To meet the demands of a growing mobile content publishing market Nokia has launched an updated Mobile Internet Toolkit (version 4.0).

This incorporates Open Mobile Alliance DRM version 1.0. Including the content publishing feature to protect the intellectual property value of applications and content is in line with a recent report from Zelos Group, which highlights integrated support for digital rights management as a crucial concern for developers and publishers.
Other improvements to the toolkit include an update manager for new tools available through the Forum Nokia website and extra support for non-Latin character encoding for Oriental and Arabic language content creation. MMS wizards also further creation in different modes, including automatic generation from SMIL content and step-by-step part selection. Lee Epting, vp and gm of Forum Nokia, stressed the increased DRM would improve "ability to generate revenues" and "make it very easy to begin developing" content on wireless networks.

One of Scandinavia's largest retail groups, Reitan Group is to acquire the region's largest mobile service provider Sense Communications following agreement by the respective boards on the terms of a final cash offer.

Reitan Group believes it can strengthen Sense Communications' existing share of the Scandinavian mobile phone market, principally by using Reitan's 2,109 stores as increased distribution opportunities and greater branding focus. In addition, Reitan's channels of distribution are expected to reduce customer acquisition costs, while its existing pre-paid services will  now be complemented by a post-paid offering.
Commenting on the offer, Magnus Reitan, Chief Financial Officer of Reitan Group, said, "Sense Communications is an established business with a large and loyal customer base.  Reitan Group is confident that its existing infrastructure will provide an ideal opportunity to further expand the customer base and grow into new markets.  Reitan believes that the deal offers a good commercial opportunity both for Sense Communications shareholders and the Reitan Group. After completion of the acquisition Reitan's mobile customer base will be in excess of 235,000, representing nearly 10% of the Norwegian market."

IN-FUSIO, the mobile games service provider for operators in Europe and China, has announced new user figures that demonstrate the growing importance and the ARPU generating capability of its mobile games services.

IN-FUSIO now has over 3,350,000 players registered worldwide and has accumulated 7,000,000 game down-loads. This means a new player joins every five seconds and one download is made every four seconds. Since its launch in July 2001 these usage figures have been increasing by 15% month on month.
After downloading a game, IN-FUSIO's service allows the player to unlock further game levels, challenge other players or post scores using SMS. As well as delivering all-important interactivity to the games service this has also proved an important revenue stream for operators who have benefited from the 35,200,000 premium text messages that have been sent by mobile gamers to date.
"We have seen a significant shift in the role mobile games play within an operator's armoury of data services. This is probably why a third of all handsets sold in France since the beginning of the year are enabled with IN-FUSIO's games engine client --- ExEn.
Of the 3,350,000 registered players, over 1.1 million were active users last month, making at least one paid interaction in the last four weeks. With almost 700,000 downloads per month this represents "enormous revenue-generating potential," says Gilles Raymond, CEO & founder of IN-FUSIO.

Churn costs European and US mobile operators USD4billion a year, yet the operators themselves spend a large part of their advertising budget encouraging people to switch from one network to another. Steve Rogerson explains.

Mobile phones users may soon find it easier to access real web pages using technology that Nokia has acquired following its USD21million purchase in April of Pittsburgh software company Eizel Technology.

Psion, the largest shareholder behind Symbian, the operating system, has revealed an always-on email solution for the enterprise. The company's aim is to take mobile email from a top executive offering into the business mainstream by providing ease of use and lower cost of ownership. Richard Thurston reports.

Borland Software Corporation, the software development and deployment solutions provider, has announced that its solution is now compatible with Nokia's Series 60 platform.

Delivering business applications has up to now been a compromise --- a choice between synchronisation and browser technologies --- both of which  have limitations. The former struggles to roll-out new applications, while the latter is slow and doesn't allow users to work off-line. This is the view of Peter Mansour, president and ceo of Sproqit, which has created a new approach that overcomes these shortcomings.

Leading wireless vendors have combined forces with the aim of introducing wireless broadband coverage across metropolitan areas Richard Thurston reports.

Content rights issues are set to delay the large-scale rollout of multiple data services unless they are addressed properly. And, according to Core Media's UK Manager Val Karruck, the way to do this is through an integrated platform and using standards created by the Open Mobile Alliance.

In a move designed to provide applications developers with easy and consistent access to its products, Orange has created a global developer site. This will detail how a developer can purchase, unlock and configure an SPV for development purposes, digitally sign their applications and publish applications on the Orange download site.