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Nokia First - successfully browsing Chinese Web through WAP

November 30, 1999

Working with Beijing Mobile Communications Corporation (BMCC) and China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC), Nokia has demonstrated the use of WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) to browse the Internet in Chinese.

It is the first time that Nokia WAP platforms and the Nokia 7110 media phone have been used to browse the Internet in Chinese, marking important progress in Nokia's efforts to develop WAP applications for the Chinese market.

Nokia conducted the demonstrations using BMCC's GSM network and the Nokia Artus Messaging Platform. The Beijing Telecom Administration server acted as the information source for the demonstrations.

WAP is an open global standard for communication between a mobile handset and the Internet or other computer applications. Using WAP-based platforms, such as the Nokia Artus Messaging Platform, real-time mobile services such as Internet-based plane schedules, weather forecasts, stock quotations, sports scores and news services will become available for mobile phone and other mobile device users. At the same time, users can also connect to corporation intranets, accessing information such as corporation directories, resources and even cafeteria menus.

According to an agreement earlier this year, Nokia, BMCC and CMCC will jointly develop WAP applications for the Chinese market.

Nokia can offer operators what few others in the industry can; a complete end-to-end WAP solution, including WAP gateways, mobile terminals, browsers, and tools for WAP -based content creation and delivery. Nokia provides a range of infrastructure products that support WAP such as the Nokia Artus Messaging Platform and the Nokia Artus SMS Center.

Nokia is paving the way to the mobile information society with its innovative products and solutions. Nokia is the leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks including related services. It also supplies 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 and employs more than 53,000 people.

Further information:

Ms Arja Suominen, Vice President, Communications,
Nokia NetworksM
Tel. (Int.) + 358 9 5113 8193
Fax (Int.) + 358 9 5113 8199
Web www.nokia.com
Email [email protected]

Notes to Editors:

The Wireless Application Protocol is a de-facto standard for Internet content and advanced telephony services in digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals. WAP enables manufacturers, network operators, content providers and application developers to offer compatible products and secure services on all digital devices and networks resulting in greater economies of scale and universal access to information. WAP Forum membership is open to all industry participants. A membership application form and the WAP specification 1.1 are available for download at the WAP Forum Web site: www.wapforum.org