Hong Kong, China – Mobile operator CSL and Nokia today jointly announced the commercial launch of Asia’s first video sharing service in Hong Kong enabled by Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and systems integration services. At a press conference, CSL and Nokia demonstrated video sharing service using the Nokia N70, the 3G Series 60 smartphone with 2 megapixel camera and a full set of Nokia Nseries features.
The service launch affirms CSL and Nokia’s leading position in bringing innovative mobile services to the end-users. This milestone service also demonstrates Nokia’s end-to-end capability in enabling operators to differentiate and offer a variety of services on the fiercely competitive Hong Kong telecommunication market.
Video sharing is a multimedia service that allows users to view live or prerecorded video during a normal voice call on their mobile phones. Both the caller and the receiver can watch the same video and discuss it, and then end the video sharing without ending the voice call. Video sharing is based on standardized 3GPP IMS and IETF technologies, and its specifications are available at Forum Nokia.
“We are pleased to announce another notable first – being Asia’s first mobile operator to introduce the 3G video sharing service to our customers. Video sharing is a natural expansion of voice calls and an advancement of normal video calls,” said Hubert Ng, Chief Executive Officer of CSL. “The introduction of video sharing service during a voice call is a key evolutionary step for 3G video services. We believe that the 3G video sharing service will become one of the most popular services among consumers. It will also help corporate customers to enhance the efficiency of their business operations.”
“We are very pleased to continue our long-term and successful cooperation with CSL and join hands to achieve another important milestone in Asia’s mobile telecommunications industry through the commercial launch of video sharing service,” said Wei Yuan, Vice President of Networks, Nokia China. “Nokia is well prepared to cooperate with innovative industry players like CSL in shaping the future of mobile multimedia communications.”
Nokia’s complete end-to-end solution for IMS-based multimedia includes the Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem solution with open IMS Service Control (ISC) interface towards application servers and Series 60 devices supporting downloadable SIP clients. Nokia has over 30 Nokia IMS references, including 10 commercial deals.
CSL is a pioneer in the mobile communications market in Hong Kong. The Company launched its mobile services in 1983, and today operates a world-class GSM / WCDMA network through its mobile brands: 1O1O and One2Free. Pioneer to introduce HSCSD, GPRS, EDGE, MMS and video sharing service the Company launched 3G and Wi-Fi Service In December 2004. CSL is 100% owned by Telstra. For more information about CSL, please visit www.hkcsl.com
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.
Nokia is committed to long-term development and preferred partnership in China. With strong local R&D, manufacturing and innovative technologies, Nokia has continuously strengthened its market position in China as a leading supplier of mobile terminals and mobile networks. Nokia is the largest exporter in the Chinese mobile telecommunications industry. Nokia has six R&D units, four manufacturing sites and widespread operations in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The total number of Nokia employees in China area is over 5,600. www.nokia.com.cn
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Notes to the Editor
The Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem uses SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) to establish IP communication sessions between terminals. The SIP session can then be used to carry any IP traffic, such as Voice over IP (VoIP), presence-enabled instant messaging, conferencing, multiplayer gaming or push-based content sharing. The Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem has a 3GPP-standardized IMS Service Control (ISC) interface, which allows open connectivity towards SIP application servers. This allows operators to rapidly and cost-efficiently expand their IMS-based application portfolio themselves or by connecting third-party applications to the system. IMS system is equally applicable for both fixed and mobile networks.