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TELIASONERA AND REALNETWORKS DEBUT MULTIMEDIA CONTENT.

TeliaSonera has selected RealNetworks' Helix mobile platform to power streaming delivery of audio and video content to GPRS and 3G network mobile subscribers in Finland and Sweden.

"TeliaSonera has long been a driving force in its commitment to providing a seamless service experience to users of GPRS and 3G networks, as well as broadband. With support for both standard 3GPP compliant formats as well as RealAudio and RealVideo, RealNetworks' Helix Universal mobile server and Helix Mobile Producer were the automatic choice for TeliaSonera," said Lee Joseph, general manager, Mobile Products and Services, RealNetworks, Inc. "With the addition of streaming live and on-demand multimedia content services to their mobile offering, TeliaSonera mobile customers will be among the first in Europe to have mobile multimedia content services directly on their mobile devices."

"Video and audio streaming are key components in the emerging new mobile services. The Helix mobile platform itself is invisible for mobile users and content providers, but it enables TeliaSonera to create a new class of easy-to-use services," said Jussi Komonen, development manager for Streaming Technology with TeliaSonera Finland MediaLab.

RealNetworks' multi-format Helix Universal mobile solutions enable operators to deliver live and on-demand Internet audio and video content directly to consumers' mobile devices enabled with the RealPlayer for mobile or other multimedia-enabled applications. The Helix mobile platform, comprised of the Helix Universal mobile server and Helix Mobile Producer, provides TeliaSonera with the software foundation to deliver compelling multimedia content.

In 1995, working with RealNetworks, TeliaSonera pioneered Internet media services. The advanced and highly competitive Scandinavian market of today is expected to become the leading market for mobile video in Europe. TeliaSonera is set to offer its customers easy-to-use and high quality advanced services. With over 11 million mobile subscribers, TeliaSonera is the largest mobile operator in Sweden and Finland, the second largest operator in Norway, and the fourth largest operator in Denmark.

About RealNetworks, Inc.

RealNetworks, Inc. is a creator of digital media services and software including the Rhapsody Internet jukebox service and RealPlayer 10, the first product to integrate finding, organizing, buying, playing and managing digital audio and video in a single product. Consumers can access and experience audio/video programming and download RealNetworks' consumer software at http://www.real.com. Broadcasters, network operators, media companies and enterprises use RealNetworks' products and services to create and deliver digital media to PCs, mobile phones and consumer electronics devices.

RealNetworks can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.realnetworks.com.

About TeliaSonera

TeliaSonera is a telecommunications company in the Nordic and Baltic regions. At the end of September 2003 TeliaSonera had 11,558.000 mobile customers and 8,025,000 fixed customers and 1,555,000 Internet customers in its home markets. Outside the home markets, TeliaSonera has extensive interests in the growth markets in Russia, Turkey and Eurasia. TeliaSonera is listed on the Stockholm Exchange, the Helsinki Exchanges and the Nasdaq Stock Market in the USA. Pro formanet sales January-September 2003 amounted to SEK 60,7 billion (EUR 6.8 billion). The number of employees was 26,216.

TeliaSonera can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.teliasonera.com.

For more information, call 206/892-6585.
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