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EC-Gate Adds Wireless to Vertical Marketplaces

Dutch ASP EC-Gate has teamed with telecoms equipment manufacturer Ericsson and telecoms carrier Telfort to add wireless capability to its hosted vertical marketplace solution.

In what it described as the first global launch of a wireless ASP, EC-Gate made the announcement simultaneously today at conferences in Holland, Brazil and Canada.

The first live implementation of the technology is for EC-Bouw, a vertical trading marketplace for the Dutch construction industry, which EC-Gate launched in 1998 and which it now operates as a proof-of-concept for its capabilities. The ASP has subsequently built and hosted vertical portals for customers in Canada, the UK and Europe for customers in a variety of industries.

The addition of wireless capability, which will enable participants to look up information and place or receive orders from mobile phones and appliances while on the road, comes as a result of development work with Swedish telecoms equipment giant Ericsson and wireless communications provider Telfort, a joint venture between British Telecom and the Netherlands Railways (NS).

"We are able to establish a whole new level of interaction within the B2B markets," said Sebastian Kuntz, CEO of EC-Gate. "EC-Gate offers businesses a wide array of services ranging from online trading communities to advanced back-office solutions, allowing all participants to transact business via fixed or mobile devices, regardless of company size or in-house technology."

The triple announcement was made at the Bouw-RAI exhibition in Amsterdam, the Americas Telecom conference in Rio de Janeiro, and the ITAC Procurement conference in Ottawa.

EC-Gate recently announced receiving a $10.5m investment led by European venture capital company 3i group, with participation by Dutch, Japanese and North American VC firms and individuals. (See ASPnews.com story, Europe invests in ASPs, Mar 31st).

Read analysis of EC-Gate's business model in the April ASP News Review newsletter