Skip to main content
Non-financial boards have been closed.

Non-financial boards have been closed but will continue to be accessible in read-only form. If you're disappointed, we understand. Thank you for being an active participant in this community. We have more community features in development that we look forward to sharing soon. | The Motley Fool Community
Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 0
Nokia gets into wireless entertainment.

Does this make sense?


Friday October 8, 9:04 am Eastern Time

Company Press Release

Nokia Announces Piloting of Mobile Entertainment Services - M1
in Singapore First to Sign Pilot Agreement

HELSINKI, Finland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 8, 1999--The mobile life style and fragmented free time of consumers today will create an
exciting new business opportunity within the field of Mobile Entertainment services. Mobile Entertainment offers outstanding opportunities for
extra revenue generation for operators, with possibilities to increase traffic in network, reduce churn and attract new users.

The Mobile Entertainment services are based on the Mobile Entertainment solution, which will be introduced to cellular network operators at
Telecom '99. The Mobile Entertainment solution uses standard WAP 1.1. features in delivering attractive mobile entertainment. Game
applications are not contained within the mobile phone but run on a server and can be accessed using WAP enabled terminals, such as the
Nokia 7110.

The Mobile Entertainment solution delivers exciting interactive games, ranging from traditional board games to thrilling adventure games. It offers
the player the unique and fascinating feature of multi-player interactivity, where he can choose to compete with players he selects or to play with
anyone who is connected to the mobile entertainment services.

``Nokia is a key player in the mobile infrastructure and handset markets, where value-added data services are a fast growing and very exciting
area. WAP is the first technology to enable offering of mobile entertainment by providing transparency of services over different network
technologies and handsets. Our Mobile Entertainment solution is developed to connect game players on the move and to stimulate network
usage. ', Says vice president Pertti Lounamaa, Nokia Wireless Software Solutions.

The first piloting agreement has been signed with M1 in Singapore. The pilot service is expected to be available in Singapore by early next year.
``The area of mobile entertainment and games is largely unexplored and offers a huge potential for M1 to introduce services to complement the
lifestyles of the modern day consumers. We have a segment of young and trendy customers who are quick to adopt the latest technology, and
mobile games and entertainment appeal strongly to those who don't want to be restricted in where and when they can indulge. What's going to
be very interesting is that you can pit your wit and skills against your friends or if you like, complete strangers from around the world,' said M1's
CEO, Neil Montefiore.

At Telecom '99 the features of Mobile Entertainment are demonstrated with different types of game applications, that are supported with an
imaginary games site on the Internet. Introduction to playing mobile games as well as information, rules and other instructions about the games
are shown on the Internet site. For playing the games only a WAP enabled mobile terminal, like the Nokia 7110, is required.

About Nokia

Nokia is paving the way to the mobile information society with its innovative products and solutions. 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 totaled 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 51 000 people.

Nokia Wireless Software Solutions, part of the Nokia Internet Communications unit, focuses on the development of WAP technology and
mobile solutions and applications for corporations and service providers, as well as mobile software platforms for software developers and
system integrators. Internet: and

About WAP

The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is an open de-facto standard for Internet content and advanced telephony services in digital mobile
phones and other wireless terminals. The standard 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. The WAP Forum, which now has over 180 members, has published a global wireless protocol specification for all wireless
networks. The WAP-Forum is open to all participants.
Print the post  


When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.