The Chinese internet behemoth Tencent has signed what appears to be a massive deal with Amsterdam-based HERE, which will now provide map and location data for its products — including WeChat and QQ — outside China.
“We're delighted to expand our work with Tencent by supporting its large user base with fresh global maps and accurate places information," said Leon van de Pas, SVP and general manager APAC at HERE Technologies. “We look forward to exploring further opportunities in our partnership with Tencent in the future.”
HERE, which is essentially a combination of what used to be Nokia Maps and Navteq (acquired by Nokia in 2007), is a mapping data provider that maintains maps for 200 countries and territories. The company claims to be processing tens of millions of changes to its map data every day.