Israeli solution allows Hutchison to launch cellular Skype

iSkoot’s software enables people to use Skype via their handsets from any location.

Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (HKSE:0018) last week announced in London the global launch of the X-Series from 3. The X-Series is a service that enables broadband Internet use from mobile devices. Hutchison will install Skype software on Nokia and Sony Ericsson telephones.

The X Series launch has an Israeli aspect. The Skype solution that will enable Hutchison to offer customers Skype calls is from iSkoot Inc., a company founded and run by Israelis, which has a 35-man R&D center in Beit Shemesh. iSkoot’s software enables people to use Skype via their handsets from any location. Skype selected iSkoot’s solution, and Hutchison is the first mobile operator offering the new service to its users.

3 is a Hutchison division, and together with Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd. (NYSE:HTX; HKSE:2332), has licenses to provide communications services to 175 million people. In the past three years, 3 has developed a new mobile broadband network for 3G services.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes.co.il - on November 20, 2006

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