Ericsson signs commercial WAP contract with Telenor Mobil in Norway
29th June 1999 - Ericsson has signed an agreement with Norwegian operator Telenor Mobil to
deliver WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) services.
Under the agreement, Ericsson and Telenor Mobil will cooperate to develop a
range of new WAP-based services. Telenor Mobil will be one of the first
operators in the world to supply WAP services to their customers.
The agreement further emphasizes Ericsson's commitment to build the use of
mobile Internet and bring easy-to-use communications solutions to consumers.
Many current WAP services are about receiving information, but in the near
future, there will be a range of interactive services, where consumers can
input and receive information, get answers to their questions or have products delivered.
Ericsson has delivered WAP test systems to GSM network operators since
November last year and is now ready to deploy commercial systems based on the
WAP 1.1 specification.
"We selected Ericsson to supply our WAP solutions after careful consideration
of all the alternatives," said Knut Oppegaard, Director of Telenor Mobil.
"There is a tremendous amount of information on the Internet and Intranets,
and WAP makes it much easier to access all that information quickly and
easily, completely independent of time and place."
"Norwegian consumers are very sophisticated and adept at acquiring the latest
technology, " says Steinar Svalesen, Sales Director for Ericsson in Norway.
"Telenor Mobil is a leading-edge operator, and our cooperation with them in
developing WAP applications will help us to develop a broad range of services
for all kinds of consumers."
Ericsson is the leading provider in the new telecoms world, with
communications solutions that combine telecom and datacom technologies with
freedom of mobility for the user. With more than 100,000 employees in 140
countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for its customers - network
operators, service providers, enterprises and consumers - the world over.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT
James Borup, Ericsson Corporate Communications
Phone: +46 70 590 9261;
E-mail: [email protected]
Staffan Pehrson, Director, Ericsson WAP Program
Ericsson Radio Systems AB
Phone: +46 70 560 5769; E-mail: [email protected]
Anne Rod, Information Director, Ericsson AS
Phone: +47 66 84 12 88, +47 91 18 60 65
E-mail: [email protected]
Ole Tom Nomeland, Information Manager, Telenor Mobil AS
Phone: +47 22 78 46 20, +47 90 10 85 90
WAP, Wireless Application Protocol, is the de facto world-wide standard for
providing Internet communications and advanced mobile telephony services on
digital mobile phones, pagers, personal digital assistants and other wireless
terminals. WAP is compatible with GSM900, 1800 and 1900, CDMA, TDMA wireless
standards, as well as all of the proposed 3G communication systems. Ericsson,
together with Nokia and Motorola, has introduced a new marketing initiative to
simplify recognition of mobile Internet applications. The Mobile Media Mode
(WWW:MMM) will enable users, content providers and operators to recognize
services, Internet sites and devices, such as smart phones, which provide
access to these services.
Additional information about WAP is available at http://www.wapforum.org
To promote Internet access using a mobile phone, Ericsson was part of
establishing the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum. The general
objective of the forum was to enable the wireless industry and content
developers to provide compatible products and services across a wide variety
of platforms. WAP-compatible devices are capable of translating the incoming
Internet data to match the capabilities of the mobile device. The specific
goal of the WAP Forum is to create a global wireless Internet protocol for
small screen mobile terminals that are unable to display HTML-based Web pages.
Ericsson's Mobile Internet portal can be found on:
Ericsson supports companies who want to start WAP-sites and services with its'
Images of the concept can be viewed at:
http://www.ericsson.se/pressroom/phli_pco.shtml and at: