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1 Apr 2008
Mirapoint and Wharf T&T eBusiness Form Strategic Alliance to Expand Secure Messaging Solution Offerings in Asia Pacific
Companies Team to Deliver Joint Solutions to Meet Emerging Messaging Needs of the Region while Bringing Improved Service and Support to Existing Mirapoint Customer

Mirapoint Software, the secure messaging experts, and Wharf T&T eBusiness Limited (WeB), an IT services subsidiary of Wharf T&T Limited, today announced a strategic relationship to support growing requirements for secure messaging solutions in the Asia Pacific region including the China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand markets. Growing demand for secure messaging solutions in the Asia Pacific region is a key driver for the strategic alliance. Through the agreement Mirapoint is able to leverage Wharf T&T and its IT subsidiary’s extensive infrastructure and highly reputable market presence to scale along with increasing demand, while WeB is able to reach new customers and increase value for existing customers through new secure messaging offerings and a low total cost of ownership.

“Our presence in Asia Pacific is very established and we continue to see tremendous growth in the region,” said Jeffrey Witous, CEO, Mirapoint Software. “Wharf T&T's network infrastructure, proven information technology, IT development and integration capability, customer support expertise, and strong connections with other ISP’s in the region strengthen Mirapoint's worldwide distribution reach and position us for scalable growth in Asia Pacific and beyond.”

The two partners will collaborate on technology development including localization, double-byte support, and other region-specific messaging and messaging security capabilities. As organizations adopt a messaging strategy, flexibility, scalability, reliability, and security top the list of priorities. The Mirapoint and Wharf T&T alliance will enable the companies to more accurately address the region's evolving requirements for secure messaging.

“Enterprises are concerned with the reliability and security issues on their networks and most notably on their messaging networks," said William Kwan, Director and General Manager of WeB. “It is not only the incoming threats of spam, viruses and hacker attacks that pose problems, but the emerging regulatory and policy-enforcement requirements that increasingly impact their incoming and outgoing traffic. WeB is pleased to team with Mirapoint, to deliver scalable and reliable messaging solutions to the Asia Pacific market.

“We are impressed by Mirapoint's pioneering approach to provide unique secure e-mail solutions to customers. Mirapoint's innovative and comprehensive secure messaging appliance pre-integrates, certifies and ensures compatibility of hardware, software and services; resulting in one of the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) metrics in the industry,” added William Kwan. “The Mirapoint e-mail solution also features integrated, multi-layered virus and spam filters to offer the industry's best protection against security threats. The leading edge MailHurdle TM technology, RAPID Anti-Spam Technology, Global Detection Center and the use of “e-mail DNA” technologies to classify real spam work seamlessly together to achieve a catch rate in excess of 98% with minimal ‘false positives’.”

As part of the alliance, Mirapoint and WeB will also team to deliver greater value to existing customers, through joint service and support. “We have world-class technology and product development expertise, which is now well-complemented by local deployment, service and support for the growing markets in Asia”, said Jeffrey Witous, CEO, Mirapoint Software Inc. “Mirapoint customers in the Asia Pacific region will enjoy access to Wharf T&T's extensive local and regional infrastructure and excellent customer support team.”

Secure Messaging Infrastructure for Enterprises

Mirapoint email server, archiving and security appliances offer carrier-class, 99.999 percent uptime reliability and the industry's lowest TCO. Mirapoint's Message Server is the only dedicated appliance that integrates email routing, storage, access and management. Mirapoint's RazorGate email security appliances provide multi-layered protection at the network edge to block hackers, spam, and virus threats, with spam and virus catch-rates upwards of 98 percent. Mirapoint's Messaging Reporter delivers a holistic view of spam, virus, and email trends across the messaging network. The Mirapoint Directory Server serves as the backbone to the messaging infrastructure providing a foundation for storing and managing message routing information, user profiles, and access privileges. Combined, Mirapoint appliances deliver a secure messaging infrastructure to enterprises worldwide.

About Mirapoint Software

Founded in 1997, Mirapoint is the market leader in appliance-based solutions for secure message networks in enterprise, service provider, and education organizations, with more than 120 million mailboxes served and secured worldwide. Customers use Mirapoint appliances to build the messaging infrastructure that intelligently serves, secures and manages email. Mirapoint is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information on Mirapoint, visit its Web site at www.mirapoint.com.

About WeB

Wharf T&T eBusiness Limited (WeB), an IT services subsidiary of Wharf T&T Limited, specialises in the provision of broadband enabling applications and web-based application services. These services, developed by its IT specialists and experienced marketing practitioners, are primarily catered for the SME segment.

WeB believes that the adoption of e-marketing skills and technology is vital for SMEs to compete in this global economy. Its vision is to provide SMEs with low-cost and powerful e-marketing services and educate them utilizing this highly effective tool and enabling technology.

WeB promotes two e-marketing practice standards in the industry, namely, the minimum standard prescribed by the HKSAR Government and the best practice led by the industry. WeB is active in developing services to support these two standards.

To support the minimum standard, WeB launched the Public Unsubscribe Facility (www.unsubscribe.com.hk) to help implement the unsubscribe requirements of the UEM Ordinance in September 2007. For the best e-marketing practice, WeB launched the first of its kind game based e-marketing learning platform in May and unveiled its flagship email marketing service - WeB-eM in August 2007.

Going forward, WeB-123.com will continue to provide new services and know-how that help foster the adoption of e-marketing by SMEs.

For more information, please visit www.WeB-123.com

About Wharf T&T

Established in 1995, Wharf T&T has been the second largest fixed line operator investing over HK$5 billion in its own telecommunications network infrastructure. Having achieved an approximately 18% market share in the business sector, Wharf T&T specializes in enabling its customers’ businesses through quality ICT products and services.

Wharf T&T possesses the best-of-breed metro IP network enabling a full range of voice, data networking, Internet access and video services to address the dynamic demand of business customers. Riding on the sophisticated broadband infrastructure, Wharf T&T eBusiness Limited (WeB), a wholly owned subsidiary established in January 2007, positions itself as a product powerhouse to deliver broadband enabling applications and web-based services for SME customers enhancing their competitiveness through e-marketing adoption.

COL, another wholly owned subsidiary of Wharf T&T with over 30 years experience in the IT sector, possesses unmatched credentials in its data centre and business continuity services. Such value propositions to the corporate and enterprise sectors are further enriched through its well renowned professional service engine and its systems integration capabilities empowered by the gold accreditation from Cisco.

Wharf T&T is a core member of The Wharf Group, one of the largest conglomerates in Hong Kong. The Wharf Group also owns i-CABLE Communications Limited, the leading cable television station and Internet access service provider in Hong Kong.

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For further information about both Wharf T&T and The Wharf Group, please visit Wharf T&T website at www.wharftt.com.