California-based Intellisync Corporation, a leading developer and marketer of wireless email and mobile software, today announced that it has been selected as the mobility platform for Vivo, the largest operator of mobile telephony in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the largest CDMA carriers in the world.
Vivo, part of the Portugal Telecom and Telefonica Moviles groups, will license Intellisync mobile software to deliver push-based wireless email and data synchronization capabilities across a wide range of mobile device types to its more than 27 million customers in Brazil.
Vivo is ranked as No. 10 in worldwide rankings of the largest global mobile carriers by RCR Wireless News with an estimated market share of 45% in Brazil.
The company is present today in 19 Brazilian States plus the Federal District, corresponding to 86% of the Brazilian territory encompassing 83% of the country’s GNP.
The technological option of the company is CDMA, the basis for the third generation of mobile telephony, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
Vivo Smartmail will allow users to wirelessly access personal and enterprise emails based on Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange, POP3 or IMAP servers.
The Intellisync technology allows continuous bidirectional synchronization, ensuring that any change in a user’s handheld device (including contacts, email, calendar items and tasks) is automatically synchronized with the data on the user’s personal computer.
“We believe that Smartmail is a superior solution to some of the other competing solutions; it is more complete and is not tied to a specific terminal device,” said Roger Sole, Vivo’s director of business-oriented data solutions.
The solution will initially be released with the following PDAs offered by the operator – the Harrier by Audiovox (Microsoft OS) and the Palm Treo 600 – both devices offer a qwerty keyboard.
“One of the advantages is that corporate users can integrate additional applications within the same device,” added Mr. Sole.
According to Mr. Sole, the initial target market will be large corporations. “After that, we will lead to offer the solution to SME’s (small and medium size enterprises) and close to the end of the year we will target the independent professionals,” he said.
“Intellisync is the wireless email provider of choice for the world’s largest and most demanding mobile carriers, and we are thrilled to be selected as the primary wireless email provider for the largest mobile carrier in South America,” said Clyde Foster, Intellisync’s chief operating officer.
“The agreement with Vivo represents a large win for Intellisync and its expanding global presence. Our comprehensive mobility platform and, ubiquitous device and application support make Intellisync an ideal partner for driving activations and revenue opportunities for Vivo.”
Recent agreements with mobile carriers worldwide such as Vivo, Sprint and Verizon Wireless have increased Intellisync’s available market for wireless messaging solutions.
Within the mobile carrier marketplace, Intellisync is becoming known for having experience in delivering large deployments of wireless email over the industry’s widest array of mobile devices and application platforms.
The company is also being cited for its presence and expertise in both the mobile carrier and enterprise markets, which is necessary to meet the needs of multiple customer segments that the larger carriers serve, such as small-to-mid-sized businesses and large corporations.
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Developed as a single, manageable platform for both mobile carriers and enterprises, the Intellisync Carrier Platform provides network-based push email, synchronization of data and files, and integrated device management – all “over-the-air.”
Intellisync’s carrier-grade, push technology platform with broad patent protection, provides multiple deployment models for virtually any mobile device. This allows mobile carriers to address every segment of the market, from large enterprises to medium-sized businesses as well as individual consumers.
In the past year alone, Intellisync has received Windows & .NET Magazine’s “Best of TechEd 2004” Award as the top solution in the “Mobile PCs and Devices” category; Network Computing magazine’s 2004 Well-Connected Award as “Best Mobile Wireless Email System”; and the MobileTrax Mobility Award as the best Mobile Enterprise Software.
Intellisync recently beat out Research In Motion (RIM) to receive the highest overall grade awarded in Network Computing’s 2005 annual review of leading mobile messaging gateway vendors.
Intellisync Corporation – www.intellisync.com
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