RealNetworks Buys Europe's Sony NetServices
May 16, 2007 at 5:44 AM (PT)
REALNETWORKS has purchased SONY NETSERVICES, SONY's European white label digital music service for mobile phone customers. SONY's service includes streaming and downloading over 3G cell phone systems. As a result of the deal, REALNETWORKS has inked a multi-year deal for European cell phone giant VODAFONE to offer REAL's mobile music services to customers across the continent, taking over the position currently held by SONY NETSERVICES.
"SONY NETSERVICES has created a world-class platform for delivering mobile entertainment solutions to leading mobile operators throughout EUROPE," said REALNETWORKS President of Technology Products and Solutions and International Operations JOHN GIAMATTEO. "We believe the addition of SONY NETSERVICES' technology and platform to our earlier acquisition of WIDERTHAN places REALNETWORKS at the center of the emerging mobile entertainment space and extends our geographic ability to serve mobile operators around the world."