Sunday, April 26, 2009

Etisalat and Nokia Collaborate on Mobile Apps

Etisalat and Nokia announced a joint collaboration to provide advanced mobile Internet based services based on the Ovi platform in the Middle East. These services include maps, navigation and games on Nokia devices.

In the first phase of the collaboration, Etisalat's UAE mobile customers will gain access to Ovi Maps and N-Gage Games on their Nokia devices through a payment mechanism linked to their Etisalat account. The payment will be directed to their account automatically, if chosen accordingly, while customers will also have the existing option of paying through their credit cards.

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.

Etisalat operates in 18 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa, servicing over 74m customers. It also has Points of Presence (PoP) in New York, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and Singapore providing a truly global reach. In addition to being the UAE's telecom provider, Etisalat has now expanded to manage and operate telecom companies in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Pakistan, Tanzania, Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Niger, Togo, Republic of Central Africa, Ivory Coast, Nigeria , Indonesia, Iran and Afghanistan.