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March 30, 2010

Synchronica to acquire Colibria’s IMPS Instant Messaging business

Expects to enlarge its footprint in emerging markets

By CBR Staff Writer

Synchronica, a provider of mobile messaging services, has signed an agreement to acquire Colibria’s IMPS Instant Messaging business, reseller agreements and existing worldwide mobile operator customer base. The acquisition is expected to enlarge its footprint in emerging markets by adding customer contracts in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Russia/CIS.

Synchronica said it will continue to develop, market and support Colibria’s open standards-based IM technology as a stand-alone product and will use the acquisition as a springboard for cross-selling and up-selling opportunities.

The software will also be integrated into Mobile Gateway messaging suite and will be pre-installed on the recently launched MessagePhone, a messaging-centric handset powered by Mobile Gateway, the company said.

According to Synchronica, the acquisition includes transfer of 13 carrier contracts, including two large carrier groups; 46 Colibria employees; transfer of two reseller agreements; and Colibria’s Instant Messaging and Presence Service (IMPS), Windows Live Messenger Gateway, Social Network Gateway and dedicated App Centre.

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Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Synchronica, said: Our acquisition of Colibria’s IM business will allow Synchronica to offer a comprehensive range of next-generation messaging products to service providers, improving our competitive positioning and accelerating our commercial growth. The transfer of 46 Colibria employees provides an assurance to Colibria’s customers of a seamless transition and continuous support.

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