Nokia And Viag Demonstrate Wireless Applications over GPRS

    Viag Interkom, a large German telecommunications operator, is demonstrating wireless applications over Nokia's General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) at the Cebit 2000 trade show in Hannover, Germany.

    The live GPRS equipment on VIAG's stand will be connected securely via the Internet to remote Corporate Intranet and Mobile Internet Service Provider (ISP) application environments. In the Corporate Intranet environment wireless access to Enterprise Resource planning including applications such as remote access to production, sales and customer information and remote email will be demonstrated. The Mobile ISP environment includes e-mail, chat and information services demonstrations.

    "Thanks to services such as GPRS, in the very near future the end-users can communicate and access information independently of time or place", says Maximillian Ardelt, Chairman of the VIAG Interkom board of management. "This demonstration will enable our stand-visitors to experience the look and feel of these new wireless data services."

    "At Nokia we are very happy that we are able to provide our customer this kind of opportunity to show GPRS enabled wireless connectivity", says Chris Briglin, Head of Marketing, GPRS Business Program, Nokia Networks. "The importance of GPRS for the mobile industry is evident; it offers true global mass market wireless access to the Internet, and is an essential stepping stone to Third Generation (3G) networks and the Mobile Information Society."

    The Nokia GPRS solution includes Internet Protocol (IP) core network infrastructure, the Nokia Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN), the Nokia Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN), and the Nokia Charging Gateway. Nokia has been shipping commercially capable hardware since August 1999, and is currently the leading GPRS core network vendor. The first commercial services will be launched within a couple of months.

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