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CMG Telecommunications and Esat Digifone bring mobile Internet Service to reality

Irish GSM operator selects CMG's WAP Service Broker

Utrecht, 29 October 1999. With CMG's WAP Service Broker Esat Digifone offers their customers access to certain Internet Information on the screen of their Mobile phone. Last week they launched this new service to their customers, "Dot digifone-on-line". Esat Digifone is one of the first mobile operators in the world to bring Internet over GSM to reality with CMG's WAP Service Broker.

Using CMG's WAP Service Broker product, Digifone can select the content they feel their subscribers require. The WAP Service Broker enables secure, managed, targeted services and makes these services intuitive to employ and easy to customise. It enables service directories to be created, allows authorised content and Digifone to access the platform and lets their users configure and personalise the services they require.

As Peter Maathuis, Director of Marketing at CMG puts it: "WAP at last offers advanced services that are easy to use. In addition, our Service Broker concept makes it easy for network operators to develop secure and easy to manage services. Operators can now expect much faster acceptance by the public of new, advanced services."

Barry Maloney, Chief Executive of Esat Digifone said: "We are one of the first mobile operators world-wide and the first in Ireland to introduce this service to our customers. This is also part of our continuing commitment to providing our customers with leading edge technology. Initially, Dot digifone-on-line will enable users to access a range of information, including news, sports, weather, airline information, betting odds, stock prices and entertainment news. The service can be accessed while in Ireland or while travelling abroad allowing our customers keep up to date with what is going on at home. Within months the service will become fully interactive with on-line e commerce functionality enabling customers to book flights, cinema tickets, place orders etc."

Background Information

CMG has been an active member of the WAP Forum since 1998. The company is one of the few suppliers of cellular information systems having such a comprehensive solution - possibly the only supplier. 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 60 mobile operators in over fifty countries and the company is the undisputed market leader in messaging and gateway solutions.

CMG plc is a leading European IT services group, providing business information solutions through consultancy, systems development, software applications and managed services. Established in 1964, CMG operates internationally from its bases in the UK, Ireland, the United States of America, Singapore, China, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium, implementing and supporting applications for clients around the world. The Group is listed on the London and Amsterdam stock exchanges.

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

ESAT Digifone
Contactperson: Sarah Dempsey
Tel: +353 (0)86 814 5125
Email: [email protected]