Tue, 03/23/2010

2010 Press Releases

Syniverse and RealNetworks Sign Long-Term Alliance

Messaging platform will support Syniverse's global SMS offerings

TAMPA, Fla., and SEATTLE – March 24, 2010 – Syniverse Technologies (NYSE:SVR) and RealNetworks®, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK) have entered into a nine-year alliance to use Real's intercarrier short message service (SMS) platform as the power behind Syniverse's peer-to-peer (P2P) messaging interoperability solutions. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The extension of the relationship between the two companies means Real, which today provides the technology foundation underlying Syniverse's intercarrier SMS solution in the Americas, also will supply the same platform for Syniverse's global SMS Interworking Gateway, SMS Open Connectivity and SMS-IP solutions.

Charles Landry, Executive Vice President, Messaging, Syniverse, said this strategic alliance combines Syniverse's understanding of the mobile messaging ecosystem, global footprint, and network and messaging expertise with the superb development capabilities of Real.

"Subscribers around the world expect one thing from mobile messaging: That it works," Landry said. "Real, with its proven reliability, is an excellent fit with our ongoing commitment to excellence in our own platforms. Implementing their technology across all our global SMS solutions means operators everywhere will have access to the same industry-leading messaging solutions our customers have come to expect from Syniverse and will have the ability to give their subscribers a superior, consistent messaging experience anytime, anywhere."

Under the agreement, Real supplies core message processing software and services while Syniverse implements, manages and maintains the SMS interoperability offerings that include a robust set of next-generation reporting tools.

Vern Poyner, Senior Vice President, Technology Products and Solutions, RealNetworks, said he is looking forward to the opportunity to expand the benefits of Real's proven, scalable messaging platform to even more operators around the globe.

"SMS volumes are exploding worldwide as more mobile device users than ever before choose SMS as their preferred mode of mobile communication," Poyner said. "We understand, like Syniverse, that stability and reliability are essential elements of any messaging solution. With zero downtime during the past four years, the Real platform has earned an industry reputation as the premier provider of SMS technology. We are pleased to be working with Syniverse to raise the standard of mobile messaging across the world."

For More Information

Diane Rose
Syniverse Corporate Communications
+1 813.637.5077

Sally Julien
RealNetworks Corporate Communications
+1 206.399.1419

About Syniverse

Syniverse Technologies (NYSE:SVR) makes mobile work for more than 800 mobile operators, cable and Internet providers, and enterprises in over 160 countries. With unmatched expertise and more than 20 years simplifying the complexities of roaming, messaging and networking, Syniverse serves as the force at the center of mobile communications universe, keeping people connected today and forging new connections for tomorrow. Nobody knows mobile like Syniverse. For more information, visit www.syniverse.com, follow Syniverse on Twitter or find Syniverse on Facebook.

About RealNetworks

RealNetworks, Inc. delivers digital entertainment services to consumers via PC, portable music player, home entertainment system or mobile phone. Real created the streaming media category in 1995 and has continued to lead the market with pioneering products and services, including:  RealPlayer®, the first mainstream media application to enable the downloading and transfer of online video to mobile devices; the Rhapsody® digital music service, which delivers a catalog of more than 8 million songs to users at home, work and on-the-go; GameHouse.com, one of the premier casual games destinations on the Web; and a variety of mobile entertainment services, such as ringback tones, offered to consumers through leading mobile operators around the world. RealNetworks' corporate information is located at www.realnetworks.com/about-us.