NEC Corporation announced today that its mobile internet Platform and i-mode(TM) mobile handset commenced operation at Telefonica Moviles Espana (TME)’s “e-mocion” service started from June 26th 2003. TME and NEC, via its subsidiary NEC Iberica, have entered into an agreement for the supply of a mobile multimedia platform system with a view to develop i-mode services as one of the attractive service menus among e-mocion. Telefonica Moviles Espana is the Spanish leading mobile telephony company, with more than 18.7 million subscribers in Spain.
The platform developed by NEC is composed of a set of gateway systems which enable Telefonica Moviles’ customers to gain easy and quick access to i-mode services on the GPRS, and mail-servers which enables the customer to enjoy multimedia messaging service.
To provide attractive mobile internet services for both 2.5G and 3G, NEC is to expand mobile multimedia platform business, targeting European and the other areas of mobile operators in the world who wish to gain stronger customers’ satisfaction and to increase revenue. NEC plans to add mobile applications lineup and believes to acquire the leading position in the mobile internet market.
NEC’s new i-mode mobile handset “N341i” is compact and striking with a stylish fold-form design with 2.2 inch high color LCD (TFD) screen and built-in antenna, and the handset features an integrated camera. N341i also features the second screen on the handset’s top fold and can be easily customized according the owners setting such as a clock, picture and displaying caller’s identity. Developed based on expertise in mobile internet market in Japan and Europe, “N341i” is most suitable for using mobile internet applications and rich content. NEC is to sell the new N341i to other i-mode service providers in the world.