Msona and Northgate Managed Services Ink Distribution Agreement to offer School-in-a-Box Solutions Across the UK and Ireland

Press Release : January 12, 2010
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LONDON 12 January 2010, Msona Ltd. (www.msona.co.uk), an innovative European manufacturer of unified IP communications and networking systems for small, medium and distributed enterprises, today announced a distribution partnership with the award-winning
system integrator and distributor Northgate Managed Services (Northgate), a pioneer in delivering Information & Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure solutions to schools across the UK and Ireland. Through this distribution agreement, Msonas mBox
technology will be made available to Northgates forward-thinking customers and channel partners looking for easy-to-use,feature-rich and affordable multi-service ICT solutions without the complexity and cost of traditional systems.

Schools, nurseries and youth clubs are looking at ways to streamline their ICT roll-outs and reduce cost without compromising on features or functionality, said David Hyland, Managing Director, Education, at Northgate. The Msona product range is great at delivering secure, radically simple and reliable ICT infrastructure in one single robust box which can be managed by the school, Northgate or our channel partners, Hyland added. Under the
agreement, Northgate will market, sell and support the Msona offering to schools via its direct and indirect channels across the UK and Ireland.

Msona offers All-in-One Multi-service Internet appliances known as the mBox 2000 series that consolidate up to eight networking, communications and IT devices. The mBox preintegrates a simple and modular solution for schools ICT needs including Broadband gateway, shared and secured Internet access, telephony, data backup, security, remote access, resource sharing, email, web servers and collaboration applications. Acting as the main access gateway to the Internet, the mBox offers the ability to host schools public websites and Intranets as well as run a secure email infrastructure for staff and pupils. The device offers the full capability to monitor Internet usage, filter access to inappropriate material and content on the web while blocking viruses and spam from reaching schools network. Msona also offers a range of cloud computing based services known as mRepublic
which complement the applications running on the mBox and enhance the schools quality of experience for web presence, security updates as well as maximum uptime and availability of ICT services.

Rami Houbby, Msonas Vice President of Business Development, commented, This is a win-win-win partnership that we are extremely excited about. Northgate are pioneers in the education market and have a great reputation in delivering advanced ICT solutions in both
countries. We aim to combine their expertise and reach with our technological innovation to deliver easy-to-use and affordable ICT solutions that cater for schools, nurseries and youth clubs across the UK and Ireland.

The mBox offers educational institutions the ability to securely connect to the Internet over Broadband while providing an environment for hosting web-based collaboration tools to
develop communities and interest groups that span across the institution and its community to include pupils, staff, parents and other schools.

Northgate will showcase the Msona solution at the British Education and Training Technology (BETT) 2010 event between 13-16 January in Olympia, London on its stand (Stand # D70). BETT attracts more than 30,000 visitors and brings together the global teaching and learning community for four days of innovations and inspirations.

For media enquiries, please contact Renata Shashova, call 01344-989888 or e-mail renata.shashova@msona.co.uk).

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About Northgate Managed Services (www.northgate-is.com/managedservices)
Part of Northgate Information Solutions, Northgate Managed Services provides infrastructure services to both public and private sector organisations and specialist managed services in the education, government and utilities sectors. Northgate Managed Services currently employs over 1,000 staff and operates in England, Ireland and Scotland. With over 25 years experience in the education sector, Northgate Managed Services is a leading ICT company providing ICT services and solutions to over 1,200 schools, colleges
and academies across the UK. More than 380,000 learners and teachers are successfully supported by the company. Northgate Managed Services provides services to every school in Northern Ireland through C2k, the largest and most comprehensive e-learning initiative ever implemented in the UK. It also provides Information and Communication Technology (ICT) managed services to Bristol, Leicester, Kent and Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton as part of the Government’s Building Schools for the Future Programme (BSF). The Academies programme which falls under BSF will see 400 academies built across England and as part of this programme,Northgate Managed Services is now working with Trent Valley Academy in Gainsborough, Bristol Cathedral Choir School in Bristol, Havelock Academy in Grimsby and Litherland High School and Abraham Guest High School, one school BSF Pathfinder projects school in
Sefton and Wigan, In January 2007 Northgate was awarded an ISO 20000-1 accreditation by the British Standards Institution, for provision of IT service management activities.

About Msona (www.msona.co.uk)
Msona is changing the way ICT applications and services are delivered to small, medium and distributed customers in the Broadband era. Msona is unlocking the full potential of convergence between communications, networking and IT applications to enable forwardthinking service providers and ICT channel partners to deliver profitable managed services to the market. Msona is innovating the way in which ICT services and applications are
created, delivered, managed and supported eliminating the need for the enterprise user to have any IT expertise. The company offers the first market leading All-in-One multi-service Internet appliance and a portfolio of subscription-based managed ICT services. Msona is based in the UK, Italy and Sweden and has distribution agreements covering countries across the EMEA region. For more information about Msona, please visit www.msona.co.uk
or contact Renata Shashova on 01344-989888, e-mail renata.shashova@msona.co.uk.

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