Mobile Internet gets $1bn deal

Mobile Internet gets $1bn deal
Richard Wilson Motorola and Cisco Systems have formed a $1bn alliance to develop high speed wireless communications technology which will allow users to browse the Internet from mobile handsets. The alliance is one of several “Internet-over-radio” initiatives. A likely alliance between BT and Microsoft was already grabbing the headlines as EW went to press this week. Both deals are part of a frenzy of activity in the Internet community which is looking at ways of developing Web browser and secure e-mail software that will run on mobile communications terminals. “It will represent the first major deployment of integrated data, voice and voice services under an Internet-based cellular infrastructure,” said Cisco v-p Don Listwin. Such is the level of speculation about “Internet-over-radio” that industry sources are suggesting that a BT/Microsoft will jointly bid for one of the UK’s UMTS third generation mobile phone licences to be auctioned in September. Both deals have significance for the Symbian joint venture led by UK firm Psion. Motorola, a partner in Symbian, may use its EPOC32 wireless operating system in the Cisco Internet project. But a Microsoft link-up with BT could produce an operating system to rival Symbian’s.


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