
Commenting on the agreement, P. J. Nath, Executive President, Sify Enterprise Services, says: “We’re excited about offering businesses and consumers in the Indian subcontinent a hosted mobile email and synchronization service based on Synchronica’s ground-breaking technology. Synchronica’s solution is ideal because it works on mass market phones, a prerequisite in India where smartphone penetration is very low.”
Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Synchronica, adds: “The agreement is a key contract win in India and corroborates our decision to focus on emerging markets. We believe we have a winning combination for service providers in these regions because our scalable, secure software works on mass market handsets and is ideal for both business users and consumers.”
Sify is among the largest managed enterprise and consumer internet services companies in India, offering end-to-end solutions with a comprehensive range of products delivered over a common telecom data network infrastructure reaching 500+ cities and towns in India.
A significant part of the company’s revenue is derived from corporate services which include corporate connectivity, network and communications solutions, security, network management services, enterprise applications, and hosting. Sify is recognized as an ISO 9001:2000 certified service provider for network operations, data center operations, and customer support, and for provisioning of VPNs, internet bandwidth, VoIP solutions, and integrated security solutions, and ISO 27001 certified for internet data center operations. Sify has licenses to operate national long distance (NLD) and international long distance (ILD) services and offers VoIP backhaul to long distance subscriber telephony services. The company is India’s first enterprise managed services provider to launch a security operations center (SOC) to deliver managed security services. A host of blue chip customers use Sify’s corporate service offerings.
Consumer services include broadband home access, dial-up connectivity and the e-port cyber cafe chain across 180 cities and towns. Sify.com, the consumer portal of Sify, has sub-portals like Samachar.com, Walletwatch.com, Sifymax.com, Chennailive.in, Bangalorelive.in, Mumbailive.in, Hyderabadlive.in with city-based live video on the web. The content is available in five Indian languages which include Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and Tamil. For more information about Sify, visit http://www.sifycorp.com
About Mobile Gateway
Synchronica’s Mobile Gateway provides carrier-grade push email and synchronization services for virtually all mass market feature phones and smartphones being used by subscribers today. It is based on the dominant open industry standards Push IMAP (LEMONADE) for mobile email and SyncML (OMA DS) for contact and calendar synchronization and works with the built-in email and synchronization clients found in more than 1.5 billion phones. Serving consumers and prosumers, Mobile Gateway includes back-end support for POP3 and IMAP mailboxes, connecting to popular services, such as AOL or Gmail. For business users, it provides a zero footprint architecture where users simply register their devices and instantly start to receive corporate email on their phone without requiring additional connectors behind the firewall. Business mailboxes supported include Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, and Sun Java System Communications Suite.
Synchronica plc develops and markets mobile email and synchronization solutions for mobile operators and device manufacturers. Products include the award-winning push email and synchronization solution Mobile Gateway and the device backup solution Mobile Backup. Based on industry standards, Synchronica can reach the built-in email and synchronization clients of more than 1.5 billion mobile devices on the market today. Service providers in emerging and developed markets use Synchronica products to offer mobile email, PIM synchronization, and backup and restore services to consumer and business subscribers.
Future versions of Synchronica Mobile Gateway will offer a comprehensive multi-protocol mobile email solution by introducing email-to-SMS and email-to-MMS, as well as WAP and XHTML Gateways. Document transcoding will further add the ability to display a large variety of attachments, such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint on standard feature phones.
Headquartered in England, Synchronica has a development center in Germany and presences in the USA, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Synchronica plc is a public company traded on the AIM list of the London Stock Exchange (SYNC.LN). More information is available at http://www.synchronica.com
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