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Microsoft, Korea Telecom Discuss Wireless Data Services

Korea Telecom Freetel (KT Freetel) and Microsoft Corp. have agreed to discuss ways to develop and deploy wireless Internet and corporate data services for businesses and consumers in Korea.

The two companies plan to converse on the development of a standards-based Internet and corporate service platform based on Microsoft's products such as the Windows NT Server operating system, Microsoft Commercial Internet System (MCIS), and Microsoft Exchange.

KT Freetel is also interested in working out arrangements to provide its 3.5 million wireless subscribers with Microsoft's microbrowser technology for handsets and a customized, co-branded wireless portal.

"Microsoft believes strongly in enabling people to access their information any time and anywhere, and wireless technologies are a key part of making this vision a reality," said Thomas Koll, vice president, Network Solutions Group, Microsoft.

"Entering into this discussion with Korea Telecom Freetel is a tremendous step forward in helping to deliver new network services to a broad range of customers in Korea," added Koll.

"Korea Telecom Freetel believes that wireless data services are key not only to helping people access information any time and anywhere, but also to retaining subscribers in this competitive arena, through our SMS-based data services, Handynet," said Kun Ho Chun, executive vice president, New Product Development Office, Korea Telecom Freetel.

"Our next step is to expand the customer base and provide more standards-based, integrated wireless data services," commented Kun Ho Chun.