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Nokia Opens the First 3G Applications Centre in Hong Kong
Posted: 12-Mar-2001 [Source: Nokia press release]

[Centre to promote and accelerate development of mobile applications in Hong Kong.]

Collaborating with the local industry to build a wireless future by developing and driving the growth of next-generation mobile multimedia applications.

Nokia announced today the opening of the first 3G Applications Centre in Hong Kong. The 3G Applications Centre in Hong Kong has been established to support local industry in fostering early and rapid development of end-to-end mobile multimedia applications.

This initiative is part of Nokia's overall activities in stimulating the creation of new mobile applications, and in working closely with major industry players, such as the mobile network operators and service providers.

A fully-fledged test and development facilities are available including various platform architectures and enabling technologies on Mobile e-Commerce, Location Services, Mobile Messaging, Mobile Entertainment, Mobile Internet and Billing Solution with open protocols and application interfaces. Mobile testing environments for 3G, GPRS, TETRA and Broadband Systems are equipped to provide completely live working conditions. In addition, the Centre will be linked up with other Nokia applications centres for the sharing of application technology and know-how.

In relation to the 3G Applications Centre, Nokia promotes Nokia Developer NetPoint, accessible via Forum Nokia, www.forum.nokia.com. Nokia Developer NetPoint is a developer alliance targeted at application developers, content providers and content facilitators who are looking for business-to-business opportunities especially with operators and service providers with and through Nokia. Developer NetPoint members are offered early access to Nokia's Mobile Internet solutions. New application development environments, tools and support will be provided with possibilities for marketing and business services.

"The early and rapid development of mobile multimedia applications in fast growing economies like Hong Kong are crucial in building a wireless future," said Jonathan Yip, General Manager of Nokia Networks, Nokia (HK) Ltd, "We believe that Nokia's leading-edge technology and open standard architectures together with the innovativeness of the local industry and the developer community will form a winning combination. The Nokia's 3G Applications Centre will further accelerate the development of mobile applications in Hong Kong, and strengthen our leadership position in the Mobile Information Society."

In 3G, the convergence of voice and data in a multimedia perspective will stimulate and change the way in which mobile services are created. Today, service creation focuses on network technology. In 3G, applications will be driven by lifestyle and personalisation.

"As we see applications will drive the future growth of 3G, this new 3G Applications Centre will take a leading role to orchestrate the creation of mobile services in the region," said Kenny Hung, Manager, Mobile Internet Applications of Nokia Networks, Nokia (HK) Ltd, "With this 3G Applications Centre, the development of emerging mobile multimedia applications for 3G can start now."

Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on six major exchanges.

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