IBM, American Mobile Team on Wireless Notes

NEW ORLEANS (03/01/2000) - American Mobile Satellite Corp. and IBM Corp. plan to jointly market wireless e-business offerings to corporate customers, with IBM providing its systems integration expertise and extensive network of business partners and American Mobile providing its continent-spanning ARDIS packet data network.

Walter Purnell, president of American Mobile, said the joint venture would quickly capitalize on the ability of ARDIS to "wirelessly enable" IBM's installed base of 24 million Lotus Notes users.

"Notes is a product that can be snapped in (to the ARDIS network) today,'' Purnell said here at a press briefing during the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association's Wireless 2000 trade show.

Dan Croft, American Mobile's vice president of wireless Internet services, said the company's E-Link technology will allow users to tap into their Lotus Notes e-mail desktops remotely via a handheld terminal.

Jack Baney, an IBM vice president, said he believes the partnership can serve a number of industry segments, including banking and finance, and expects to sign an agreement soon to provide wireless e-commerce solutions to roughly 2,000 users at a financial institution he declined to name. Earlier this week, IBM signed a similar agreement with AT&T Wireless.

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