(March 22, 1999)
- A number of leading operators are to begin trials for Wireless
Application Protocol (WAP)-based services, using complete Nokia solutions. Agreements have
been signed with T-Mobil in Germany, Europolitan in Sweden, NetCom in Norway, Orange in
the UK, Hongkong Telecom Mobile Service and New World Mobility in Hong Kong S.A.R., as
well as Radiolinja and Sonera in Finland.
Nokia has previously announced agreements with France Telecom Mobiles
and Telia Mobile in Sweden - each are piloting new WAP value added services, such as
Internet and intranet access for GSM mobile phones.
With these pilots, Nokia enhances its offering to mobile operators
with the Nokia Artus Messaging Platform. This allows access to information available on
the World Wide Web through WAP-enabled GSM phones, as well as current GSM phones with
Short Messaging capability.
"With this comprehensive Nokia solution, we have together with
on-line stockbrokerage firm Aktiedirekt and the telecoms company Aspiro developed the
world's first service for mobile stock trading based on WAP technology," says Mikael
Kluge, Marketing Director, Europolitan AB in Sweden. "WAP will be an important tool
when large-scale mobile electronic commerce begins. WAP also gives us the possibility to
develop other exciting services that give our customers access to information on the
Internet directly from mobile phones."
"Value Added Services based on WAP are becoming a reality
today. With Nokia's wireless data solutions, Internet services can be delivered straight
to your hands, whether you are on the move or not," says Pekka Salonoja, Vice
President, Wireless Data Server Systems, Nokia Telecommunications. "We are pleased to
be working with these operators, together with us they have taken an important step in the
delivery of personal multimedia services to their subscribers."
To complete the end to end solution, Nokia launched the world's
first media phone based on the Wireless Application Protocol in Mobile Media Mode
(WWW:MMM), in February. The Nokia 7110 dual band GSM 900/1800 media phone was introduced
at the GSM World Congress in Cannes, France. This new phone has been designed to enable
easy access to Internet content from a mobile phone, has a large graphics display and a
number of new and innovative features for ease of operation and text input.
Nokia is a founding member of the WAP Forum, which standardises
intelligent messaging for creating Internet services and applications for digital mobile
phones and wireless terminals. Nokia offers a complete wireless data solution for
telecommunications, offering operators the possibility to provide their customers with a
range of value-added services.
The WAP Forum has published a global wireless protocol specification
for all wireless networks that will be contributed to appropriate standards bodies. WAP
enables manufacturers, network operators, content providers and application developers to
offer compatible products and secure services on all digital devices and networks. WAP
Forum membership is open to all industry participants. WAP version 1.0 specification and
membership details are available at http://www.wapforum.org
Nokia is the world's leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier
of mobile and fixed telecom networks including related customer services. Nokia also
supplies solutions and products for fixed and wireless datacom, as well as multimedia
terminals and computer monitors. In 1998, net sales totaled FIM 79.2 billion (USD 15.7
billion, EUR 13.3 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on five European
Stock Exchanges and on the New York Stock Exchange (NOK.A), has sales in over 130
countries and employs more than 44,000 people worldwide.