New real-time translation service will create conversations between newly arrived and Swedes
Tele2, Nokia and Reach for Change join forces to tear down barriers between both Swedish and newly arrived youth with the help of technology. The project, Call Together, is now being piloted, a real-time translation service that allows people with different languages to talk on the phone. Four pairs of friends will initially test the service – four Swedish youth and four newly arrived youth from Syria.
The test is conducted in collaboration between Reach for Change, Tele2 and Nokia to reduce language barriers that hinder integration and establish relations between newly arrived and Swedes.
“This is a great example on how more creative and innovative solutions can open up our society for children and adolescents who have come to Sweden. The service can hopefully become a great tool for organizations such as Kompis Sverige, who are doing a fantastic job pairing unaccompanied youth with established Swedish youth,” says Sofia Breitholtz, CEO of Reach for Change.
The technology making this possible comes from Microsoft. Nokia has then made changes to the service connectivity to make it work on Tele2’s network and thereby via calls. The technology will be tested during four weeks with four pairs of friends. The language that mainly will be tested is Arabic-English and the youth will help evaluate the product by the end of the test period.
Peter Wennerström, Head of CBT Nordic and Baltic, Nokia, comments: “We are excited to test this solution and see how it can be applied. It is essential that people living in Sweden can understand and engage with societal functions in the country, regardless of the language they speak. Once this technology is ready for mass use, there will be no limits to the communication potential it can unlock in society. With this initiative, Nokia - in cooperation with its customers - can connect the unconnected and bring the benefits of technology to our communities.”
Viktor Wallström, VP Communications, Tele2 AB, comments: “Tele2 is always looking to innovate and to create better lives for children. We are happy to combine these passions in this project that aims to enable unaccompanied refugee youth to live a more connected life and hence participate and contribute to society to a greater extent. I look forward to seeing the results from the pilot period and the positive change we can accomplish together with Reach for Change and Nokia.”
Read more about Reach for Change and Share the Brief project here: http://sweden.reachforchange.org/sv/
Read more about Nokia here: www.nokia.com
For more information, please contact:
Angelica Gustafsson, Head of Public Relations, Tele2 AB, Phone: +46 704 26 41 42
Erik Strandin Pers, Head of Investor Relations , Tele2 AB, Phone: +46 733 41 41 88
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