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Nokia invites the Software developer community to review the Nokia WAP Server API

First ever WAP API specification on the Internet

(May 24, 1999) - Nokia continues its strong commitment to boosting the emergence of the WAP market by inviting the application developer community to review the Nokia WAP Server API (Application Programming Interface) Specification to be released for the first time ever to the market. The specification, directed at WAP application developers, is available at www.nokia.com/corporate/wap

Releasing the API to the public is another step in NOKIA's commitment to open standards and bringing the wealth of the Internet to mobile phones. Early this year Nokia made its WAP Toolkit available free of charge from the Internet, for developing applications based on the Wireless Application Protocol.

At Cebit, Nokia announced the Nokia WAP Server, a software product that enables companies to provide mobile access to information and services available on Internet and private Intranet as well as other information systems. In addition to implementing gateway functionality between company web servers and wireless networks, the Nokia WAP Server operates as an open server platform for hosting content, stand-alone applications and connectors to other information systems. Other WAP products from Nokia include the market's first WAP phone, the 7110, as well as the Nokia Artus Messaging Platform with its WAP gateway.

Nokia today announces availability of the Nokia WAP Server API Specification to provide application developers with detailed information about programming interfaces available for advanced WAP applications and services. The Nokia WAP Server API includes three main interface categories which will provide application developers with a familiar and expandable environment for implementing WAP applications:

1. standard JavaTM Servlet API for general application development
2. WAP Service API for accessing advanced information and services in the Nokia WAP Server
3. Server Extension API for customizing the functionality of the Nokia WAP Server to meet specific needs.

"The opportunity to review the Nokia WAP Server API Specification is an additional step in Nokia's efforts to help the developer community get ready for emerging wireless application markets. In addition to reducing WAP developers' time-to-market, reviewing the API specification will provide application developers with an opportunity to contribute to the development and future improvement of the Nokia WAP Server and its interfaces," says Mr. Gerhard Romen, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nokia Wireless Software Solutions.

About WAP
WAP is an open global standard for communication between a mobile handset and the Internet or other computer applications. WAP-based technology enables the design of advanced, interactive and real-time mobile services, such as mobile banking or Internet based news services, which can be used in digital mobile phones or other mobile devices. The WAP specification enables solutions from various suppliers to work consistently for end-users on the digital networks. For more information about WAP, see www.wapforum.com

About Nokia
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 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, has sales in over 130 countries and employs more than 47,000 people worldwide.

Nokia Wireless Software Solutions is a Nokia unit focusing on the development of WAP technology and mobile solutions and applications for corporations and service providers, as well as mobile software platforms for software developers and system integrators.

Contact information:
Further questions regarding the Nokia WAP Server API: [email protected]
Nokia WAP Server API specification can be requested at: www.nokia.com/corporate/wap/

Press contacts:
Kirsi Harra
Marketing Communications Manager
Nokia Wireless Software Solutions
tel: +358 9 18071