The first localized pilot versions of the portal are now being launched in Denmark, Finland and the U.K., with commercial roll-out in those countries.
The Speedy Tomato portals will offer personalized calendaring, address books and e-mail access via a mobile phone, as well as news and advertising from companies selected by individual users. Some of the services can also be accessed over SMS (short message service), a technology supported by most of the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) handsets on the market today. Users with WAP-enabled handsets will be able to access a broader range of services.
“The launch of Speedy Tomato is important for our international strategy. We shall offer Europe our experience as technical inventor and entrepreneur”, says Jan-Ake Kark, CEO of Telia.
Telia is controlled by the Swedish Government and has traded on the Stock Exchange in Stockholm since May 2000.