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Tech Data Europe signs Silent Circle deal

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 12 September 2016

Blackphone, a smartphone device that is private by design
Blackphone, a smartphone device that is private by design

Distribution giant Tech Data Europe has announced a European agreement with Silent Circle, a global leader in mobile security. Silent Circle offers private and encrypted mobile devices, software applications, and communication management services to corporations, governments and individuals worldwide. Tech Data’s channel customers will now be able to purchase the full range of Silent Circle products from the distributor.

“Cyber-attacks pose one of the greatest threats to businesses, governments and consumers globally, and there is an ever-growing demand for more sophisticated and robust systems and devices to protect our private data,” said Stephen Nolan, senior vice president, Tech Data Mobile. “Silent Circle’s products cater to this need and we look forward to extending their reach among our partners in the channel across Europe.”

Matt Neiderman, interim CEO at Silent Circle, said: “We are very pleased to partner with Tech Data. Their geographic footprint, distribution network, and mobile and enterprise software expertise align nicely with our channel strategy, particularly as Silent Circle builds on its rapidly expanding market share for enterprise-oriented secure mobile communication solutions. We are confident Tech Data will provide exemplary support to our dedicated specialist resellers, and are committed to collaborating with them to identify and engage with experienced partners.”

The full range of Silent Circle products and solutions includes: Blackphone, a smartphone device that is private by design. Blackphone runs on Silent OS, an enhanced Android operating system, and carries a suite of apps designed to keep enterprise and personal information separate and private; Silent Phone, an app which works on any device, enabling encrypted, secure voice calls, conference calling, video conferencing, text messaging and file transfers; Silent Manager, a simple and secure cloud-based management console for enterprises to manage Silent Circle users, groups, plans and devices.

Luc Van Huystee, VP at Tech Data Mobile, said: “The addition of Silent Circle’s solutions strengthens Tech Data Mobile’s product and services portfolio. With an end-to-end enterprise privacy package that incorporates devices, software and services, Silent Circle has created a comprehensive solution to enable organisations to face the growing challenge of securing their business communication.”

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