European alliance to cope with explosive growth in unified messaging

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Vivao, a European internet and wireless messaging ASP, and iPlanet e-Commerce Solutions, have announced an alliance that will help the rapid delivery of innovative messaging and calendar services. The strategic relationship allows both companies to provide internet and wireless devices with much of the functionality of a standard personal digital assistant.

iPlanet will be able to offer Vivao’s messaging solutions to its own customer base across Europe.

The Vivao Calendar service will support users in eleven countries across Europe. Features include remote access to personal schedules, reminder notification of important events, pager and voice-based services, built-in ‘to do’ lists and the ability to import events from TV, sports, business and finance services.

Vivao intends to offer its current customers, including companies such as Jungle, IC24 and Interactive Investor, the new iPlanet platform. This will give them the option of adding next-generation messaging to their existing branded services without disruption for their users.

Under the terms of the agreement, Vivao has licensed the communications services solution from iPlanet, a core layer in its Internet Services Deployment Platform. The products that are included are iPlanet Messaging Server, Calendar Server, Application Server, Wireless Server and Directory Server.

Allen Scott, business development director at Vivao, commented: “Vivao aims to partner with the best companies in the industry and iPlanet is a prime example of this strategy. We are excited about the prospect of joint sales and marketing work with iPlanet, which will be of great benefit to both companies.”

Guy Norgrove, director of sales for Northern Europe, for iPlanet, said: “The Vivao agreement is a demonstration of the explosive growth we are seeing across Europe in the unified messaging marketplace. We are excited to be working with Vivao and look forward to a relationship of mutual success.”

iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions, a Sun-Netscape Alliance, was established in March 1999 by America Online and Sun Microsystems. The iPlanet Internet Service Deployment Platform is a software environment designed to enable rapid assembly and deployment of scalable internet services. Based on best-of-breed, open and proven technologies, the platform includes messaging, directory, web and application servers.

Vivao plc, based in Maidenhead, England, is a supplier of hosted, message management solutions to ISPs, portals and telecommunications carriers.

Vivao Messaging is the first of Vivao’s internet applications to be distributed in European marketplace. It allows users to unify email, voice mail, fax and communication tools into one, web-based messaging service with its own telephone number so that all communications are accessible via both the internet and the phone.

Marketed as a business-to-business proposition, Vivao Messaging offers a managed platform and a privately-branded product to channel partners. The service is offered in multiple packages, starting from a subscription-free basic service, to varying payment levels to address users requirements.

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