Nokia of Finland, which just happens to be the world’s largest mobile phone maker, has partnered with leading Norwegian telecoms company – Telenor – to provide access to various internet services through Nokia’s own internet service Ovi, reports Reuters. The Telenor and Ovi services will be offered to customers in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Hungary.
Why does this matter in search? Nokia is an $80 billion turnover company which makes its money from selling handsets – but it is now rolling out internet services which include maps, music and TV services – no mention of search – see this report from Cellular News. Telenor is an $18 billion turnover company. This partnership represents a considerable investment by both companies in internet access which they will control. Could well be the opportunity for a different search engine – funded by the telecoms companies – to make headway?
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