New WAP service launched in Lebanon

Lebanon's Mideast Computer Solutions and Services (MCSS)has just launched one of the Middle East’s first WAP Portals, Mobilenow.

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By  Robin Duff Published  October 15, 2000

Lebanon's Mideast Computer Solutions and Services (MCSS) has just introduced one of the Middle East’s first WAP Portals, Mobilenow, which offers a wide range of local and international content in addition to upcoming transaction based services.

“We have put a lot of effort into building local content, as we believe that local and up to date information is extremely valuable to the mobile user,” said Joe Zoghzoghi, general manager, of MCSS. “The service will feature a growing range of local directories such as banks, hotels and hospitals in addition to emergency and proximity services. The system was built on a distributed computing environment based on the Brokat platform, Twister, and has built in fault tolerance which allows us to offer a continuous service."

At the moment, the service is only in English, although testing is currently being done with Arabic, as more mobile phones support the language in the region. Most of the development focus previously centred on ensuring the applications worked with major Web browsers.

“Now that this exercise is over, we will be rolling out new applications and services at a much faster pace,” said Zoghzoghi. “Our business approach is to co-operate with operators and other corporates looking to leverage the mobile Internet in the region. As a systems integrator, we are focusing on WAP related development and maintenance of related applications and content. We are always looking for valid and relevant regional content to be added to the portal.”

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