Vodafone UK links up with Knowledgepool

Vodafone UK has teamed up with KnowledgePool, the IT, personal and business skills training company, to develop a suite of WAP technology courses. Vodafone will offer the courses to its corporate customers, providing a step-by step introduction to WAP in the B2B and B2C environment and enabling companies to develop their own WAP-based applications.

Available at KnowledgePool’s headquarters in Windsor, and running throughout 2001, the training is designed to benefit individuals with all levels of knowledge, from those with a basic understanding of the Internet through to people who already have experience of developing web applications.

Following the one day course, attendees will have a deeper understanding of the features and benefits associated with the deployment of WAP enabled applications. The two-day course will benefit those organisations moving towards WAP based applications and who need to develop their own mobile customer services.

Many organisations in the UK already offer their customers mobile access to services such as online banking, share dealing, information and news via the Internet. Recent research shows that mobile phone usage costs are falling and that one in six of the UK’s population now owns a mobile, the courses will enable more organisations to take advantage of WAP technology and reach a wider audience.

Paul Butler, chief executive officer of KnowledgePool commented, “We are delighted to be working so closely with the world leader in mobile telecommunications. These technologies are developing rapidly – adding an exciting dimension to global communications. KnowledgePool is committed to remaining at the forefront of training in this area.”

Vodafone Group Plc is the world’s largest mobile telecommunications company, with a current market capitalisation of around £160 billion. The Group is focused on mobile voice and data communications, two of the fastest growing segments in the telecommunications industry.

It has a global reach with operations in 25 countries and more than 78 million proportionate customers worldwide.

In the UK, Vodafone is the largest public company. The market leader since 1986, it has more than 11.6 million customers – a market share of around 30 per cent. The company’s business in the UK includes 350 Vodafone-owned high street retail stores, independent service provider support and a specialist corporate sector.