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Commtouch Heads For International Markets

[London, ENGLAND] E-mail outsourcing specialist Commtouch announced Friday a major thrust into international markets with deals in Spain, the Netherlands and Australia.

In Spain, Commtouch has signed an agreement with daily newspaper ABC.es for e-mail and WAP-enabled wireless messaging solutions.

In the Netherlands it has signed up publishing house PCM which owns four of Holland's five largest newspapers. PCM company Algemeen Dagblad will now offer its visitors e-mail accounts provided by Commtouch, and the other PCM companies will follow shortly.

In Australia the deal is with publishing group John Fairfax Holdings Limited, for which Commtouch will provide e-mail services on news sites Sydney Today and Melbourne Today.

"These media companies are some of the most forward thinking companies in their respective countries," said Commtouch President Isabel Maxwell, noting that they all recognize world-class e-mail is a great way to build brand loyalty.

Fernando Sanz, general director, ABC.es, commented that the Commtouch messaging solution was the most scalable on the market, and was ideal for ABC.es readers.

Commtouch has built a highly successful operation by offering outsourced Web-based e-mail services. Among its clients are USA Today which gets 25 million monthly visitors, BusinessWeek Online, Knight Ridder, Discovery Online, and Nando Media.

Outside the United States, Commtouch provides services to ZDNet in Europe and Australia, and to India Times.com with its 200,000 visitors a day.

Analysts at IDC estimate that the number of e-mail boxes worldwide will grow from 350 million today to more than 530 million by the end of 2002. Commtouch says the international market is "just starting to blossom."