Nokia and France Telecom sign an integration and hosting contract
Nokia supports France Telecom in launching the Orange branded “Mon PC à distance” service
December 07, 2006 - Espoo, Finland - Nokia and France Telecom have signed a contract that will see Nokia integrate a customized remote content service and related platforms into the operator’s network. Nokia will also host the commercial service, thus enabling France Telecom to roll out the solution more quickly and efficiently.
The service, developed with France Telecom according to its broad market and customer understanding, will enable France Telecom’s Orange mobile customers to remotely access their personal photos, videos and music stored on their PC at home, as well as to watch, view and listen to them from anywhere on their Orange mobile device. The service marks the first convergent application implemented by Nokia to France Telecom.
“Mon PC à distance” users simply need to download client software from Orange’s web site to their PCs at home. No specific client is needed on their mobile devices. Indeed, any mobile device having standard browsing and multimedia capabilities is compatible with “my remote PC” service, although the advanced browsing, image and sound capabilities of the Nokia Nseries will leverage this new exciting “place & time shift” experience even further.
“People nowadays have a lot of personal content stored in their home PC’s, such as videos, photos, music and office documents. Our new HomeZone service enables people to access this content anytime and anywhere,” says Laurence Thouveny, Vice President HomeZone, France Telecom NExT Marketing. “Nokia is a trusted provider of systems integration and hosting services, able to support us for the launch of new and innovative services.”
“Mon PC à distance” was first launched on the 16th of November 2006 in France, from where the solution can be rolled out into other France Telecom affiliates internationally. Nokia will provide France Telecom with consulting and integration, as well as hosting and maintenance services.
“Cost and complexity are challenges that operators face when launching and managing new services. There is a growing demand for us to help them avoid costly and risky investments and bring the services faster to market. Nokia Mobility Hosting aims at eliminating the risks and giving operators the confidence to explore and discover new revenue streams,” says Ronan Trébaol, Partnership Project Director, Networks, Nokia. “We are pleased to support France Telecom in offering a new generation of mobile services to change people’s everyday lives.”
With its in-depth understanding of operators’ business and networks expertise, Nokia Consulting & Integration (C&I) helps operators to differentiate and introduce new services to market more quickly, ensure quality of experience and help drive customer loyalty by providing consulting and professional services in the areas of network design, service management and performance, and service delivery solutions. Nokia C&I has completed more than 350 systems integration projects globally.
Hosting is one of the many tools that Nokia can offer operators to help grow their business and manage their costs in the face of ever-toughening competition and growing technological complexity. With its proven track record in managing networks on behalf of operators around the world, Nokia is able to support operators to enhance their service offerings and reduce costs. Nokia is a major player in the Managed Services business with close to 60 managed services contracts globally.
About France Telecom
France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, serves more than 153 million customers on five continents (220 countries or territories) as of September 30, 2006 and had consolidated sales of 49 billion euros by IFRS standards in 2005 (38.4 billion euros for the year-to-date at September 30, 2006). Launched in June 2005, the NExT program (New Experience in Telecommunications) will allow the Group to pursue its transformation as an integrated operator and to make France Telecom the benchmark for new telecommunications services in Europe. On June 2006, Orange thus became the Group’s single brand for Internet, television and mobile in France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Spain, and Orange Business Services the brand name for the services offered to businesses worldwide. France Telecom is number two mobile operator and provider of Internet services in Europe and amongst the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies. France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris Eurolist market and on the New York Stock Exchange.
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