Nokia Provides Telefónica Móviles México Technology And Presence To Launch Movistar “Contacto Directo”


‘- The new plan by Telefónica MoviStar combines the most advanced GSM technology features with voice over GPRS services utilising the Push to Talk over Cellular technology and Presence by Nokia.

– Among other features, this service has Presence solution that allows the party being called to inform the other party of their availability.

Espoo, Finland – Telefónica Móviles México, a subsidiary of Grupo Telefónica Móviles, has launched MoviStar Contacto Directo; an innovative service which allows use of PoC (Push to Talk over Cellular) technology over the Telefónica MoviStar GSM/GPRS network. Nokia is providing its complete network infrastructure solution for PoC and Presence required to launch this new service.

MoviStar Contacto Directo is targeted to the business user who requires fast and constant communications with work teams. This service allows establishing half-duplex voice links i.e. one speaks and the other listens, either for groups or one to one communication between individual users at the touch of a button. It also has enhanced Presence capability, the only one of its kind in the market, which allows the user to know the status of the phone of the person being called: active, inactive, busy, unavailable, among others; this facilitates smoother communication between users.

José Molés, General Director, Telefónica Móviles México said: “Telefónica MoviStar keeps leading the launch of new services in Mexico. We were pioneers in the introduction of SMS, EDGE, Worlwide Roaming, and now we drive the launch of Push to Talk over Cellular, that is going to facilite new communication solutions to an important group of Mexicans users. With this new service, we seek to continue responding to the needs of the corporate sector, offering the best service of voice over GSM/EDGE technology in Mexico.”

“In providing our PoC and Presence solution to Telefónica Móviles, Nokia is showing once more our commitment to introducing innovative services over the GSM/EDGE network, strengthening our position as a leader in PoC worldwide, with 20 commercial contracts to provide this technology,” added Eduardo Tur, Account Director for Telefónica Móviles México, Networks, Nokia.

The launch of this new services reaffirms Telefónica Móviles México as the mobile service provider with the most advanced technology in the country, and continues its commitment to carry on with a strong investment to develop the most advanced technology and broadest GSM coverage nationwide to a greater number of Mexicans, currently covering over 180 cities in the Mexican Republic, which will increase to 230 cities by the end of this year.

With more than 30 operator trials ongoing and commercial contracts with 20 operators, Nokia is leading the market for Push to talk over Cellular.

About Telefónica Móviles
Telefónica Móviles is the company that provides mobile telephony activities for Grupo Telefónica worldwide. Following its agreement to acquire the BellSouth operations in Latin America, it is the second biggest multinational player in the mobile arena in the world, with around 72 million customers by June, 2004, and leader in the Latin American market, with around 51 million customers in the region. Telefónica Móviles had net profits of 1,607.9 million Euros in 2003. Telefónica Móviles is listed in the Spanish and New York Stock Exchanges under TEM.

About Telefónica Móviles México
Telefónica Móviles México, S.A. de C.V., is the operating affiliate of Grupo Telefónica Móviles in the Mexican market. It has 4,5 million clients throughout the entire country and provides all its operations in Mexico under the Telefónica MoviStar trademark. Telefónica Móviles México has been recognized with the Socially Responsible Corporation Award for 2004 by the Mexican Philanthropy Center.

About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

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