Getronics to integrate Nokia WAP server with mobile e-business solutions
(November 10, 1999) - Getronics and Nokia today announced a global partnership to deliver e-business solutions. Getronics will integrate Nokia WAP technology with its internet solutions for financial services as well as other industry sectors in order to provide a mobile dimension to e-business services.
As a result of this partnership, Getronics will market its customer interaction and e-business solution frameworks integrated with the Nokia WAP Server in order to deliver mobile services to customers. These frameworks include the E-Bank electronic banking framework that is already being used by European banks to deliver Internet Banking services.
Getronics will also deliver innovative solutions for other industry sectors by integrating the Nokia WAP Server with existing intranet/extranet applications to give them a mobile dimension, supporting both consumers and travelling business staff. Examples of these innovative services include timetable & ticketing applications for transport users, mobile shopping for consumers and e-mail and information services access for travelling business users.
Getronics is initially setting up WAP Centres of Excellence in both Finland and Italy, leveraging existing experience in integrating GSM SMS technology, that will support its European subsidiaries in delivering WAP solutions to clients.
"WAP technology will accelerate the consumer take-up of both existing internet applications such as electronic banking, as well as allowing for innovative new services that leverage the additional dimension that mobile technology allows" comments Alberto Consani, senior vice-president for Solutions Integration in Getronics EMEA.
"We believe that Getronics strong presence in key industry sectors such as financial services, together with Nokia's WAP technology will ensure rapid acceptance by consumers of mobile services, adding to their strong position in the field of mobile internet commerce in Europe" adds David Schmertz, director of sales, Nokia Wireless Software Solutions.
The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is an open, global specification that empowers mobile users with wireless devices to easily access and interact with information and services instantly. For more information about WAP see: www.wapforum.org
Nokia is the world's leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks including related customer services. Nokia also supplies solutions and products for fixed and wireless datacom, as well as multimedia terminals and computer displays. In 1998, net sales totaled EUR 13.3 billion (USD 15.7 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges, has sales in over 130 countries and employs more than 53,000 people worldwide. Internet: www.nokia.com
Nokia Wireless Software Solutions, part of the Nokia Internet Communications unit, focuses on the development of WAP technology and mobile solutions and applications for corporations and service providers, as well as mobile software platforms for software developers and system integrators. Internet: www.nokia.com/corporate/wap
Getronics is one of the world's leading providers of Solutions and Services to the professional users of Information and Communication Technology. With 34,000 employees in 44 countries, Getronics works with many of the world's largest companies to help them maximize the value of their technology investment.
Getronics headquarters is situated in Amsterdam, with regional head offices in Boston, London, Singapore and Washington DC. Getronics shares are traded on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange ('GTN'). Further information about Getronics and its services can be found on the World Wide Web @ www.getronics.com.
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