E-Fone rings for Netline in Outblaze deal

E-Fone rings for Netline in Outblaze deal

Netline Technologies, the local company that developed phone managed e-mail, has announced a deal with Hong Kong-based infrastructure provider Outblaze as part of the company's move into the Asian market.

Outblaze, which is backed by Richard Li's Pacific Century Cyberworks, will operate e-mail services based on Netline's E-Fone technology. The deal was hatched last month during the Internet World 2000 conference in Sydney.

Outblaze was chosen as the preferred platform for the local company's drive because of the bandwidth, scalability and multilingual capacity, according to a statement.

The E-Fone service uses locally developed text-to-speech technology to deliver e-mail content to registered users over the phone.

Netline's chief executive officer Mark Fortunatow said the company had a tough time finding an Australian company that could meet the growth demand for the new portal.

Outblaze chief executive officer Yat Siu said the agreement would help expand the company into new avenues. The company currently provides technology for over 45,000 Internet portals and operates over five million e-mail accounts.

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