Telefónica Móviles Makes Internet Services Pact

PARIS (01/25/2000) - Spanish mobile phone network operator Telefónica Móviles is to expand its range of information services delivered by WAP (Wireless Applications Protocol) -- although few users are yet able to access the services.

The new services will be offered through a partnership with sister company Terra Networks SA, which offers Internet access in Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Peru, the companies said in a statement.

They will be accessible through a portal service, Oleada (http://www.oleada.com/), jointly operated by Telefónica Móviles and Terra Networks.

The planned new services include entertainment listings, financial information, an on-line diary and chat forums.

Telefónica Móviles already offered a range of WAP services, said company spokesperson Rachel Rojo, but few users could access them because of the shortage of WAP-enabled phones in the market. The company is waiting for delivery of such phones in large numbers, she said, and expects to be able to offer WAP services to a wider audience in mid-February.

Terra Networks SA is a subsidiary of Telefónica SA of Madrid, and can be found on the Web at http://www.terra.es/. Telefónica Móviles is Telefónica's mobile communications subsidiary, and can be found on the Web at http://www.tsm.es/.

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