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Norwegian Group Launches WAP Portal

[June 8] Norwegian technology group IT Media announced Thursday a new business-to-business WAP and wireless Web portal for the U.K.

The site, www.wapland.com, has been produced for people who want information about Internet services running over Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). It will carry details of all the latest products from such manufacturers as Nokia and Ericsson, with indepedent reviews, plus news of the latest applications.

IT Media General Manager Arve Stolann said he thought the timing was just right for www.wapland.com as WAP and wireless Internet were on the leading edge of the online revolution.

"It's very fast moving with new PTTs and other players entering all the time with new services and new hardware. www.wapland.com cuts through the hype and gives businesses the desktop access and analysis they need to keep track of developments and help them identify potential product and service partners," said Stolann.

Among information feeds already in place on the site is coverage of Japan's popular I-Mode which is being hailed as a model for other WAP projects. Also covered in depth are Motorola's WAP strategy, m-commerce, the development of WAP patents, and WAP-based stock market trading.

IT Media launched a Norwegian-language version of the site in February, 2000. It has since become the leading wireless web portal in Norway with 260,000 page views to date.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of U.K. company eHolding, IT Media also publishes Reply, a bi-monthly consumer magazine on mobile telephony and the Internet, and the weekly IT newspaper Telecom Revy.