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Woyaa! and Critical Path to Offer Free Web Mail to African ISPs
Critical Path Extends its Global Reach with Quality Web-based Email Offerings; Rapidly Emerging Internet Market in Africa Will Have Access to AFROMAIL.NET
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 18, 1998-- Woyaa! Internet Africa, the premier Internet portal and navigational guide dedicated to Africa, and Critical Path, Inc., the leading global provider of outsourced email services to Internet service providers (ISPs) and portals, today announced an agreement to provide free Web-based email to all African ISPs.
This new service, AFROMAIL.NET, includes 90 days of free POP3 email accounts in addition to the free integrated Web-based email available for the life of contracts signed prior to Dec. 31, 1998.
AFROMAIL.NET can be launched immediately by participating ISPs, giving them a quick and cost-effective way to provide their customers with state-of-the-art email services. The Web-based email interface developed by Critical Path is fully customizable, enabling ISPs and their business customers to incorporate and leverage their own brand identities.
AFROMAIL.NET enables ISPs to offer direct customers email addresses at the ISP's domain address, or provide business customers with email services using the company's own domain name. AFROMAIL.NET is compatible with all leading POP3 email interfaces, including Microsoft Outlook and Eudora. Additionally, the Web-based email interface allows end users to check their email anytime, anywhere, from any browser-enabled PC or kiosk.
The Internet market in Africa is emerging rapidly. Woyaa! and Critical Path are uniquely positioned to provide the highest quality email service to a majority of these users through AFROMAIL.NET.
``AFROMAIL.NET gives African ISPs the ability to get their customers up and running quickly, without the costs and time constraints associated with setting up a proprietary email system,'' said Noel Yavo, CEO and co-founder of Woyaa! ``This service gives ISPs a low-cost email solution to deploy now, plus an opportunity to generate revenue later, as customers adopt value-added features, such as unified messaging, certified delivery, and permanent archiving of messages.''
``Email is one of the most crucial elements of an ISP's service offerings,'' said Doug Hickey, chief executive officer of Critical Path, Inc. ``We are working with Woyaa! to assist African ISPs in providing their customers with world-class email services, while enabling them to concentrate on other mission-critical aspects of their business.''
ISPs interested in AFROMAIL.NET's free Web-based email service should email firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 212/504-8349, +33-1-530 12 714, +44-171-691 79 68, or +32-2-706 51 47.
Woyaa! Is a privately owned enterprise founded in 1997. The company is named after a small West African mammal, which makes a noise loud enough to be noticed by all that are near.
Woyaa!'s mission is to ``increase the visibility of Africa on the Internet and promote the use of Internet technology in Africa,'' helping small and large companies alike to gain a similarly potent voice on the internet. The company has also built the premier African portal and search engine, ``Woyaa! Africa Search.''
Woyaa! is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. For more information, please call AFROMAIL.NET at +44 171-691 79 68, or visit the AFROMAIL.NET Web site at www.afromail.net.
About Critical Path, Inc.
Critical Path, Inc. is a privately held corporation founded in 1997, with venture backing from Benchmark Capital; Mohr, Davidow Ventures; SOFTBANK Holdings, Inc.; E*TRADE Group (Nasdaq:EGRP - news); and @Ventures, a division of CMG Information Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:CMGI - news).
With a mission to ``handle the world's email,'' the company has built an industry-leading global infrastructure with data centers connected to key Internet exchange points, and is currently under contract to host over four million mailboxes for ISPs, Web hosting companies, Web portals, and corporations.
Critical Path is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, please call Critical Path at 415/808-8800, or visit the Critical Path Web site at www.cp.net.
Note to Editors: Woyaa! And the Afromail.net logo are trademarks of Woyaa Information Services Limited. Critical Path and the Critical Path logo are trademarks of Critical Path Inc. Microsoft and Outlook are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their holders
Critical Path, Inc. Cindi Bennett, 415/808-8712 email@example.com or Woyaa! Noel Yavo, 00-32-04 77 31 11 03 firstname.lastname@example.org
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