HONG KONG - Hutchison Whampoa-owned 3 Group and Yahoo! have announced a global deal to exploit their respective internet and mobile services.

The US-headquartered internet giant is to provide the 3G [third generation] cellphone operator with a range of rich mobile services, among which are Yahoo! Search, Mobile Web, Messenger and Mail.

The alliance goes live later this summer, with the first launches scheduled for the UK, Italy, Ireland, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Australia. The partnership will also extend to Hong Kong and India, where the telecom element will be handled by Hutchison Telecoms International.