Miami-Based Strategic Technologies Will Use Internet CommSuite as a Value-Added Enhancement to its Data Cable Offerings
ALISO VIEJO, CA - Smith Micro Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMSI) announced today that Miami-based cable TV provider Strategic Technologies, Inc. (STI) will bundle Smith Micro's Internet CommSuiteTM software application as a value-added enhancement to its data cable service offerings. STI's customers will receive the all-in-one Internet communications package directly from Convergence.com, an Atlanta-based cable service company that originally entered into a marketing partnership with Smith Micro in October of 1998.
This new bundling arrangement provides STI's customers with access to a fully-integrated Internet communications package that will enable data cable subscribers to capitalize on the performance advantages offered by high-speed cable modems. With Internet CommSuite, subscribers will be able to easily add audio and video to their e-mails, phone and fax via PC over the Internet, bypassing long distance phone company charges. Customers will also be able to conduct video phone calls, add sound and full-motion video to their chat sessions, and more. The benefit of Internet CommSuite is that it brings all these functions together under a single interface, eliminating the need to buy, install and learn different programs.
"With STI now in the process of launching its new 2-way broadband cable Internet access service, we felt it was important for us to include some type of value-added enhancement that could enable us to increase our penetration of the rapidly emerging market for high-speed Internet access," said Bruce Behren, vice president of STI's Cable Division. "Smith Micro's Internet CommSuite enables us to provide that extra value, as it incorporates all of the Internet communications functionality that our data cable subscribers need into one fully-integrated, easy-to-use package."
"We are thrilled that Convergence.com's partnership with Smith Micro is being fully utilized by STI," said Terry Wright, chief technology officer for Convergence.com. "With our new partnering programs in place, we are able to offer an even larger array of solutions and services to STI to assist them with growing their business."
"STI's adoption of Internet CommSuite will help to enable its customers to take full advantage of the ultra high-speed performance offered by broadband technologies," said William W. Smith, Jr., Smith Micro president and CEO. "Smith Micro and Convergence.com are both pleased to welcome STI as our newest data cable partner, and we believe that Internet CommSuite will solidify STI's efforts to increase its data cable subscription rate."
For more information, contact Smith Micro Software at 949/362-5800.
Smith Micro is a leading developer and marketer of software products that make person-to-person communications simple. With a focus on the Internet, broadband and modem-based technologies, the company designs integrated, easy-to-use software that enables fax, data, voice and video communication to personal computer users around the world. Headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, Smith Micro's complete line of products are available through direct sales, and a worldwide network of retail distributors, value-added resellers (VARs) and OEMs. The company is publicly traded on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol SMSI.
Founded in 1994, Convergence.com draws on many years of cable industry experience to help cable systems of all sizes launch and manage high-speed broadband Internet access and other data services. Convergence.com, which provides flexible turnkey solutions as well as 'a la carte' solution and service offerings, has successfully launched or assisted in the launch of data/Internet services in more than thirty cable systems in the United States and abroad.
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