I januar ble MeritaNordbanken den første som tilbød sine kunder å handle aksjer via wap.
Dagens tjenester leveres på PDA’er og wap-telefoner som støtter WAP 1.1-standarden. I praksis bruker de fleste av kundene Nokias 71110-telefon.
Utvider til Danmark
Visepresident Pekka Audio i MeritaNordbanken sier i følge nettavisen Wall Street & Technology at de nå planlegger å oppgradere wap-gatewayen. Han forteller at banken har mellom 125 og 150 tusen daglige innlogginger fra enkeltkunder over Internett, og at de nå skal oppgradere wap-tjenesten slik at den kan behandle minst samme volum.
Totalt har 1,2 millioner av banken tegnet avtale som gjør at de kan logge seg inn over nett eller wap.
MeritaNordbanken har fusjonert sammen med danske Unidanmark. Denne banken har en tjeneste som gjør det mulig å handle aksjer både i Danmark, og på ti utenlandske børser, inkludert europeiske børser, og amerikanske NYSE og Nasdaq.
Denne tjenesten skal også over på wap, uten at det er bestemt når dette skjer. Live since January, the trading service is effectively an extension of the bank’s online Solo banking service, (live since mid October of last year), that is available via both WAP and other connection methods, including the Web. The equity trading service is accessed via a new «Investments» item on the existing WAP-Solo service menu, and allows the user to transmit orders as well as view portfolio and quotation information on domestic stocks. The new WAP equity trading service is delivered on devices that support the WAP 1.1 standard, such as Ericsson’s MC218 microcomputer, though in practice the majority of MeritaNordbanken’s clients are currently using Nokia’s 7110 mobile phone. Users make their WAP connection to the same Web servers that the bank uses for other types of Solo connection. The only difference is that the WAP connection is made via Nokia’s WAP Server deployed as gateway. The Nokia application, which MeritaNord-banken is running on a Windows NT server, is capable of handling up to five hundred concurrent users per server. the bank ultimately intends to upgrade this WAP gateway. «We would like to run the application on our existing highly scalable Tandem systems,» he says. «Since we have between 125,000 and 150,000 daily logins to our Solo service via standard Web connections we think we will ultimately need to have a WAP service capable of handling at least that volume. The WAP service is, after all, accessible to all clients who have signed a Solo agreement-currently some 1.2 million people.» The interface between the bank’s Web servers and the Nokia WAP server was designed and built jointly by the bank’s internal IS staff and systems company Fidenta Oy, which is 50% owned by the bank. The bank specified the technical architecture and performed production testing, while Fidenta staff wrote the code. The only difficulty encountered was that when the MeritaNordbanken/Fidenta team started work, the Nokia WAP server application was not completely finished, which delayed testing. «Once that was complete, the rest was straightforward as we have already performed similar porting modifications for TV set top boxes, Nokia Communicators and GSM services,» says Audio.should see the WAP trading service expanding further. Unidanmark already has an online equity trading service that its clients can use to trade on domestic markets as well as any one of 10 overseas exchanges (including NYSE, Nasdaq and the major European bourses). «We don’t have a timetable for WAP-enabling this service as yet, but we will be doing so,» says Audio. [Click here for PREVIOUS article.] | [Click here for NEXT