SmartTrust to set up shop in India

Updated: Jan 25 2002, 05:30am hrs
Finland-based SmartTrust, a mobile commerce solution provider and a company wholly-owned by Sonera, is planning to set up a subsidiary in India within the next four months. The company had set up its sales and marketing office here about a year ago.

SmartTrust is in talks with mobile service operators like Essar, Airtel and MTNL to sell its delivery platform 5, which is an open platform for deploying mobile services applications.

We expect a lot of partnerships with mobile service operators and mobile solution providers to fall in place in another two months, after which we intend to set up a subsidiary in India, SmartTrust technical manager Sharad Arora said.

In India, the company is sharing the development facilities of mobile solutions providers like Cellnext, Sycom, Pune-based iSolv and ICICI Infotech. Along with these companies, SmartTrust is developing mobile applications.

We have plans to set up a technical help desk for developing satellite applications to be assisted by channel partners, Mr Arora said.

The companys delivery platform 5 is centered around the mobile sim card unlike the earlier applications like wireless application protocol (WAP), which was centered around the mobile handset.

We have built the technology around the sim card and the short messaging services (SMS) and not the handset. WAP was centered around the phone and so it failed, he said.

ICICI Infotech, an IT solutions provider has tied-up with Sonera SmartTrust to provide secure Internet services to the Indian communications industry.