Cisco, Nokia Collaborate on Mobile IP Networking

STOCKHOLM (04/04/2000) - Cisco Systems Inc. and mobile phone vendor Nokia Corp.'s infrastructure unit today made a pact to boost connectivity between wireless and IP (Internet Protocol)-based backbone networks.

Under the terms of an agreement, networking giant Cisco and Nokia will collaborate to enhance compatibility between the Espoo, Finland-based mobile phone vendor's network equipment unit's products and Cisco's IP-based backbone system offerings aimed at wireless operators and mobile phone service providers worldwide, Cisco and Nokia said in a joint statement issued today.

The pact focuses on products aimed at network operators looking to link IP-based backbone infrastructure to next-generation mobile networks based on technologies including GPRS (general packet radio service), EDGE (enhanced data rates for GSM evolution) and WCDMA (wideband code division multiple access) UMTS (universal mobile telecommunications system).

Nokia, under a nonexclusive agreement, will market and sell interoperable system equipment, including its own IP mobility core products and Cisco's backbone routing technology, the statement said.

Financial terms of the deal were not available.

Cisco Systems, in San Jose, California, is at +1-408-526-4000, or at http://www.cisco.com/. Nokia, in Espoo, Finland, is at +358-9-5113-8193, or on the Web at http://www.nokia.com/.

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