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.

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