Nokia and Sonofon sign agreement bringing WAP-based mobile Internet services to Denmark
February 2, 2000Nokia and Sonofon have signed an agreement to bring WAP services to Denmark with the supply of the Nokia Artus Messaging Platform.
Sonofon will be among the first operators in Denmark to provide Internet access from WAP-enabled mobile phones. In addition, Sonofon will extend their offering with the Nokia Corporate WAP Server to enable its corporate customers to use tailor-made integrated WAP solutions.
Using WAP, the Nokia Artus Messaging Platform enables the mobile phone user on the move to easily access Internet information, such as headline news, sports results, stock quotes, and on-line travel and banking services. By supporting HTTPS, a secure protocol for fetching Internet content, The Nokia Artus Messaging Platform enables secure access to corporate intranets and other sensitive databases.
Ulrik Bülow, President and CEO, Sonofon says: "Nokia is a frontrunner in WAP technology which will secure an early time-to-market when e-commerce becomes widely deployed. This agreement allows Sonofon to provide advanced and exciting mobile data services to our customers today."
"WAP is a key enabler of making the Internet mobile, and Sonofon will be able to build totally new secure and personalized services for its mobile customers," says Pekka Salonoja, Vice President, Messaging and Service Platforms, Nokia, "We are pleased to extend our relationship with Sonofon as a complete WAP solution partner."
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.
Sonofon is Denmarks second largest telecommunications company with a turnover of Dkk 3 Billion and approximately 1400 employees. Sonofon is owned by GN Great Nordic (53.5%) and BellSouth (46.5%). Since its launch in 1992 the company has established a country-wide network, a solid customer base (approximately 800,000) and Sonofon partner - franchise based chain of shops. The company is continuously introducing new services - such as Prepaid cards (Taletid) and the DuoFon.
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, related services as well as multimedia terminals. In 1999, net sales totaled EUR 19.8 billion (USD 19.9 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges and employs more than 55 000 people.
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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.