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NOKIA AND IBM JOIN FORCES IN WIRELESS LAN ARENA

Mountain View, California -- Nokia and IBM have signed an agreement to work together on public wireless local area...


April 22, 2002  


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Mountain View, California — Nokia and IBM have signed an agreement to work together on public wireless local area network (WLAN) technology.

As part of the agreement, IBM Global Services has agreed to act as a system integrator of Nokia’s wireless LAN infrastructure products. Nokia will continue sales of its Operator Wireless LAN solution through its existing sales channels.

Public wireless LAN technology offers wireless connectivity services to the visitors of so-called “hotspots” in public buildings such as airports, hotels, conference centres, as well as corporate premises. Travellers using a Wi-Fi-certified wireless LAN card can access the Internet and their corporate intranet wirelessly at high-speed.

“We see this cooperation with IBM as an excellent business opportunity to widen the accessible market for the Nokia Operator Wireless LAN solution and better serve a growing customer demand,” says Paavo Aro, Nokia’s GM of Wireless LAN Systems. “The public wireless LAN service is on the verge of major growth in demand, especially from business users. Forecasts have predicted that more than 100,000 hotspots will be in operation globally within the next four years.”

Lars Alm, GM of wireless e-business services at IBM EMEA, says the new IBM/Nokia collaboration will enable them to bring revenue generating Public Wireless LAN services to market quickly, with the assurance that they will integrate seamlessly with existing network topologies.


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