In November 2005, at Galicia, Spain, seven VO70 boats will line up on the starting line. They will compete during the following eight months, covering 31,000 nautical miles of the globe's most treacherous seas and visiting ten ports around the world. During the race, immediate reports from each of the crews will be delivered daily as MMS and SMS alerts, radio and video clips, streaming and mobile blogs, to subscribers' mobile phones.
Johan Bergendahl, Vice President, Marketing, Ericsson, says: "It is about delivering the adventure and excitement of the Volvo Ocean Race experience - right to your hand, whenever and wherever you are. It is also about being able to understand how to maximise the capabilities of the mobile channel in the most attractive way to the end user, while using a delivery capability that is commercially attractive and tremendously efficient for operators and media companies to leverage.
"Ericsson can deliver on the opportunity today using its content and applications offering, which is commercially available throughout the world via Ericsson global hosting centres."
Glenn Bourke, CEO, Volvo Ocean Race, says: "For the first time in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race, people can be part of the race 24 hours a day via their mobile phones, getting the true feeling of the race. The portal gives consumers immediate access to experience the race on their own terms."
The portal is integrated and hosted by Ericsson under a managed services agreement and operators can quickly introduce the Volvo Ocean race service under their own brands. The portal can be part of operators' existing portals or used as a stand-alone service.
The race content and the day-to-day maintenance are managed from Ericsson's operation centre in Dallas, US. Also included are systems integration of the portal into the different operator environments and distribution and digital rights management.
Ericsson's hosting solutions for enablers, content and applications are a part of its industry leading managed services offering, where operators are offered content packages for mobile portals within five different categories - music, multiplayer gaming, video and multimedia subscriptions and downloads. Operators can offer consumers a series of portals pre-packaged with content from different Ericsson partners.
The Volvo Ocean Race has taken place every four years since its inception in 1973. For more info please visit: www.volvooceanrace.org
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