Mobile e-mail competition gets smaller when with Sever buying Smartner
Posted on 11-Apr-2005 21:30
Filed under: News
Seven has acquired European-based Smartner, one of the few companies providing mobile e-mail solutions. The company now has a customer base consisting of 45 operator customers across 30 countries, with a combined total addressable market of over 360M mobile subscribers. Seven has licensing agreements with the top five handset manufacturers, including Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and Siemens to integrate the company's software onto their devices.
Seven partners with mobile operators and other channel partners to provide a white-label push-based mobile e-mail solution for both individual subscribers and enterprises.
In total over 5000 companies have deployed services provided by Seven and several hundreds of thousands of individuals currently use the personal e-mail services. The company is the only mobile e-mail vendor with a presence in Japan, a huge data market.
The merger will allow Seven to expand its operational footprint and R&D, and bring new products and solutions to market more quickly.
The combined company will operate under SEVEN's brand, with headquarters in Redwood City, CA, USA and regional headquarters in Cambridge, UK; Helsinki, Finland; Singapore; and Tokyo, Japan.
Kent Thexton will continue as CEO and Paul Hedman, Smartner's CEO, will be responsible for EMEA and APAC as Managing Director. Bill Nguyen will assume the title of Founder and Chairman of the Board. Smartner's management team, including all of Smartner's founders, will hold management positions at the new Seven.