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Aspiro Announces Deal with LunarStorm Community

[London, ENGLAND] European mobile Internet company Aspiro announced Monday an agreement with Sweden's LunarStorm Web community to provide services worth over half a million dollars.

Run by LunarWorks, the LunarStorm community has over a quarter of million young members who meet and chat via the site. According to independent research company MediaMetrix it is Sweden's largest youth community on the Internet.

"Our studies show that there is an enormous demand among young people to be able to reach LunarStorm via mobile phones -- and soon we'll be offering a number of different mobile Internet services," said Kjell Sallen, chief executive of LunarWorks.

Lena Wittbjer, Aspiro's chief executive, said that Aspiro is selling more and more mobile Internet services to companies based outside the traditional sphere of telecommunications.

"Portals and other Internet companies need to become mobile. They represent a customer group that is becoming increasingly important to us," said Wittbjer.

Aspiro itself has been expanding beyond its home base in Sweden where it was founded in 1998, and now has offices in Luxembourg and the United States. It employs around 125 people.

The latest agreement brings Aspiro's order book to a healthy SEK 85 million (US $9.5 million), a target set earlier this year. Recently, Aspiro has shown strong growth, moving from SEK 36 million (US $4 million) in September to today's figure.

Aspiro develops complete mobile solutions ranging from pre-packaged portal services to industry-specific solutions for various organizations. It views the WAP-based mobile Internet as being just the first stage in a major revolution within communications.

Two of Aspiro's products -- Fleet Manager and City Guide -- won top prizes at the WAP Awards, held by WAP Forum and IBC. Fleet Manager won first prize for Best Use of WAP in a Business Application.