SALZBURG, Austria and SEATTLE, November 12 /PRNewswire/ -- RealNetworks(R), Inc. (RNWK), the digital entertainment services company, transitioned the music service for mobilkom austria group's (MAG) Si.mobil to its platform on November 12, 2009, adding all-you-can-eat functionality and upgrading the service to Real's mobile and PC client interface. This is the second deployment under Real's 4-year agreement with MAG, providing Si.mobil's nearly 600,000 subscribers with access to the most feature-forward mobile music service in Europe.
After seeing significant growth in both downloads and music subscribers enjoyed by our sister company, A1 in Austria, we are eager to launch our music service on the Real platform, said Peter Curk, marketing director, Si.mobil. RealNetworks' UI is clean and simple, and the platform is flexible enough to offer innovative pricing models for our subscribers, making it the obvious choice for success in mobile music.
Si.mobil offers a bundled plan, ORTO MUZIQ ,which will include unlimited music, free in-network calls, 1,001 SMS, 1,001 MMS, access to the Vodafone live! portal and 100 MB of data for 15 euro/month. Alternatively, subscribers can choose to access the revamped MUZIQ portal, where they will be able to choose full-track downloads on their handsets or PCs from variety of genres and artists.
We look forward to providing Si.mobil's ORTO MUZIQ subscribers with the same innovative product that A1 subscribers have enjoyed since August, and that we look forward to providing to other MAG operators throughout Eastern Europe in the future, said Andreas Spechtler, managing director, technology products and services, EMEA, RealNetworks.
Real also powers the music services that make mobile music available to hundreds of millions of subscribers in Europe, including mobilkom austria group's A1 in Austria, and Vodafone music stores in 9 countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, Romania and Spain.
As a provider of music services for mobile operators, Real provides and hosts the technologies that enable subscribers to discover, download and listen to music on their mobile device and personal computer. Real's music service is now deployed with 14 communications service providers in 13 countries around the world.
In total, Real's ASP services are currently available through 83 different mobile operators in 45 countries worldwide, making them available to 785.5 million subscribers. Real offers mobile operators a comprehensive selection of mobile services including: Music; Video; personalisation features such as Ringtones, RBTs and Multimedia Ringback Services; and messaging services.
RealNetworks, Inc. delivers digital entertainment services to consumers via PC, portable music player, home entertainment system or mobile phone. Real created the streaming media category in 1995 and has continued to lead the market with pioneering products and services, including: RealPlayer(R), the first mainstream media application to enable the downloading and transfer of online video to mobile devices; the Rhapsody(R) digital music service, which delivers a catalog of more than 8 million songs to users at home, work and on-the-go; GameHouse.com, one of the premier casual games destinations on the Web; and a variety of mobile entertainment services, such as ringback tones, offered to consumers through leading wireless carriers around the world. RealNetworks' corporate information is located at www.realnetworks.com/company.
Si.mobil, member of mobilkom austria group
mobilkom austria group is the leading mobile service provider in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The Group connects over 18 million mobile customers in eight countries. The mobilkom austria group includes the mobile communications providers mobilkom austria, Mobiltel in Bulgaria, Velcom in Belarus, Vipnet in Croatia, Si.mobil in Slovenia, mobilkom liechtenstein, Vip mobile in Serbia and Vip operator in Macedonia.
In February 2001, mobilkom austria acquired the majority ownership of Si.mobil, which began operating in March 1999 as Slovenia's first private mobile service provider. Since May 2006, mobilkom austria has held a 100 percent interest in Si.mobil.
A partnership agreement with Vodafone was an important step in establishing Si.mobil as the price leader that offers global products and services.
Si.mobil was the first operator in Slovenia to offer GPRS and one of the first operators worldwide to launch EDGE.
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