Redwood City, California – (The Hosting News) – October 17, 2007 – Webhosting company, and subsidiary of United Internet, 1 and 1 Internet, has deployed the integration of a new push email and PIM sync solution, designed for mass market distribution, with open-xchange collaboration software firm, Funambol.
Funambol provides Mobile 2.0 messaging solutions, powered by open source. The solution uses Open-Xchange for collaboration capabilities, including contact and calendar management. 1 and 1 chose Funambol due to its mobile email and PIM feature set for the mass market, source code transparency and low cost that is enabled by open source. By using Funambol software, 1 and 1 expects to differentiate its offerings and mobilize its massive email user base as well as attract new customers for its affordable email services.
Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of Funambol offered, ”1 and 1 is leading the way into a new mobile market in which many more people can receive compelling mobile services such as push email at a fraction of the cost of proprietary alternatives. We are pleased to work with 1 and 1 as this will set a precedent for how service providers can utilize open source to address a major new portion of the market and provide profitable mobile services.”
Andreas Gauger, Chairman of the Board at 1 and 1 noted, ”After thoroughly researching the market for push email services, Funambol proved to offer the solution we were looking for. We believe in the success of Software-as-a-Service and Funambol’s open source-based solution delivers on both our business and customer needs. We look forward to making this mobile service available to our customers soon.”
Gerald Labie, CEO of Open-Xchange observed, ”Business users and consumers want easy-to-use mobile messaging and collaboration capabilities such as Personal Information Management services, on all the devices they use, anywhere, anytime at a reasonable cost. The market potential for mobile SaaS solutions is tremendous. Our three way partnership is a major step forward in meeting this need.”
The 1 and 1 and Funambol push email service, points to a trend in the industry — service providers such as 1 and 1 are choosing open source-based software to provide mobile services. Earlier this year, Funambol announced an agreement with EarthLink and anticipates more will follow. These moves are expected to generate a wide range of new low-cost mobile email and related services for the mass market. Funambol has been leading the evolution of this market with its mobile open source software since 2001. The new 1 and 1 mobility service is expected to launch within a few months.
J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Analyst, Mobile and Wireless, Frost and Sullivan added, ”We project mobile email adoption by consumers to rapidly accelerate over the next few years. This service by 1 and 1 and Funambol is just the first of many similar offerings to come. This deployment of mobile email for millions of users helps legitimize open source as a realistic alternative to proprietary solutions.”
Funambol provides mobile 2.0 messaging solutions that are powered by open sourcem, as a provider of open source push email and PIM synchronization solutions for the mass market. Funambol’s open source software has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times by a global network of 10,000 developers and contributors in more than 200 countries. The commercial version of Funambol’s software has been deployed at service providers, mobile operators, portals, Global 1000 businesses, hardware OEMs/ODMs and ISVs including customers such as 1 and 1, EarthLink and Computer Associates. Funambol is headquartered in Redwood City, California with an R and D center in Italy.
1 and 1 Internet Inc. is a subsidiary of United Internet, a profitable public company with a market cap of $4 billion. 1 and 1 was established in 1992 and hosts more than 8 million domain names, while more than 40,000 servers run on the company’s five data centers. 1 and 1’s global community is over 6.8 million customer contracts strong. The company’s U.S. headquarters is located in Chesterbrook, PA. 1 and 1 features an array of services, from instant domain packages to all-inclusive shared hosting plans, dedicated servers and ready-to-run eShops. 1 and 1 is a Microsoft Joint Development Partner, and works with other paramount companies such as Google, Plesk, Symantec, and HP/Compaq.
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