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Nokia and Orange enter software platform collaboration
S60 software on Symbian OS chosen as a preferred software platform
The focus of the collaboration is to create an Orange specific software package to complement S60 software on Symbian OS and to accelerate the Orange device customization process. This will in turn help S60 device manufacturers, who will benefit from greater cost efficiency and shorter time-to-market. Joint activities will include creating synergies between S60 and Orange roadmaps, and testing Orange specific software assets and application development in cooperation with the Orange Partner organisation and Forum Nokia, Nokia's global developer program.
"This announcement is part of Orange's ongoing Signature strategy, which is aimed at delivering a consistent customer experience across our range of devices," said Yves Maitre, Vice President, Devices, Orange. "By working with Nokia and S60 on Symbian OS we plan to bring increased consistency and efficiency to our signature customization process. This benefits both handset manufactures and customers through an enhanced service experience and faster time to market."
"The collaboration is an example of the depth of our relationship with Orange," said Matti Vänskä, Vice President, Mobile Software Sales and Marketing, Nokia. "It also demonstrates S60 software's ability to respond to various market requirements and further strengthens S60 software's position in the market. At the same time it reinforces the role of S60 software on Symbian OS for device creation and enables innovation from software developers."
According to Canalys research (July, 2006), S60 is the clear leader in smartphone software with over 50% market share globally. Nokia alone has cumulatively shipped more than 70 million S60 enabled devices. To date, 44 devices based on S60 and Symbian OS have been launched, 15 of which are based on S60 3rd Edition.
The S60 built on Symbian OS is the leading smartphone software in the world and is licensed by some of the foremost mobile phone manufacturers in the market. The flexibility of the S60 software allows for various hardware designs and software configurations. This is demonstrated through the multitude of S60 devices already available on the market. Through its award-winning user interface, extensive support for new mobile services and the innovation potential for partner solutions, the S60 provides an open and scalable business opportunity for mobile operators and 3rd party developers. For further information about S60 news and community, please visit www.s60.com.
Orange is a key brand of the France Telecom Group, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with 149 million customers on five continents.
In June, 2006, as part of the France Telecom Group integrated operator strategy (NExT programme) to deliver simple, convergent products, Orange became the single brand for mobile, broadband and multiplay offers in France, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands, strengthening Orange's position as the number two mobile and internet services brand in Europe. In addition, Orange Business Services became the new banner for business communications solutions and services. Orange Business Services is present in 166 countries and territories and serves customers in 220.
The France Telecom Group has 23 mobile and nine internet operations across the world. At July 27, 2006, the group had 88.6 million mobile customers, and 11.9 million internet customers.
Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Personal Communications Services Limited. Further information about Orange can be found on the Orange website at www.orange.com.
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