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July 6, 2006
ESPOO, Finland -- Nokia will host commercial Push to talk over Cellular (PoC) and Presence services for 3 Scandinavia in Sweden and Denmark, thus allowing the operator to roll out the solution more quickly and efficiently. The service, enabling people to use their mobile phones like walkie-talkies, communicating with a selected group or with individuals at the push of a button, will be launched in September.
The agreement marks the launch of the world's first commercial Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)-compliant Push to talk over Cellular service, leveraging Nokia's leading position in GSM/WCDMA 3G-based PoC, unique experience from terminals, knowledge of consumer behavior, and systems integration. The PoC services are interoperable across all OMA-compliant wireless networks and handsets. Nokia will operate the PoC platform from its new Hosting Center to be opened in Vienna, Austria in September. Nokia will also deliver 3 Scandinavia Nokia Eseries business devices with preset PoC settings.
"After a successful push to talk trial with Nokia, we are confident in Nokia's ability to host the service for 3 allowing us to concentrate on our core business," said Jörgen Askeroth, Chief Technology Officer, 3 Scandinavia. "Arranging meetings, for example, will be cheaper and and faster by push to talk than by a regular mobile phone call."
"Nokia Mobility Hosting tackles the major challenges operators face in launching and managing as-yet unproven new services -cost, complexity, risk- and gives them the confidence to explore and discover important new revenue streams," said Patrik Sallner, Head of Hosting Service Line, Networks, Nokia. "Hosting is a rising telecoms industry trend, and an area where Nokia intends to grow."
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)
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