Universal Music Selects New Visto-powered Service to Help Mobile Professionals Stay Connected and Increase Productivity
Tokyo, Japan, August 8th, 2007 – Visto Corporation and PTS Consulting Japan, today announced a partnership agreement to deliver Visto Mobile™ to capture the growing opportunity for delivering push-based mobile email to large and medium-sized Japanese companies.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Visto to offer a corporate wireless email solution that meets the unique needs of the Japanese market,” said Kenshou Kojima, Chairman of PTS Consulting Japan. “We are confident that the Visto Mobile service will provide a strategic solution to our clients that is both secure and affordable.”
This agreement makes PTS the first major partner to offer a flat-rate, network neutral push email service that is available across a wide breadth of device choices and meets the demands of enterprises in Japan. The first customer of this strategic partnership, Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company, has selected the Visto-powered service to deliver increased productivity and maximize efficiencies to all of its mobile workers across Japan.
“After evaluating other large providers, we chose Visto Mobile and PTS Consulting because they had the only solution that offers a Japanese localized push-based mobile email service that was available across a wide range of device choices,” said Nobuko Suzuki, vice chairman and CFO for Universal Music Japan. “We have already begun to see productivity improvements and look forward to further success with a proven solution that offers the scalability and security required for large enterprises.”
PTS will work closely with other Visto partners such as SOFTBANK MOBILE, HTC and Nokia to further accelerate the adoption of push mobile email with a competitive wireless voice and data access plan.
“We are very pleased to further strengthen and expand our existing strategic relationship with Visto by welcoming PTS as our solution partner for wireless push email services,” said Yoshinari Shiraishi, General Manager, Business Marketing Department, Enterprise Business Division, SOFTBANK MOBILE. “We fully expect that Visto Mobile in combination with PTS’ support from initial consultation to post-deployment maintenance, will facilitate the rapid adoption of the enterprise-ready ‘X series’ mobile devices into Japanese corporations. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with both Visto and PTS to deliver real business solutions to our mutual customers.”
“We are delighted to have entered into a new partnership ecosystem in one of the largest mobile communities in the world with distinguished service providers such as PTS, Nokia, HTC and SOFTBANK MOBILE,” said Brian Bogosian, chairman, president and CEO of Visto. “With a push mobile email service that is uniquely available on the widest variety of smartphones in the Japanese language, Visto is committed to meeting the needs of large global enterprises like Universal Music.”
Visto Mobile Overview
The Visto Mobile services will be initially available on SoftBank X01NK, SoftBank X01HT and SoftBank 705NK as well as NTT DoCoMo htcZ and the NOKIA E61 on both SoftBank 3G network and NTT DoCoMo FOMA, with plans to support SoftBank X02HT, SoftBank X01T, HTC X7501 and HTC P3600 handsets. Visto Mobile also offers advanced features and functionality including:
o Easy Setup™, an award-wining (“Global Messaging 07”) capability that automates and greatly simplifies the installation, provisioning and deployment of mobile email
o Multiple inbox capabilities for mobile access to both enterprise and personal email
o Corporate directory search
o Connection scheduler giving customers enhanced control over their mobile email usage
o Complete Japanese language support
o World-class security features include end-to-end encryption, using FIPS-accredited algorithms and device security features such as remote device wipe, secure password reset and periodic password challenge
o Windows Mobile® 6.0 support
Pricing & Availability
The Visto Mobile service is available immediately through PTS to all enterprise customers. The Visto Mobile service will be offered for 4,000 JPY per month excluding the cost of the wireless data access plan. In addition, either a 400,000 JPY (MS Exchange) or a 500,000 JPY (IBM Lotus Domino) one-time server setup fee will apply.
Visto Partner Quotes
"Since the introduction of the Nokia E61 to the Japanese market last year, it has become a popular business device based on its rich capabilities and features. The Nokia E61 is a SIM lock free device, therefore companies using multiple operator's (U)SIM cards can easily setup a connection with the Nokia E61," said Masanari Arai, country general manager, Nokia Japan Enterprise Solutions. "By collaborating and tightly integrating with Visto's push email service, we are able to offer business users a simplified user experience across a wide variety of Nokia handsets – key ingredients for encouraging adoption across a broad range of business users."
“Mobile users today are increasingly looking for sophisticated devices such as the hTc Z and SoftBank X01HT where style, communication and productivity are key to market success,” said Jennifer Chang, country manager of HTC Nippon. “The sleek and elegant design of the HTC handset range, combined with a feature-rich and easy-to-use mobile email service powered by Visto, provides mobile users with the functionality that meets all their business needs while satisfying their personal preferences."
Established in 1995 (Headquartered in London, UK, since 1983), PTS Consulting is globally recognized as one of the market leaders in Management Consultancy, Infrastructure Services and Managed Services: our team of highly skilled, technically innovative and dedicated consultants work with customers to enhance their business. With a wealth of innovative service offerings, PTS Consulting Japan provides end-to- end corporate solutions encompassing every stage of the business life cycle.
Visto delivers the leading global platform for mobile operators to provide easy-to-use mobile email to the broadest set of devices. Visto’s open solution enables email for the mass market, targeting enterprises, small businesses mobile professionals and consumers. The company’s patented Visto Mobile™ platform with ConstantSync™ technology works in real time with POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino email solutions for personal to business use, providing maximum control and flexibility for the operator and choice for the customer. Visto’s customized, brandable solutions are available through mobile operators worldwide including Elisa, Rogers Wireless, Qtel, SmarTone, SFR, Softbank Mobile, Sprint-NEXTEL, TELUS, Turkcell and the Vodafone Group.
Established in 1996 and headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, with offices in Seattle, Toronto, London, Milan, Paris, Madrid, Munich, Tokyo, and Tianjin, China, Visto is backed by Oak Investment Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Altitude Capital Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, DFJ ePlanet Ventures, DFJ Growth Fund, Rustic Canyon Ventures, GKM Newport, Stanford Accelerator and Blueprint Ventures. For more information, visit www.visto.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
©Copyright 2007. Visto Corporation, Visto, the Visto logo, Visto Mobile, ConstantSync, Constant Synchronization and worklife.freedom are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Visto Corporation. All third-party trademarks, trade names, or service marks are the property of their respective owners and are used only to refer to the goods or services identified by those third-party marks. Visto's technology is protected by U.S. Patents 7,228,383; 7,225,231; 7,039,679; 6,085,192; 5,968,131; 6,023,708; 5,961,590; 6,131,116; 6,151,606; 6,233,341; 6,131,096, 6,708,221 and 6,766,454 and various other foreign patents. Other patents pending.