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Nokia and NTT DoCoMo to collaborate in promoting open mobile architecture
Posted: 14-Nov-2001 [Source: Nokia press release]

[Two companies agree on approach to key technology specifications leading to 3G services.]

NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and Nokia today launched a joint action plan to accelerate the development based on the open mobile architecture initiative. NTT DoCoMo and Nokia have common understanding that common open mobile service middleware is a fundamental enabler to global deployment of mobile services. NTT DoCoMo and Nokia will co-operate specifically in promoting open mobile architecture for WCDMA-based 3G services, in areas such as browsing, messaging and application execution environment. The two companies intend to make the results of their co-operative effort available to the mobile industry as a whole.

"In order to accelerate the introduction of mobile internet access, mobile visual communications and other services for 3G networks, NTT DoCoMo is eager to cooperate with other key players in the mobile communications industry to elaborate specific technical specifications based on a standardized mobile architecture. This collaboration with Nokia is one of those activities to achieve that goal. We sincerely hope that our cooperation with Nokia will eventually gain strong worldwide supports that help us contribute to boost global demands for mobile multimedia," noted Dr. Keiji Tachikawa, CEO, NTT DoCoMo.

"We warmly welcome this cooperation with NTT DoCoMo," said Mr. Jorma Ollila, Chairman and CEO, Nokia. "The ongoing industrywide movement towards open technologies and standards marks an opportunity for maximum growth, and can only motivate and benefit all the players in this industry as well as consumers worldwide. It is our shared intention with NTT DoCoMo not only to stand at forefront when open standards for mobile services are being created, but also to leverage our thorough understanding of the customer requirements in designing future open mobile services. "

The two companies have agreed on the adoption of the XHTML/CSS as the content description language and they will work towards the adoption of Wireless profiled TCP as a wireless transport layer protocol defined in the WAP 2.0 specification by the WAP Forum, which are both consistent with the Internet standards. This combination of technologies will enable content to be shared by both the Internet and mobile communications worlds. Subsequently, the co-operation will also cover the creation of XHTML/CSS profiling.

NTT DoCoMo and Nokia will continue to develop multimedia messaging technologies with the goal of reaching an integrated messaging service. Companies aim at achieving an interoperable messaging standard within the 3GPP, WAP Forum and IETF. The global popularity of Internet email and the success of Short Message Service (SMS) have lead to growing market demand for these technologies to be combined into one open and interoperable mobile solution. Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) will bring consumers a whole new variety of services, in the form of rich person-to-person messaging and multimedia content downloading and distribution.

NTT DoCoMo and Nokia are working with the JCP Standardisation Forum to develop Java(TM) technology. Together, the companies are striving further to provide an execution environment where more user-friendly applications can be created. The companies expect to reach a proposal on further technical specifications during the second half, 2002.

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