Middle East sees MMS launch

Fastlink has become the first mobile operator in the region to offer multimedia messaging, which allows mobile users to send pictures and video clips to one another.

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By  Philip Fenton Published  September 3, 2002

Jordan’s Fastlink has become the first operator in the Middle East to launch multimedia messaging, or MMS.

MMS allows users to send pictures, sounds and video clips alongside the humble text message. The size of messages ranges from about 7-30Kb.

The service will be offered to all users subscribing to Fastlink’s GPRS network, which launched earlier this year.

MMS is being offered as a free service until the end of the year and is only available to those with a compatible handset. Currently there are only two on the market: Sony Ericsson’s T68i and Nokia’s 7650, although most manufacturers are planning to include the technology in their forthcoming models.

Michael Dagher, Fastlink’s CEO, said: “We have promised Fastlink’s subscribers and Jordanian citizens to keep Jordan at the forefront of worldwide cellular technology. Now, here we are fulfilling this long term commitment by launching for the first time in the Middle East region the MMS service. This service will gradually open horizons for new revolutionary applications, which will change perceptions of mobile phones and the status of this device in our everyday lives.

“I think we are moving on the right track towards bridging the digital divide through mobile phones, which have overtaken personal computers in terms of penetration and popularity. We are pleased to present this service free of charge until the end of this year.”

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