Nokia and Reuters Team up to Develop WAP-based Mobile News Services
and Reuters, the world's largest news and television agency, have
signed a global co-operation agreement to develop and deliver
financial, sports and general news services based on the Wireless
Application Protocol (WAP).
The services have been developed to work with the
Nokia Artus Messaging Platform and are currently available to those
operators participating in Nokia WAP pilots. The new Reuters service
is optimized for the Nokia 7110 media phone and supports the WAP 1.1.
specification, launched earlier this year.
The main topics in Reuters' WAP-based service will
include general news, as well as sports and financial news. As a new
feature, WAP enables the possibility to utilize bitmap imaging. The
Reuters logo is featured as a wireless bitmap, which will appear on a
phone display when entering the service.
"The delivery of Reuters news and information
services via WAP enabled mobile phones is a strategic objective of
ours," says Jonathan Baile, Managing Director of Reuters Wireless
Services. " We have a reputation as a leading supplier of news to
the Internet and a logical extension of this is for us to deliver a
mobile Internet service to our customers, providing them with the
ability to access information wherever they may be. "
Pekka Salonoja, Vice President, Wireless Data
Server Systems, Nokia, says, "Combined with Reuters position as a
global source of content delivery to many other companies, Nokia is
enabling the mobile information society, bringing news to everyone's
pocket. Reuters owns a well recognized brand and quality content, both
of which are valuable elements for building successful WAP services,
Nokia currently has over twenty WAP pilots underway worldwide with
innovative operators. Reuters news services are an important addition
to the services currently offered in the pilots."
WAP enables a sophisticated range of value added
services, such as Internet and intranet access for GSM mobile phones.
This will be enhanced with GPRS, which offers fast and continuous
connections to the Internet while on the move.
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 51 000
Reuters supplies the global financial markets and
the news media with the widest range of information and news products
including real-time financial data, collective investment data,
numerical, textual, historical and graphical databases plus news,
graphics, news video, and news pictures. It reaches over 519,000 users
in 57,720 locations and extensively uses Internet technologies for
wider distribution of information and news. Reuters designs and
installs enterprise-wide information management and risk management
systems for the financial markets as well as providing equity and
foreign exchange transaction systems. Reuters provides news and
information to over 225 Internet sites reaching an estimated 12
million viewers monthly. Reuters is the world's largest news and
television agency with 1,946 journalists, photographers and camera
operators in 183 bureaux serving 157 countries. News is published in
23 languages. Instinet, an international electronic agency
stockbroker, is an independently managed subsidiary of Reuters. The
Group employed 16,898 staff in 212 cities in 95 countries at 30 June
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