Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Napster (NASDAQ:NAPS) today announced an agreement with Portuguese operator TMN for the music service Napster Mobile.
Napster Mobile gives TMN Portugal's subscribers access to more than 2 million full-length tracks from the Napster catalogue in the palms of their hands. They will also have access to Ericsson-aggregated personalization content.
Zeinal Bava, President of TMN Portugal, says: "Napster Mobile - with the well-known Napster brand - is an attractive offering that we are pleased to include in our portfolio. Ericsson offered us an easy, cost-efficient and quick way to launch the service through its hosted offering, which we think is a good business model for us."
Napster Mobile allows TMN's subscribers to search, browse, preview and purchase the content of their choice via their WAP or Java-enabled phones. Other features include a recommendation engine, which suggests content based upon each individual's taste, and dual delivery, which makes sure that - when content is purchased on the phone - a copy is sent to the customer's PC.
Hans-Erhard Reiter, President, Ericsson Portugal, says: "Napster Mobile was co-developed by Ericsson and Napster, leveraging Napster's immense catalogue of more than 2 million full-length tracks and Ericsson's mobile music platform and personalization content. It's a great offer for operators and we're glad to have TMN on board."
Hosting means Ericsson will integrate and manage the round-the-clock operations of the service for TMN under a managed service agreement. The hosting business model allows operators to launch attractive new services easily and cost-efficiently, with short time-to-market.
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About TMN Portugal
Created in March 1991, TMN is a subsidiary of the Portugal Telecom Group and the leading mobile telecommunications provider in Portugal, with more than 5.4 million customers in a market of 11 million people.
As it invests in the ongoing customization of solutions for individual and professional needs, TMN's operations are driven by technological innovation and orientation towards the client, supported by constant investments to strengthen network coverage and quality of service.
TMN has a history of leading the mobile market in Portugal with attractive, advanced services. In 1995, it was the first company in the world to introduce a pre-paid service with top-up facilities, using a model that was later adopted by operators around the globe. More recently, TMN was one of the first operators in the world to offer its clients WAP and GPRS services, as well as introducing MMS and video MMS services. In April 2004, TMN made history when it became the first operator to launch a mobile video-calling service in the Portuguese market, becoming only the third operator to launch such a service in Europe. TMN has since launched several other innovative 3G and 3.5G services.
About Ericsson's managed services offering
Ericsson has the telecom industry's most comprehensive managed services offering, ranging from designing, building, operating and managing the day-to-day operations of a customer's network, to hosting service applications and enablers, as well as providing network coverage and capacity on demand. As the undisputed leader in managed services, Ericsson has officially announced more than 100 managed services contracts with operators worldwide since 2002. In all current managed services contracts, excluding hosting, Ericsson is managing networks that together serve 80 million subscribers worldwide.
Napster, the pioneer of digital music, offers the ultimate interactive music experience. With an expanding roster of offerings including free, web-based music listening and sharing, subscription and portable subscription services, and an advanced mobile music platform, Napster creates better ways to discover, share, acquire and enjoy music - anytime, anywhere. Napster is based in Los Angeles, with offices in New York, London, Frankfurt and Tokyo.