IBM And Motorola Team to Help Carriers Deliver Wireless Data Services to Business Customers Worldwide

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PARIS - 13 Mar 2000: -- IBM and Motorola plan to join forces to help meet the growing demand for e-businesses worldwide to link data and applications to wireless devices. The companies today announced their intent to jointly develop an open, highly-scalable offering that will form the basis of a "voice and data engine," which will offer businesses an easy way to develop and access wireless applications and services.

For example, carriers could use this offering to allow businesses to provide mobile workers real-time access to email, stock quotes, news, and corporate resources via wireless devices. By combining Motorola's device-aware front end technology with IBM's middleware technology, this framework will provide optimal wireless data services to businesses around the world.

"Together, we provide the broad mobile and computing technology base and systems integration skills that are needed for operators to succeed in this challenging business market," said Janiece Webb, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola's Personal Networks Group. "In addition, Motorola's experience in applications development and mobile device design, combined with our Aspira(TM) communications e-business platform, will allow us to seamlessly integrate these platforms and wireless devices in a way that can directly benefit both carriers and business customers."

"Wireless e-business applications for a variety of mobile devices provide a tremendous opportunity for carriers to drive new revenue from wireless services," said Mark Bregman, general manager of IBM's pervasive computing division. "Working together with Motorola we will get to market faster with a product that operators need to give their business subscribers what they crave - access to information and services, virtually anytime, anywhere."

The companies will establish a joint solutions center to create a flexible framework based on a combination of technologies from both companies, including Motorola's Aspira(TM) Mobile Internet Exchange (MIX(TM)) Feature Server, VoxML(TM), and WAP (wireless application protocol) gateway and IBM's software, such as Websphere Everyplace Suite, systems and services. The initial framework, using existing products, is expected to be available in the second half of this year.

This relationship builds on the existing collaboration between IBM and Motorola to enable the delivery of innovative new telematics products. In January, the companies announced that they would work together to provide the end-to-end resources to help automakers offer exciting new wireless services to their customers. The agreement builds on the strong position of Motorola's Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS) group with IBM's systems and services know-how.

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