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Visto Corporation, the leading global provider of personal and corporate wireless e-mail and PIM solutions to mobile operators for the broadest set of mobile device platforms, today announced the expansion of its global presence through the opening of a new office in Tokyo, Japan.
This new office demonstrates Visto’s commitment to expand on its initial success in selling its Visto Mobile™ solution through mobile operators globally. Visto Mobile unlocks the market by providing operators with a single common architecture to integrate a range of push-based email/PIM services on a host of different handsets, from simple phones to the most capable smart phones including J2ME phones.
Visto Mobile provides the real-time platform operators want in order to provide a wide range of mobile mail solutions to their subscribers. The platform includes Visto Mobile Personal Edition, providing personal email/PIM to subscribers; and Visto Mobile Enterprise Server, an enterprise class solution for companies using Microsoft Exchange or IBM Lotus Domino servers.
Visto currently sells through 10 wireless operators globally including Nextel and AT&T Wireless in North America and SmarTone in Hong Kong. The Visto Mobile platform supports Unicode and includes Furigana support.
The Japanese market represents a huge untapped market and is critical to Visto’s success in the global wireless operator market,’ said Brian Bogosian, chairman, president and CEO of Visto Corporation. ‘We’ve already committed significant resources to localize our products and tailor them for the Japanese devices and local user preferences. The opening of our Japanese office demonstrates our firm commitment to becoming the leading provider of wireless email and PIM solutions to the Japanese market.’
‘Our decision to open the Japanese office was based on the success we’ve had in North America and Europe and the strong interest we’ve seen from Japanese operators for a push-based real-time email solution that works on any intelligent device,’ said Kumail Tyebjee, VP of Sales, Asia-Pacific and United States. ‘Our new Japanese office will allow us to provide local sales, service, and marketing support for wireless operators.’
Visto’s Japan sales team will be led by Tokyo-based Darren McKellin, who is currently Vice Chairman of the Telecommunications sub-committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and President of the International Computer Association. Prior to joining Visto, Darren was Senior Manager for the Business Solutions Group at Vodafone KK in Japan.
Visto is the leading provider of wireless messaging and collaboration solutions to mobile operators for the broadest set of mobile device platforms and markets. Visto is opening up the mass market for wireless messaging and collaboration by providing a broad and open, carrier-grade, global solution for mobile operators targeting enterprises and mobile professionals, providing mobile operators with a single scalable solution to drive revenue growth and expand margins. The company’s Visto Mobile™ platform works in real time with leading email solutions from personal to enterprise providing maximum control and flexibility for the operator and choice for the customer. Visto’s customized, brandable solutions are available through mobile operators worldwide as a hosted service or a fully licensable and integrated platform, and are used by AT&T Wireless, Bell Mobility, KPN, Manitoba Telecom Services, Nextel Communications, Inc., Rogers Wireless, SaskTel Mobility, SmarTone and TELUS Mobility.
Established in 1996 and headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Visto is backed by Oak Investment Partners, VantagePoint Venture Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Rustic Canyon Ventures, Allegis Capital and Blueprint Ventures. For more information, visit www.visto.com or email email@example.com.
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