France Telecom Mobiles is launching a range of mobile information services using Nokia's end-to-end WAP solution. The launch provides subscribers to Itineris, the brand name of France Telecom' s mobile service, with the possibility to access the Internet from WAP-enabled media phones.
The main services include general news, weather reports, stocks, banking, national phonebook, travel information, entertainment, horoscopes, as well as the results for the lottery, horserace betting and other gambling services. This WAP solution demonstrates Nokia's ability to provide operators with comprehensive end-to-end solutions, from phones to servers, including rollout and customer care services and systems integration.
Nokia and France Telecom Mobiles have been working together in the development of WAP services since 1998 and a WAP service trial was announced last year.
Nokia has provided France Telecom Mobiles with a comprehensive WAP solution for the launch of its WAP service, including infrastructure and mobile phones. An extensive range of services is also included, comprising Rollout Services, Project Management, Hardware and Software Maintenance, Emergency Support, O&M Support Services, Training and Systems Integration.
The infrastructure includes network elements from Nokia's IP portfolio such as the Nokia IP330 and VPN200 firewall routers, as well as Nokia Artus Messaging Platform. The Nokia 7110 media phone has also been supplied, the first WAP phone commercially available on the market.
Didier Quillot, Director France Telecom Mobiles says: "We are very happy to provide our Itineris customers access to high level internet services from their mobile phone. The Nokia's WAP solution as well as the Nokia 7110 mobile phone are very well adapted to this innovative service".
"Nokia's comprehensive WAP solution based on open standards and platforms, enables the creation of feature-rich secured WAP services addressing both the consumers and business segments. We are pleased that France Telecom Mobiles selected Nokia to integrate this platform-solution." says Laurent Samama, Vice President, Professional Services' Business Solutions, Nokia Networks.
France Telecom is France's leading operator of mobile communications services. Itineris, the France Telecom GSM service, is the largest cellular phone network in France with more than 10 million customers and 97 percent of the population covered in France. Itineris owes its fast growth to the quality of its network and to its innovative services. For more information, visit the France Telecom Mobiles web site at www.itineris.tm.fr.
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 53 000 people worldwide.
Notes to Editors: The Wireless Application Protocol is a de-facto standard for Internet content and advanced telephony services in digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals. WAP enables manufacturers, network operators, content providers and application developers to offer compatible products and secure services on all digital devices and networks resulting in greater economies of scale and universal access to information. WAP Forum membership is open to all industry participants. A membership application form and the WAP specification 1.1 are available for download at the WAP Forum Web site: www.wapforum.org
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