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Scandic Hotels use the Nokia solution for their new WAP service

January 21, 2000.Scandic Hotels, the biggest hotel chain in Scandinavia, has started a hotel booking WAP service by utilising Nokia supplied equipment and Nokias expertise in building the service. The members of the Scandic Club will have the opportunity to make and change their hotel room reservations through this WAP service, which is built on the Nokia WAP server. In order to meet the needs of Scandic and their customers, Nokia is able to offer a complete end-to-end WAP solution, which includes both WAP-enabled handsets and the Nokia WAP Server.

During spring the frequent customers of Scandic Hotels will also receive a special offer for the Nokia 7110 mobile phone, which is the first WAP 1.1 compliant phone currently available in the market. The Nokia 7110 offers a big display and an easy-to-use Nokia NaviäRoller user interface, which allows for the fast and convenient access to WAP services.

"Scandic Hotels set an important benchmark with their innovative and pioneering WAP service. The hotel booking service demonstrates in an excellent way how WAP can give instant benefit to customers by integrating the WAP service with the existing customer care service infrastructure. The value of these types of services is greater than the sum of its components, and Nokia is happy that Scandic Hotels has turned to us and our partner Nocom Ab to provide this complete end-to-end WAP solution," says Pertti Lounamaa, Vice President, Nokia Internet Communications.

"We are proud to be the first hotel chain to offer our customers a concrete opportunity to access our services and special offers through WAP technology. This is the first step in our development of mobile services to our customers," says Roland Nilsson, President & CEO, Scandic Hotels.

The Nokia WAP Server 1.0 is the worlds most recognized WAP server, allowing businesses to fully leverage the power and functionality of existing and new service offerings in a mobile environment. It is an open server platform for mobile applications that lets companies maintain control over end-to-end security of access to data and customer traffic between the wireless network and the Internet or their own internal networks. The Nokia WAP Server complies with the WAP 1.1 specification and sets the industry milestone with its security option, the first commercially available implementation of the Wireless Transportation Layer Security (WTLS).

Scandic Hotels AB is the largest hotel company in the Nordic region, with 131 hotels in 10 countries. Scandics strategy is to be a dedicated hotel operator. Its business mission is "to offer many people the highest value for money when staying in its hotels, during work and leisure."

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.

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