Vizzavi Integrates Google Search Technology Across Entire Network of European Portal Sites
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and LONDON, United Kingdom – February 26, 2001 – Google Inc., developer of the award-winning Google search engine, today announced that it will provide its powerful search and wireless technology to Vizzavi’s European multi-access portal. Established in July 2000, Vizzavi today operates portals in the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands. Vizzavi is the rapidly growing joint venture between Vodafone Group plc and Vivendi Universal. Effective immediately, Google will be the preferred search engine provider, offering its advanced web search engine as a complement to Vizzavi’s comprehensive range of personalized services and content, accessible to users via desktop PCs and mobile devices.
The co-branded service is currently available to users in the United Kingdom (www.vizzavi.co.uk) and the Netherlands (www.vizzavi.nl), and is soon expected to be rolled out across other European markets. The Vizzavi relationship broadens Google’s reach across major European markets, and establishes the company more prominently as a leading provider of pan-European search services.
"We needed a search technology that not only satisfied our current requirements, but also had the ease of integration, functionality and scalability to support our aggressive business plans to become the leading European multi-access portal," said Evan Newmark, CEO of Vizzavi. "With Google’s unmatched search technologies and extensive wireless functionality, we were able to quickly provide a high-quality, scalable service offering to our growing user base."
"Vizzavi is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s leading Internet businesses for online services and mobile data with a prospective user base of more than 80 million," said Larry Page, CEO and co-founder of Google. "Google’s comprehensive search service is ideally suited to form an integral part of the Vizzavi web and wireless service offering. We anticipate this relationship will help increase our visibility in the European market."
Vizzavi is a 50/50 joint venture between Vodafone Group plc, the world’s leading mobile communications company, and Vivendi Universal, Europe’s leading media company. Vizzavi is a multi-access portal designed to provide services to customers in a consistent format, throughout Europe, across different platforms, including mobile handsets, personal computers, television and personal digital assistants. Vizzavi was established in July 2000. For more information on Vizzavi please go to www.vizzavi.net.
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