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CMG and diAx team up to launch new content-rich WAP services at Telecom 99.

GENEVA October - 1999

CMG, a leading European IT service group, and diAx, the new Swiss mobile operator with the most up-to-date dual band GSM network in the country, offer a great variety in new Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) services at Telecom 99. The WAP Service Broker from CMG provides diAx customers timely and accurate information on Finance and Banking, News, Sports and Weather, Travel and Leisure, and E-Mail services.

One of the highlights of these services is financial information from Telekurs: diAx has entered into a strategic relationship with Telekurs Financial to provide real-time financial information to end-users. diAx customers can access financial indices, currency exchange rates, world stock exchanges, and financial headlines and obtain stock quotes.

"The new service is very user-friendly. With a touch of a button users can access train and flight schedules, cultural events, and news from around the world anytime and anywhere. WAP adds a new dimension to mobile communication - bringing mobility to the Internet", said Rick Murray, Head of diAx Mobile Marketing. diAx is constantly building innovative solutions with leading partners to provide real value for its customers.

The new WAP version 1.1 trial services by CMG and diAx, powered by a Compaq platform, also include other state-of-the-art applications like wireless banking, and comprehensive news and information services. Users with a WAP compatible mobile phone can also send and receive e-mails conveniently.

As Peter Maathuis, Managing Director of CMG Telecommunications, puts it: "WAP gives mobile phone users direct access to a personal selection of Internet content. It combines the simplicity of Internet surfing with the convenience of making a telephone call."

CMG's WAP Service Broker offers operators the opportunity to only make available those Internet services that are tuned to the mobile environment and develop secure, well manageable services.

Telecom 99 will be held from October 10 - 17 at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. For a personal demonstration visit the CMG stand 3120, Hall 3 or the Compaq stand 2081, Hall 2.

About diAx

diAx, the new generation telecommunications company, is the only alternative Swiss provider of comprehensive services for the fixed network, mobile phones and the Internet. diAx is a joint venture of diAx Holding - owned by more than 50 companies in the Swiss electricity industry, Swiss Re and Winterthur Life - and SBC Communications Inc., the third largest telecom corporation in the USA. The diAx high performance fiber optic network is more than 2,500 km long, making it the second largest fixed network in Switzerland. The diAx GSM mobile network is the most up-to-date dual band infrastructure in the country. The company currently employs around 1,300 persons nationwide.

About CMG Telecommunications

CMG has been an active member of the WAP Forum since 1998. The company is one of the few suppliers - possibly the only supplier - of cellular information systems having such a comprehensive solution. The key products that make up CMG's offer to the mobile communications industries are: short message service centres, cell broadcast systems, mobile e-mail systems and the WAP Service Broker. CMG has supplied over 100 systems to more than 60 mobile operators in over fifty countries and the company is the undisputed market leader in messaging and gateway solutions.

CMG Telecommunications is part of CMG plc, founded in 1964 and now employing over 8,000 staff. CMG operates internationally from its bases in the UK, Ireland, the United States of America, China, Singapore, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium, implementing and supporting applications for clients around the world. Shares are traded on the Amsterdam and London stock exchanges.

About Telekurs Financial Information Ltd.

Telekurs Financial Information Ltd. is a company of the Telekurs Group, which belongs to the Swiss banks. As the leading globally active Swiss provider of financial information, the company assists investment counselors, asset managers, finance analysts, portfolio management and accounting experts worldwide. By means of its systems, Telekurs Financial Information Ltd. provides current rates and portfolio management data on approx. 1.2 million titles as well as keeping news agencies worldwide informed of economic developments. Thanks to its ten subsidiaries in Europe, the US, and Asia, the group constantly upgrades its portfolio database - one of the most up-to-date and extensive in the world. The average transaction volume amounts to approx. 40 million telegrams on peak days. This huge quantity of data is then transmitted to the computing center in Zurich and processed there, prior to being transferred to customers all around the globe in form of made-to-measure products.

For more information:
Renate van Berchum
Tel: +31 (0) 30 23 39 300
Fax: + 31 (0) 30 23 39 490
Email: [email protected]