France-based mobile operator Orange and Nokia of Finland have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to partner on value added services (VAS) such as location-based services, maps, mobile advertising and gaming. In a joint press statement timed to coincide with the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the two firms said they intend to follow the announcement with a strategic partnership by mid-2008. By combining Orange’s marketing, customer and service knowledge with Nokia’s manufacturing capabilities, the two companies hope to extend the way customers use their mobile handsets. Nokia will continue to support Orange’s Signature device strategy including common applications. The partnership will be underpinned by co-marketing and sales activities, the statement said.