Brazilian Cellular Carrier Launches WAP Service

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (06/27/2000) - Telesp Celular Participacoes SA, which offers cellular service in Brazil's Sao Paulo state, plans to begin offering Internet services to its subscribers using WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) technology, the company announced Monday.

Telesp Celular subscribers will be able to send and receive e-mail, do online banking and access a variety of Internet-based information, such as news, the company said. The company, which is controlled by Portugal Telecom, will begin rolling out the service in July.

Subscribers will need a WAP-enabled cellular phone equipped with a Web browser.

Telesp Celular hopes to have about half a million subscribers using its wireless Internet services by the end of the year. Sao Paulo is Brazil's most populous state with about 32 million people. Telesp Celular has about 1.3 million subscribers, according to financial information firm Hoover's Inc.

Telesp Celular, based in Sao Paulo, can be reached at