and Facebook have
reached a global agreement allowing the integrated telecommunications operator
to seamlessly integrate access to Facebook's mobile service and applications
from all of Telefónica's mobile portals. This agreement will expand the current
relationship between the companies in the UK into a worldwide agreement.
Facebook is a leading social networking website and one of the most visited
sites in the world, with more than 100 million registered users. This agreement
will enable Telefónica's more than 171 million mobile subscribers to stay in
touch with their friends on Facebook and take part in one or more social
networks, depending on their work, academic, or leisure interests, at any time
and from anywhere.
Incorporation into the agreement will take place in two stages, both for
Europe and for Latin America and includes Telefónica and Telefónica
O2. The first stage
includes Ireland, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Colombia.
The second encompasses Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Central American countries, the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Every participating country may include a link in the browsing menu of its
mobile handsets to Facebook's mobile service, allowing customers to send digital
content (photos and videos) through integrated MMS services (currently, more
than 24 million pictures are uploaded to Facebook each day).
Direct access to Facebook thus joins the complete range of mobile services
and products that Telefónica has made available to its more than 171 million
mobile accesses throughout the world.
Cheers ~ Arne