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WAP Delivers Mobile Office

[Sydney, AUSTRALIA] Telstra has released a package of WAP applications designed to keep mobile workers in touch with the office.

The mobile network has partnered with software provider Entellect to launch Mobile Office for WAP-enabled mobile phones, providing access to MS Outlook and Exchange Server information including e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks and notes.

Mobile Office allows corporate clients to be accessible anywhere and at anytime to send, receive, forward and reply to MS Outlook e-mails, including the ability to view attachments and forward them to a fax machine.

Telstra's first corporate wireless initiative is enabling up to 1500 Telstra employees with Mobile Office for internal use.

Mike Nash, Joint CEO of Entellect said the he belived working with Telstra has enabled the two to produce the first "useful" corporate mobile application. "WAP isn't about surfing the Internet, it's about getting access to information you really need, when you really need it."

Telstra OnAir's general manager of business solutions Doug Reid said more corporate clients found it necessary to stay in touch as they carried out business away from the office. "The fact that executives no longer need to carry a laptop, Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) and mobile phone but can use their WAP enabled handsets for voice and data communications is a huge breakthrough," Mr. Reid said.

Entellect Solutions is also working with Microsoft Australia in an arrangement that will drive the future of Mobile Office as Microsoft's new wireless solutions are released to the market early next year.

The arrangement between Entellect solutions and Microsoft ensures that Mobile Office becomes a Microsoft BackOffice certified product as well as support future Microsoft products and platforms including Microsoft Exchange 2000 and Mobile Information 2001 Server, providing Microsoft and Telstra customers with advanced solutions to support their remote business.

Telstra and Entellect are also working closely with Motorola to provide wireless solutions to KPMG Consulting. Using Telstra mobile carriage and wireless infrastructure, WAP handsets from Motorola and solutions such as Mobile Office, KPMG Consulting looks to be one of Australia's first major corporates to recognise the enteprise value of wireless technologies.