Nokia and Agence France-Presse team up to develop WAP-based mobile news
December 22, 1999 Nokia and Agence France-Presse (AFP), one of the three world's leading
and photo agencies, have signed a global co-operation agreement to
news services based on the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP).
The services, which are now available in French and English, have been
developed to work with the Nokia end-to-end WAP solution, including the
Nokia Artus Messaging Platform and the Nokia 7110 media phone. AFP's WAP
based mobile news services will include the latest general news, sports
and financial news in English, Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese.
"The launch of our WAP services builds on AFP's strong presence on the
Internet,moving us now into the new era of mobile access to the Internet.
This reflects AFP's dynamism and determination to be at the forefront of
technological development, and through this partnership with Nokia, we
be able to deliver a wide range of news and information to people who need
to be on the move" says Monique Villa, AFP's Director for Strategy,
Development and Partnerships.
Pekka Salonoja, Vice President, Messaging and Service Platforms, Nokia,
says,"Nokia is leading the way in the development and deployment of WAP
applications services - several organisations and operators throughout
world have already launched mobile Internet services using Nokia
We believe that AFP, as one of the world's three leading news providers,
an important role to play in the development of mobile global news
Nokia can offer operators what few others in the industry can; a complete
end-to-end WAP solution, including WAP gateways, mobile terminals,
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.
AFP's WAP services are made up of easy-to-navigate news categories
the latest in international news, national news, sports news and business
news. Stories are updated throughout the day, seven days a week. The AFP
mobile service is independent of mobile phone manufacturer, gateway server
manufacturer or network provider.
AFP is one of the three worldwide news agencies, with 1,200 reporters, 200
photographers and 2,000 stringers working in 165 countries. It is
as the premier supplier of information in Asia, Europe, the Middle East
Africa, with services in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and
Arabic. AFP provides multimedia news services to more than 150 web sites
20 countries. ImageForum, AFP's online photo database, provides instant
internet access through a browser interface to AFP's award-winning
international photo service, with up to 600 new photos per day, and a
comprehensive picture archive.
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
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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
services on all digital devices and networks resulting in greater
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: