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 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,, commented that the
Commtouch messaging solution was the most scalable on the market,
and was ideal for 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 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.”

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