| Nokia and Elisa announced today that they will carry out a pilot of Nokia's new N-Gage mobile gaming service. The pilot will start in February 2007 and run until mid 2007. |
"The core of the Nokia games strategy is to make it easy for people to find, buy and play great quality mobile games and we're excited to expand our relationship with Elisa to help make this possible," said Jaakko Kaidesoja, Director, Games, Multimedia, Nokia. "This pilot will help us further refine the N-Gage experience for our commercial launch later this year."
"Our goal is to give our customers a new and unique experience they cannot get anywhere else," said Mikko Mattinen, Head of Department, Consumer Customers Products, Content services, Elisa Corporation.
"People who enjoy mobile games are often the same customers who enjoy experimenting with new mobile services and content. Elisa can provide a wide range of content and services to meet their needs."
Elisa will combine its existing mobile gaming platform with the Nokia N-Gage gaming platform and carry out intensive testing and evaluation in a live network environment. Nokia and Elisa will work together to bring a superior mobile gaming experience for Elisa customers. Nokia device owners can look forward to improved game quality, outstanding performance and an intuitive way to get games.
With the scheduled launch in mid 2007, Nokia's next generation mobile gaming platform makes it easy for people to find, buy, play and share rich and immersive games on a range of Nokia devices. Elisa intends to support the launch with a full service offering through its own portals in addition to the N-Gage application installed on Nokia devices.
About Elisa Corporation
Elisa is a leading Finnish communications and ICT solutions company offering a comprehensive range of communications services, including voice and data services, connections to the internet, customised ICT solutions and network operator services. Elisa is a forerunner of new mobile and content services.
Elisa is listed on the Helsinki Exchanges, and its revenue in 2006 amounted to 1.52 billion euros. Elisa has over 1.3 million fixed network subscriptions, of which over 496,000 are broadband subscriptions. As a broadband provider, Elisa is the market leader in Finland. The company's mobile network holds approximately 2,2 million subscriptions. The company has approximately 3,600 employees.
Elisa offers internet and telecommunications services by Elisa, Saunalahti and Kolumbus trademarks. Elisa provides international services in association with its partners, Vodafone and Telenor.