Yemeni Carrier Becomes Synchronica's 70th Mobile Operator Customer

Highlights:

  • Initial purchase order from a Yemeni mobile operator for launch of Mobile Gateway in this fast-growing MEA country.
  • Order secured in through Nokia Siemens Networks - Synchronica's global reseller partner.
  • 34th customer for Synchronica in the MEA region, expanding the total number of operator customers for Synchronica messaging products to 70.

ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS, UK, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - Synchronica plc ("Synchronica" or "the Company") (AIM:SYNC;  TSX VENTURE:SYN) the international provider of next-generation mobile messaging services, has in partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks, secured a contract and initial purchase order from a Yemeni mobile operator for Synchronica's award winning mobile messaging product, Mobile Gateway.

This is Synchronica's 70th mobile operator customer. The operator plans to use Mobile Gateway to offer a mass-market push email service to their subscribers. As ownership of basic handsets continues to dominate the Yemeni mobile market, Mobile Gateway's email-to-SMS and email-to-MMS functionality will provide mobile messaging services to any mobile phone in use today, while mid-range Feature Phones and High-End Smartphones will be supported with industry-standard push Email and synchronization services. Synchronica will also provide the operator with professional services and support.

Synchronica believes that in emerging markets where consumers are mostly reliant on internet cafes, the mobile phone is becoming the preferred avenue to accessing digital content. According to a recent study from the Arab Advisors Group, mobile penetration in Yemen had soared to 41.29% at the end of Q1 2010, courtesy of subscription increases between 2005 and 2009 at a CAGR of 40.26%. This contrasts strongly with data from the ITU, which suggests that only 1.6% of Yemen's population, have access to the Internet.

Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Synchronica, said: "Mobile messaging is increasingly being seen to be a must-have for professionals, consumers and youngsters alike; enabling operators in high-growth emerging markets to differentiate their offerings with innovative Value Added Services. With Mobile Gateway, users can connect to their favourite internet communities regardless of the type of mobile phone they own, while operators reap from the churn-reducing stickiness of a product which customers would lose should they ever defect to a rival. We're pleased to have reached the milestone of 70 operator customers as we continue to expand our market share in emerging markets."

About Synchronica
Synchronica plc is a leading developer of next-generation mobile messaging solutions based on open industry standards. The award-winning product portfolio includes the flagship product Mobile Gateway, providing push email, synchronization, instant messaging, backup & restore and mobile connectivity to social networks. Synchronica's products are white-labelled and offered by mobile operators in emerging and developed markets to provide mass-market messaging services, increasing data revenues and reducing churn.

Synchronica's Mobile Gateway provides a unique multi-protocol gateway combining Push IMAP, SyncML, ActiveSync, Email-to-MMS and Email-to-SMS, delivering push email and synchronization to literally any mobile phone currently in the market without requiring an additional client to be downloaded. Expanding Instant Messaging to mobile devices, Mobile Gateway establishes carrier-branded IM communities using the industry-standard XMPP and provides gateways to popular Internet IM communities connecting any IMPS enabled handset.

Headquartered in England, Synchronica also maintains development centres in Germany and the Philippines, in addition to a regional presence in Canada, the USA, Hong Kong, Spain, and Dubai. Synchronica plc is a public company which is traded on the AIM list of the London Stock Exchange (SYNC.L), and the Venture Exchange of the Toronto Stock Exchange (SYN.V). For further information, please visit www.synchronica.com

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The foregoing information may contain forward-looking statements relating to the future performance of Synchronica plc. Forward-looking statements, specifically those concerning future performance or results, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from Synchronica's plans and expectations. These plans, expectations, risks and uncertainties are detailed herein and from time to time in the public filings and announcements made by Synchronica, including those made with AIM, a market of the London Stock Exchange, with the TSX Venture Exchange or with securities regulators.  Synchronica does not assume any obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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SOURCE Synchronica plc

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Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO

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