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Nokia and Reuters Team up to Develop WAP-based Mobile News Services

September 1, 1999 Nokia 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 people.

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 1999.

Contact information:

Ms Arja Suominen,
Vice President, Communications,
Nokia Telecommunications
Tel: (Int.) + 358 9 5113 8193,
Fax: (Int.) + 358 9 5113 8199