Versatel Telecom International N.V., (NASDAQ:VRSA)(AEX:VRSA) a rapidly growing, facilities-based competitive provider of voice, data and Internet broadband services in the Benelux and Germany today announced a strategic relationship with Wapmagic. This relationship enables Zon to launch the first operator-independent mobile portal in The Netherlands today, based on the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) standard. The relationship will focus on the development of mobile multimedia services from which all Versatel Internet Group related companies (such as 24hours, VuurWerk and Zon) in both the Benelux and Germany will benefit.
The new Zon mobile portal is built and deployed in cooperation with Wapmagic. All 500,000 Zon subscribers with a WAP phone will be able to access the Zon mobile portal using their normal dial-in number, usernames and passwords, independent of their choice of mobile operator. Zon's mobile portal contains services like news, weather and traffic, sports, access to e-mail, stock quotes and other financial information. These mobile multimedia services are based primarily on the WAP standard. This strategic relationship with Wapmagic subscribes Versatel's strategy to play an important part in the mobile telecommunications industry.
Versatel Telecom International N.V. (Nasdaq & AEX: VRSA) based in Amsterdam, is a rapidly growing, facilities-based, competitive local access broadband network operator focused on The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Founded in October 1995, the Company holds full telecommunications licenses in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and has over 38,000 business customers and 1,060 employees. Versatel is currently building a broadband network that will use the latest network technologies to provide business customers with high bandwidth voice, data and Internet services. In addition to the CLEC, Versatel group includes VersaPoint, a 50/50 joint venture with US-based NorthPoint (www.northpoint.net), which is building a pan-European high-speed DSL Internet access and Versatel Internet Group, a concentration of consumer and business ISPs, portals, and hosting companies. Versatel is a publicly traded company on the Amsterdam Stock Exchanges and Nasdaq National Market under the symbol "VRSA". News and information are available at www.versatel.com.
Wapmagic is an Application Services Provider to business customers for the development and the deployment of mobile multimedia applications. Wapmagic designs and develops WAP applications, offers consultancy services and hosting services. More information available at: www.wapmagic.com.
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