Nokia Updates Mobile Software, Teams with Andersen

Nokia updated its line of WAP (wireless application protocol) server software Wednesday and launched a new partnership with Andersen Consulting with the hopes of furthering the applications' adoption by a broader range of e-commerce customers.

Espoo, Finland-based Nokia said its Activ Software Suite is the latest update to its line of WAP software and could help customers translate a greater portion of their own Internet-based information onto wireless devices. Andersen said it will team with Nokia to develop a packaged version of the WAP-based suite, bringing wireless consulting services to clients of both companies that want to take content to the wireless Web.

Nokia claims the next generation suite can support up to 10 million subscribers on various cellar data networks, including GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications), CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access), TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) and CDPD (cellular digital packet data). Nokia developed the Activ Server 2.0 to aid large scale businesses that will run applications on multiple servers and use the suite's load balancing and fail-over support. The Activ Server 2.0 Professional Edition, however, runs on a single server and targets smaller sized corporations.

The Professional Edition version is now available for Windows NT and that the Enterprise Edition will be readied by the first quarter of 2001, Nokia said. Eventually, Nokia plans for both versions to run on Hewlett-Packard Co.'s HP-UX and Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris operating systems as well.

Andersen said it will work with Nokia on bringing additional personnel, software, training and consulting services to increase the adoption of the suite across both companies' network of clients. Nokia will install the Activ Server in Andersen's global network of Internet Centers of Excellence and Business Launch Centers which will make the applications available to Andersen's clients.

Nokia used its older WAP server, a product the company claims was downloaded 100,000 times since Nov. 1999, as the basis for the new applications.

Nokia has added a WAP Push engine called Activ Alerts which allows end-users to customize the information they receive. Nokia has also added an Activ ID application to speed a network's recognition of an incoming phone number in order to deliver personalized WAP services to the user.

The new Activ Office product lets users access e-mail and calendaring functions over mobile devices. This application, however, will only work for clients using the Windows NT platform.

Along with the productivity applications Nokia furthered the security services of its wireless offerings with the Activ Security product. The security applications gives clients 56-bit and 128-bit traffic encryption and server authentication as well as SSL (secure sockets layer) back-end applications and support for RSA Security Inc.'s SecurID tokens.

Nokia, in Espoo, Finland, can be reached via the Web at http://www.nokia.com/.

Andersen Consulting, in New York, can be contacted online at http://www.andersen.com/.

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