Orange and Nokia to extend Ovi across the United Kingdom and France
London, UK - Orange and Nokia today announced a new integrated Ovi service that widens the developer ecosystem and gives Orange customers using Nokia handsets easier access to more content. Orange is integrating Ovi content with the best of its apps from the Orange Application Shop to give customers simpler, more secure access to a wider range of content and services, creating one easy and seamless experience. Nokia's Ovi Store with Orange will be accessible by Orange customers in the UK and France in 2011.
Orange is working with Nokia to create a single sign-on for customers on a range of new handsets that simplifies the registration and purchasing process. Customers that purchase a Nokia device in the Orange Signature range will enjoy a wider range of local content and apps, sourced through the Orange developer community, and accessible through the Ovi Store with Orange. Access is simple, not requiring any additional registrations. For simplicity and convenience, customers will be able to buy any app from the Ovi Store on their Orange bill.
"Orange is always striving to create a great mobile multimedia experience for customers. To be successful, access to content must be simple, seamless and secure. That is why we are extending our partnership with Nokia, combining innovation to create an intelligent platform that brings an enhanced experience to our customers. By joining the best of both worlds and creating this new service, we believe Orange and Nokia together will bring significant benefits to both our customers and developers," said Paul Francois Fournier, Executive Vice President, Internet Services, Orange.
"Our data shows that two out of every three Ovi Store users choose the simplicity of operator billing when purchasing content. By offering more locally relevant content and the most convenient way to pay for it, we believe Nokia's Ovi Store with Orange will be a hit with consumers and provide developers with additional revenue opportunities," said Marco Argenti, Vice President of Media, Nokia.
Nokia and Orange will be engaging with third party developers on content creation for the Ovi Store during an Orange Partner Developer Day on September 17th in London.
For more information on this Developer Day visit www.orangepartner.com
At Nokia, we are committed to connecting people. We combine advanced technology with personalized services that enable people to stay close to what matters to them. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people connect to one another with a Nokia device - from mobile phones to advanced smartphones and high-performance mobile computers. Today, Nokia is integrating its devices with innovative services through Ovi (www.ovi.com), including music, maps, apps, email and more. Nokia's NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive digital mapping and navigation services, while Nokia Siemens Networks provides equipment, services and solutions for communications networks globally.
Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators. With almost 131 million customers, the Orange brand covers internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates. At the end of 2009, France Telecom had sales of 44.8 billion euros (22.1 billion euros for the first half of 2010). At 30 June 2010, the Group had a total customer base of 182 million customers in 32 countries. These include 123.1 million mobile customers and 13.2 million broadband internet (ADSL) customers worldwide. Orange is the number three mobile operator and the number three provider of broadband internet services in Europe and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.
With its industrial project, "conquests 2015", Orange is simultaneously addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the Group will build its future growth; through the Group's ambition to offer a superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and through the acceleration of international development
France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.
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