Telstra has announced it aims to make Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)-based services available to its mobile customers by the end of the year.
WAP is the global de facto standard for bringing Internet services to mobiles.
Up until now Telstra has been trialling the technology. However, yesterday the carrier announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with CNN Interactive services, which will see Telstra offer US-based CNN's mobile news service to mobile phone consumers via WAP.
Telstra hopes to launch the new service by the end of this year. Precise timing of the rollout will depend on when WAP handsets become commercially available, said Virginia Murphy, public relations manager, Mobiles, Telstra.
"Telstra's agreement with CNN Mobile confirms our commitment to the development of both WAP technology and applications and ensure our customers have access to the most innovative and relevant services whilst mobile," said Jonathan Marchbank, managing director, Mobiles, Telstra.
"In the future, we expect WAP will provide not only interaction with Internet-based information, such as transport timetables, flight arrival and departures, and telephone directory information service, but also users will be able to check bank accounts and carry out transactions as well as gain access to online ticketing with airlines," Marchbank said.
Meanwhile, Telstra has licensed software from Phone.com that will enable it to deliver Internet-based services to WAP-capable mobile telephones.
"Telstra chose to partner with Phone.com because their technology solutions will enable us to quickly develop and deploy new services," said Marchbank.