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Sify, Synchronica to offer hosted mobile email, synchronisation to India

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 12 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 US with its 258 million subscribers. India is also now the third largest country in Asia when measured by the number of Internet users, with 60 million users.

Synchronica plc, which provides mobile email and synchronisation solutions, has signed an agreement with Sify Technologies, which is heavily involved in consumer Internet and Enterprise Data Telecom services in India. Sify will offer a hosted mobile email and synchronisation service based on Synchronica Mobile Gateway to enterprises and consumers throughout the Indian sub-continent.

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 those 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 2,000 ‘ePort' brand franchised cyber cafes in 200 cities across the Indian sub-continent, and provides enterprise solutions to over 2,000 enterprise customers over a tier-one backbone network reaching 500 cities.

Commenting on the agreement, P J Nath, Executive President, Sify Enterprise Services, said: "We're excited about offering businesses and consumers in the Indian sub-continent a hosted mobile email and synchronisation 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."

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