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SPA TO USE 'WAP' SERVICE
Riyadh,12th March 2001
THE SAUDI PRESS AGENCY (SPA) HAS RECENTLY SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH THE SAUDI TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY TO TRANSMIT ITS NEWS SERVICES IN ARABIC AND ENGLISH THROUGH WIRELESS APPLICATION PROTOCOL 'WAP,' TECHNOLOGY.

THE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF SPA, MOHAMMAD AL-ALI AL-KHUDAIR AND THE DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR THE COMPANY'S MARKETING, SALIH NASIR AL-JASIR.

THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED AFTER THE APPROVAL OF THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION, DR. FOUAD BIN ABDULSALAM AL-FARSI TO BENEFIT FROM THIS SERVICE.

ACCORDING TO THE AGREEMENT, SPA WILL HAVE 10 SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR THE WAP SERVICE, IN TURN, THE COMPANY WILL TRANSMIT THE NEWS THROUGH WAP ACCORDING TO THE CONDITIONS OF THE AGREEMENT. THE COMPANY STARTED THIS SERVICE AT THE START OF 2001, PROVIDING ITS SERVICES TO ITS BENEFICIARIES.

THE CONTENTS OF SPA NEWS DISPATCHES WILL BE COMPRISED OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS ITEMS IN BOTH ARABIC AND ENGLISH LANGUAGES.

THE COMPANY WILL DISPLAY HEADLINES OF THE NEWS ITEMS ON MOBILE SCREEN BEFORE THE BROWSING OF THEIR ENTIRE CONTENTS AND SHOW THE SOURCE AT THE END OF EACH ITEM.

IT IS WORTH MENTIONING THAT SPA STARTED ITS SERVICES THROUGH THE INTERNET IN THE MONTH OF RABI-UL-AWAL, 1420H

Source: SPA

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