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Nokia and IBM Collaborate on Digital Content Delivery for Mobile Devices

Nokia and IBM Collaborate on Digital Content Delivery for Mobile Devices

(July 9, 2002) - Nokia and IBM have agreed to collaborate on digital content delivery for mobile applications and services. Combining their expertise, Nokia and IBM will provide wireless operators and service providers with a complete solution for content management and delivery. IBM will market Nokia's delivery server software for mobile content downloading. The companies have also agreed to collaborate on secure content delivery solutions, including digital rights management, according to industry-wide open standards and specifications.

The solution combines the Nokia Delivery Server with IBM Digital Media Factory framework and enables service providers to offer new content services for mobile users, such as Java-based mobile games, polyphonic MIDI ring tones, digital images, graphics, screen savers, and icons. The services built on the solution, called Digital Media for Mobile Devices (DM Mobile), will allow users to fully leverage the advanced features of mobile devices such as preview and seamless downloading of new content.

Using a modular approach, future developments of the Nokia and IBM solution will support delivery and protection of a richer set of media types, allowing operators and service providers to leverage their initial investment and increase their revenue streams.

The Nokia Delivery Server will become part of IBM's Digital Media Factory framework, based on a number of IBM core products and business partners, which helps companies create, store, manage and distribute digital content across the digital media value chain. IBM Global Services will sell and support the resulting offering with consulting, installation, and integration.

The Nokia Delivery Server software will also integrate with IBM's Service Provider Delivery Environment , an open standards based framework built on IBM's WebSphere e-business infrastructure software designed to give wireline and wireless service providers the flexibility to introduce new revenue generating voice, text, and Internet-based services to their customers faster, easier, and at a lower cost. The Nokia Delivery Server is to be ported and made available for use on IBM Linux-based eServer xSeries systems. Finally, the combined IBM/Nokia Download Server solution will be supported and demonstrated by the IBM Network Integration Laboratory in La Gaude, France as a specific solution that is integrated with the IBM SPDE and Digital Media Factory frameworks.

Both Nokia and IBM are active members of the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). OMA is the nearly 200-member company organization charged with delivering open standards for the mobile industry, helping to create interoperable services which work across countries, operators, and mobile terminals; and are tailored for user's needs.

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