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Sweden's Telia To Roll-Out WAP Services Using Nokia Technology

Added: (Thu Nov 25 1999)

Pressbox (Press Release) - HELSINKI, Finland- Nov. 25, 1999--Telia Mobile, the largest mobile operator in the Nordic region, is to extend its WAP services after signing an agreement with Nokia for the supply of the Nokia Artus Messaging Platform.

Telia Mobile, based in Sweden, offers WAP over its MyDOF (Department of the Future) platform. DOF is a GSM subscription integrated with the Internet allowing subscribers access to a range of services including information and transactions, such as buying plane tickets using mobile phones. Telia recently launched trials of WAP services, using the Nokia 7110 media phone and Nokia's WAP Gateway.

"Telia is pleased to continue its relationship with Nokia and to be able to use the Nokia Artus Messaging Platform to facilitate additional advanced WAP services for our DOF subcribers, a futuristic platform that encompasses all the data-related services," said Stefan Fagerhall, Executive Vice President of Telia Mobile, "The underlying philosophy is to help mobile subscribers use their phones for more than just voice calls."

Nokia and Telia have been working together in the development of WAP services since 1998 using Nokia infrastructure and phones. With MyDOF, subscribers can access a comprehensive office package featuring innovative Internet-based communications solutions. Or they can access Internet services wherever they happen to be. They can also go to one central mailbox to access all types of messages, fax, SMS, voicemail and email. E-mail can be sent and retrieved directly from a mobile phone.

"By combining the Internet and mobility, we see the emergence of a mobile information society that will change the way we work and communicate today," said Seppo Rantakokko, Managing Director, Nokia Networks, Sweden. "Nokia can offer operators what few others in the industry can; a complete end-to-end WAP solution, including WAP gateways, mobile terminals, browsers, and tools for WAP -based content creation and delivery. Nokia provides a range of infrastructure products that support WAP such as the Nokia Artus Messaging Platform and the Nokia Artus USSD Center."

Telia is the leading supplier of telecom-based information services in the Nordic/Baltic region. At the same time, 'seamless' pan-European and global services are being realized through powerful alliances and partnerships in Europe and around the world. Annual turnover 1998 reached 51 240 MSEK and the number of employees amounted to approx. 30 600.

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 totalled 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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