CEBIT - Deutsche Telekom shows mobile portal

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With a view to exploiting the multimedia potential of 3G (third-generation) wireless service, German telecommunication giant Deutsche Telekom AG (DT) is demonstrating a new portal offering access to content including news, financial data, travel, sports, and entertainment.

Board Chairman Ron Sommer demonstrated the prototype service on a handheld device here Monday, as the Bonn-based company started its presence at the huge annual IT trade show CeBIT.

The portal's five content areas, which the company calls "T-Zones," will be accessible via mobile phones based on the current standards WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) or GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), or via handheld devices tapping into a LAN, said Sommer.

But more importantly, said Sommer, "This is the strategy of (DT wireless subsidiary) T-Mobile (International AG), with which we also want to lay the groundwork for the future success of UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System)." UMTS is the next-generation wireless technology currently under construction in Europe.

The service is scheduled to be launched to consumers in Germany in May or June, said J

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