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Acquired byNeustar
Price$140M
Date11/2006

General Information

CategoryMessaging
Phone44 8000 320 275
Employees180
Founded1999
DescriptionMobile Instant Messaging & Presence

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Ash House
Fairfield Avenue
Staines, TW18 4AB, GBR

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Followap

As of November 27, 2006, Followap, Inc. was acquired by NeuStar, Inc for $140M in cash.

Followap was the leading provider and pioneer of mobile Messenger - Instant Messaging and Presence solutions to the mobile industry. It was founded and managed by Dotan Volach and Ben Volach when mobile Internet was just born. By the time it was acquired, it had over 20 mobile operators many of them tier-ones, serving a combined user base of over 200 million subscribers. Followap’s products enabled operators to establish advanced, interoperable mobile Messenger and presence-enhanced services, which were key for next-generation networks. Followap held numerous patents and was actively contributing to industry standardization efforts in forums including OMA, XMPP, IETF, 3GPP and the GSM Association. Followap cooperated with device manufacturers including Samsung, Nokia and LG.

Followap has launched the first commercial mobile Messenger service in the year 2000 in partnership with Eircell, Ireland’s largest mobile network. Other key customers of Followap included the Vodafone Group, Hutchison 3G Group, BT Group, Turkcell, Telecom Italia, Wind and Vimpelcom. The mobile Messenger which Followap pioneered evolved into extremely popular services following the introduction of the iPhone and App stores for wide-market distribution. These include Whatsapp, Line, QQ, WeChat and KakaoTalk.

Its interconnect products included Interconnectivity, an important GSMA initiative for mobile operators, for the global adoption of instant messaging, across networks, and mobile phones.

The company was founded in 1999 and was headquartered in London, the United Kingdom with offices in Europe, the United States and Asia.

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  1. NeuStar Acquires Followap, UK-based Enabler of Mobile IM Services in Europe and Asia (prnewswire.com) [edit]
  2. EDGAR [edit]
  3. haaretz.com [edit]
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