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Nokia, Viag Interkom Alliance Opens Cell Phone Internet

Nokia and European mobile operator Viag Interkom this week signed on a joint venture that will allow Internet access through cellular telephones utilizing the general packet radio service (Gprs) network.

The service, according to Nokia Italia, will go into effect by the end of the year.

Under the agreement, Viag Interkom will be provided a system through the Nokia Sgsn (Serving Gprs Support Node), the Nokia Ggsn (Gateway gprs support node), and the Nokia Cg (charging gateway), as well as the IP technology necessary to implement the Gprs network.

The technology required to integrate these technologies into existing network infrastructures will also be provided by Nokia.

Viag Interkom has already implemented a pre-commercial hardware system to facilitate the new technology. As a result of this agreement, Viag Interkom will be able to provide mobile phone Internet access to its customers, including data transmission through pre-paid services, through the European Gsm network.

This service could also be expanded though Viag Interkom's join venture companies, Viag Ag, British Telecom and Telenor.