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Telemesser Merges with e-go Systems

[June 21] Telecom software supplier Comverse Technology announced Wednesday the merger of its Israeli subsidiary Telemesser with the U.K-based IP messaging company e-go systems plc.

No terms of the deal were disclosed, but it is understood that the new firm, 30 percent owned by Comverse, will trade under the e-go brand.

Although many companies offer IP-based unified messaging, e-go provides the user with full interoperability with other users worldwide, regardless of their ISP or telecoms network operator.

"Through its cutting-edge exploitation of IP technology, e-go systems is well-positioned to benefit from the expected growth in the ASP-based enterprise unified messaging market," said Kobi Alexander, chairman, president and chief executive, of Comverse Technology.

Speaking for e-go, Chief Executive Ian Roberts said the decision by Comverse to take a major stake was a validation of e-go's unique business model and the messaging service concept.

"We have many synergies with the services which Telemesser provides, and the newly merged company will be better placed to exploit our position as leaders in the IP-based unified messaging arena," said Roberts.

Roberts will continue as chief executive, while Atzmon Lifshitz, the former chief of Telemesser will become chief operating officer.

Despite the merger there will be no redundancies, say the two companies. In fact, because of their rapid growth they expect to be hiring more staff in the near future.

Telemesser, a partnership between Comverse and the Israeli media group Yedioth Aharonoth, specializes in telecoms value-added systems and services. They include not only messaging but also interactive voice response (IVR), intelligent call agents, and mobile content management systems.