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Nortel Networks, Phone.com intend to integrate GPRS, WAP platforms
Posted: 03-Feb-2000 [Source: Phone.com press release]

[Phone.com and Nortel announce agreement to cooperate on implementations of WAP over GPRS.]

Cannes, France -- Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSE: NT), a global leader in network solutions for the Internet, and Phone.com (NASDAQ:PHCM), a leading provider of software for Wireless Internet services, plan to work together to provide end-to-end solutions for Wireless Internet access and services.

Announced in conjunction with the GSM World Congress in Cannes, the companies will explore integration of elements of Phone.com's market-leading WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) products with Nortel Networks' IP (Internet Protocol)-based wireless network architecture using GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) radio technologies.

The intent is to construct interfaces between Nortel Networks and Phone.com products to achieve optimal implementation of WAP over GPRS. Initially, the companies will target cooperation in the areas of billing, prepaid services, location-based services and `push` information services.

`Network operators will benefit from Nortel Networks' expertise in GPRS infrastructure combined with Phone.com's innovative WAP products,` said Jeff Damir, vice-president, business development, Phone.com. `Together, we expect to be able to offer operators a powerful, end-to-end, Wireless Internet solution.`

`Our philosophy is to work with best-in-class solution providers to deliver complete, end-to-end Wireless Internet solutions, helping operators to quickly realize the benefits of investing in GPRS,` said Doug Lowther, vice-president, wireless data solutions, Nortel Networks.

Nortel Networks' GPRS solution is based on the widely deployed Nortel Networks Passport and Contivity Extranet switches, each with a rich, proven heritage for providing packet data services. The GPRS radio infrastructure involves a simple software upgrade to Nortel Networks' industry leading GSM radio equipment. This total solution can provide significant competitive advantages in service quality and network capacity for data services. Nortel Networks is working with more than 20 GSM and TDMA (time division multiple access) operators worldwide for early deployment of GPRS and EDGE (Enhanced Data for Global Evolution) solutions.

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