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CTIA - Nortel Networks, Samsung, MPEON to Jointly Market Wireless Internet Solutions
Posted: 19-Mar-2001 [Source: Nortel Networks press release]

[This alliance, announced today at CTIA Wireless 2001 in Las Vegas, is to support GPRS, cdma2000 1XRTT and UMTS standards.]

Las Vegas -- Nortel Networks [NYSE/TSE: NT], Samsung and MPEON announced at CTIA Wireless 2001 in Las Vegas a non-exclusive agreement to jointly market next generation wireless infrastructure, applications and devices to service providers.

Building on interoperability testing announced by Nortel Networks and Samsung last month at the 3GSM World Congress, this agreement adds MPEON and includes plans for joint proposals and promotional activities. Together, the companies intend to speed delivery of next generation applications and devices; deliver differentiated services and new revenue-generating opportunities for service providers; and drive evolution to 2.5 and 3G wireless services.

"We continue to align with leading consumer application and device providers to offer next generation services that can position service providers to generate new revenues," said Peter MacKinnon, vice president and general manager, Applications and Devices, Nortel Networks.

The companies plan to offer Internet solutions with new, open forms of Internet content transcoding that will enable formatting of HTML Web pages for viewing on wireless devices using WAP, HTML, XML and other standards. This is expected to help promote virtually "anytime, anywhere" Internet access from a variety of personal, portable devices.

These solutions will feature Samsung terminal devices, MPEON transcoding technology, and Nortel Networks infrastructure, and will support GPRS, cdma2000* 1XRTT and UMTS standards. General availability is expected in the second half of this year.

"We are ready to support a variety of standard formats of mobile Internet solutions for our mobile phones according to the market demand," said Sang-Jin Park, executive vice president, Mobile Communication Division, Samsung Electronics. "This effort will show our capability of allowing service provider companies to enjoy one-stop delivery of more complete and integrated solutions to their Wireless Internet services."

"Through cooperation with industry leaders Nortel Networks and Samsung Electronics, we are excited to present a total package of mobile Internet solutions designed to fit any type of mobile terminal," said Namkook Kang, chief executive officer, MPEON. "MPEON's technology will allow access to richly-formatted Web content and provide end-to-end security and multimedia enabling features that will satisfy wireless carriers and mobile service providers."


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