Providing WAP portal on handsets, a mobile application service provider in the Middle East, has announced the signing of an agreement with UAE-based Thuraya Telecommunications, provider of handheld mobile satellite services, to provide a WAP portal that can be accessed by Thuraya subscribers. The WAP portal  which will act as a micro Website for Thuraya subscribers will offer various SMS applications and content, including news, entertainment and information services.
Following the agreement with, Thuraya subscribers will have access to the latest political, business and sports news; stock market information; weather reports; and all breaking news stories from their Thuraya handsets. Moreover, users can download an array of ring tones, wallpapers and games that are specially designed for Thuraya phones. The content can be tailor-made to provide industry-specific news.  
Thuraya has introduced Thuraya SG-2520 a WAP-enabled hand-held satellite telephone that provides GPS services, and is compatible with GSM networks, thus providing seamless communication wherever the user may be located.
This agreement with Thuraya represents another important milestone for as we would now be extending our services to a new segment of customers; a substantial percentage of Thuraya?s subscribers are located in remote areas that are usually beyond the reach of GSM networks, said Bashar Dahabra, Founder and CEO of will also be providing a robust customer care application to Thuraya that will enable them to further enhance the quality of service being offered to their customer base regionally and internationally, he added.
In an information-based age we are excited to be the first providers of WAP in the MSS world, said Thuraya’s CEO Yousuf Al Sayed.
Thuraya provides cost-effective mobile satellite services in more than 140 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Services provided by Thuraya include mobile voice that support dual GSM and satellite mode, broadband, maritime, rural telephony, fleet management and other advanced applications. has been a provider of mobile applications and content in the Middle East and North African markets. The content provider offers advanced mobile messaging technology to deliver SMS, MMS, WAP, IVR, video, ring-tones, picture messaging, animations and Java games to mobile devices.'

Ketaki Banga

Ten years of content creation, strategising and managing the big picture. I write across various subjects and media including print, online, documentaries, television, advertising and marketing-communication. Currently, as the editor of SME Advisor Middle East – a magazine for small and medium enterprises – I handle print, online initiatives, magazine events and business development. Prior to this, I worked with ZK McCann Tanzania, handling brand strategy and campaigns in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi for clients such as Celtel (telecom), CRDB (bank), TANESCO (electricity), TTCL (telecom), PSI (Population Services International—an NGO), TCC (Tanzania Cigarette Company), TBL (Tanzania Breweries Limited), Mwananchi and The Citizen newspapers, Coke, Gapco (petrol), Hitachi, and more. In India, besides working with various publications, I was also a lead content developer with Tata Interactive Systems, an e-learning company that caters to top international clients. My job involved understanding instructional design fundamentals to design and develop educational and training content ranging across K-12, university, corporate and government lines of businesses.