Blyk ready to offer free services in Belgium, NL

Blyk, the UK network that offers free calls minutes and texts to 16-24 year olds, has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks to host its core network as it expands into the Netherlands and Belgium.

The free services are funded by advertising and it launched in the UK in 2007. Blyk says it has 200,000 customers in the UK.

NSN is to provide prepaid charging, messaging systems and device management in the two countries as hosted services, delivered from its hub in Vienna. NSN says this will enable Blyk to expand its service simultaneously to the Netherlands and Belgium, and other countries later.