In an initiative to promote the adoption of advanced mobile internet services in the Middle East, network provider Etisalat and handset manufacturer have Nokia announced a joint effort to provide access to advanced mobile Internet based services such as maps, navigation and games.
These services will be provided via the mobile network operator’s infrastructure directly to Nokia mobile devices.
The United Arab Emirates will be the first country in the Middle East and Africa to roll out this service during Q2, 2009, while the cooperation will be extended to other Etisalat operations in the Middle East and Africa in due course.
Says Essa Al Haddad, Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat: “Etisalat is delighted to associate with Nokia to promote the next generation mobile Internet services in the Middle East. Etisalat strives to offer the best mobile experience to its customers, while providing them the benefits of convenience, coverage and value. Through this association, Etisalat customers will be able to enjoy advanced services like Mobile gaming and Ovi maps, on Etisalat’s widespread and reliable network, that covers the whole UAE for 2G and 2.5 G and 99% of populated areas for 3.5G networks.”
“We also look forward to extending this association to all our subsidiaries to boost the adoption of mobile Internet services across the region,” added Al Haddad.
Etisalat’s UAE mobile customers will be able to access Ovi Maps and N-Gage Games on their Nokia devices, through an easy and convenient payment mechanism. Subscribers to Ovi Maps and purchasers of N-Gage games can now choose to combine their payments for these advanced mobile internet based services with their Etisalat account.
Ovi allows easy access to Nokia services like maps, navigation, games, messaging and music, as well as the ability to manage, sync and share personal files or information.
Says Urpo Karjalainen, Senior Vice President, Operator Sales, Nokia: “We are excited to be further promoting our good cooperation with Etisalat. As market leaders, this agreement allows us to combine great services with ease of accessibility to provide consumers with a seamless user experience. Nokia will continue to improve the way people discover and use our services through Ovi, as we continue to add new elements and services. Our focus is on building the best possible experiences and giving our consumers the choice to access them the way they choose.”