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Telenor Norway, the Nordic country's leading communications and technology services provider, has awarded Syntegra the first tranche of a contract - with an eventual total value of some £500,000 - to combat the growing problem of spam.

The initial contract will provide 50,000 licences for Syntegra's DUE (Detecting Undesirable E-mail) service. DUE is based on Syntegra's Email Sentinel product which guarantees that e-mails received are secure and virus-free. Email Sentinel is run in conjunction with Brightmail which ensures that only e-mails that are definitely unsolicited are labelled as spam and are accurately eliminated.

Syntegra is one of only a few companies in the world that offers an effective set of tools in combating spam, and was recognised by Gartner in December 2002 as a key player in this space. Giuseppe Carella, business development manager at Syntegra comments: Businesses receive thousands of unwanted e-mails a day which all take time to process and increase operational costs. The service from Syntegra continuously monitors the internet for attacks and major spam campaigns enabling employees to manage their desktops much more effectively.

Syntegra has worked with Telenor since 1995 and has already provided a successful anti-virus solution based on its Email Sentinel product integrated with anti-virus software from Trend Micro. Kurt Midttun, director of sales and alliances internet services at Telenor comments Telenor is highly focused on its reputation in the marketplace so having a best-of-breed anti-spam offering is very important to us. It means that we are a much more customer focused company and can provide a more efficient service for our clients

Telenor have recently seen internet users being subjected to highly targeted spam that uses relevant, local content. Carella added: The spammers are getting smarter. There appears to be a huge increase in focus group e-mails where spammers are targeting people in certain age groups or living in particular areas

Syntegra estimates that by September 2003, 40-50 per cent of all e-mails will be spam, leading to lost productivity among employees and increased costs as IT systems struggle to manage the volume of e-mails received.

About Syntegra

Syntegra is part of BT Group. It plays a key role in the realisation of BTs ICT strategy as BTs expert in business transformation and change management. Syntegra has revenues of around £600 million and employs more than 5000 business and technical professionals world-wide.

Syntegra helps organisations transform the way that they operate, by applying business knowledge and technology to make new and better ways of working possible. The nature of such major business change means that in many cases Syntegra takes on the responsibility for one or more business processes, or an organisation's entire ICT infrastructure.

For further information visit www.syntegra.com.

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