IBM signs initiatives for wireless web

IBM, as part of its strategy for e-commerce over a wireless Web, has signed agreements with Nokia, Motorola, Cisco Systems, Intel, L.M. Ericsson Telephone, Palm and Symbian, to work with the companies to develop and market integrated products for the wireless, e-commerce market.

Specifically, Motorola and IBM are partnering on an open, scalable voice and data framework for ISPs (Internet service providers) and ASPs (application service providers) to develop and access wireless software and services. The initial framework will be available by the third quarter, IBM said in a statement. IBM did not disclose any financial terms of the various agreements.

Also, Nokia will partner with IBM on wireless e-commerce services for ISPs and ASPs provided over Nokia's Artus Messaging Platform product, IBM said. Cisco and IBM are developing the next generation of wireless networks for ASPs and ISPs, IBM said.

IBM is working with Ericsson, Palm, Symbian and Intel to develop IBM software that works with the companies' various wireless hardware products, IBM said. IBM has also signed on to Palm's Global Alliance Program, the company said.

In addition, as part of its wireless Web initiative announcements, IBM has launched its own server software product, WebSphere Everyplace Suite, that works on wireless Internet accessible units such as hand-helds and mobile phones, IBM said. WebSphere, operating on Unix platforms (AIX version 4.3.3 and Solaris version 7), will be available to the mass market in the third quarter, IBM said. Pricing has not been set.

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