OSKAR’S WAP PLATFORM SUPPORTS ERICSSON
Oskar’s WAP (Wireless Applications Protocol) platform was used publicly for the first time during presentation of Ericsson’s new WAP applications at the 8th Annual GSM in Central and Eastern Europe Conference. The WAP services, presented on the new Ericsson R380 terminal, include news, entertainment and travel information. Oskar will introduce its WAP services including user-friendly applications later this year together with WAP’s commercial launch. “Yesterday’s presentation closed the last phase of implementing and testing our WAP platform technology.” says Jon Eddy, Oskar’s Chief Technical Officer.
“Yesterday’s presentation closed the last phase of implementing and testing our WAP platform technology.” says Jon Eddy, Oskar’s Chief Technical Officer. “Oskar will soon be able to bring even more comfort to your life with its new convenient services.”
The WAP platform is being introduced only 6 months after Oskar’s commercial launch and, after undergoing stringent trial testing. The WAP platform is being prepared for further integration with the GPRS technology.
”We can see an increasing interest for WAP services on the Czech market” says Gunnar Wellander Technical Manager of Ericsson spol s.r.o. “Future higher data rates based on GPRS and the “always connected, always on line”-concept will open the market for even more applications.”
Cesky Mobil became the third mobile network operator in the Czech Republic after being granted a GSM 900/1800 dual band license by the Czech government in October 1999 and launched commercial operations on March 1, 2000 under the brand name Oskar. As of August 2nd there were 100.000 Oskar subscribers. The network covers over 88%of the Czech population and over 99% of the main highways in the country.
Canadian-based Telesystem International Wireless (TIW) is the managing shareholder of Cesky Mobil. TIW is a rapidly growing, global mobile communications operator with over 2.9 million subscribers, in four dynamic geographic clusters. The Company's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TIW") and NASDAQ ("TIWI").
TIW is deploying a pan-European digital specialized mobile radio (ESMR) network through its subsidiary Dolphin Telecom plc. Dolphin currently offers ESMR services in the United Kingdom, in addition to analog SMR services in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Portugal.
In addition to its Dolphin operations, TIW is the strategic and operating partner of Brazil’s fifth largest cellular group with operations in four regions. In Central and Eastern Europe, TIW is the cellular market leader in Romania and recently launched services in the Czech Republic following its award of a GSM 900/1800 dual band license.