TeliaSonera announces unified mobile Internet portal

TeliaSonera is to launch a unified mobile Internet portal in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

“SurfPort” will provide customers with access to search engines, positioning services, e-mail, entertainment services and news services, replacing local portals such as TeliaGo in Sweden and Sonera Plaza in Finland.

TeliaSonera’s Danish customers will be the first to gain access to SurfPort in April, 2005 while the service is scheduled to launch later this year in Finland, Lithuania and Norway.

“We want to take advantage of future opportunities for growth in the packaging and distribution of mobile Internet services,” said Terje Christoffersen, Group Vice President, Marketing, Products and Services, TeliaSonera AB.

“The average mobile phone is used for only 5 minutes per day in the Nordic countries. By making our services easier to use, we are confident that more people will use them more.”

Customers who currently use TeliaGo in Sweden or Sonera Plaza in Finland will not need to make special manual settings in order to gain access to TeliaSonera’s new SurfPort service. The company says the update will take place automatically.