Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT)(TSE:NT.) and Webraska have agreed to jointly market integrated location-based, third generation (3G) wireless services that are expected to help accelerate availability of the new, high-performance Wireless Internet.
The agreement includes integration of Webraska wireless navigation and spatial searching technology and applications with Nortel Networks GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) and e-mobility Location Center infrastructure. The companies expect to make this integrated solution available for commercial service in Europe, North America and Asia beginning in the third quarter of 2001.
Nortel Networks and Webraska are jointly demonstrating at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes a Wireless Internet-based automatic navigation service on PDA (personal digital assistant) devices using Nortel Networks GPRS network, Nortel Networks e-mobility Location Center simulator, and Webraska Global Navigation Server. Demo users can access information on shortest routes and traffic conditions, and can obtain navigational assistance.
"End-to-end UMTS wireless location-based services will give service providers new opportunities to generate revenues," said Peter MacKinnon, vice president and general manager, Applications and Devices, Nortel Networks.
"Webraska is known for its speed in bringing products to market," MacKinnon said. "By combining our efforts, we will maintain and strengthen Nortel Networks focus on bringing the Wireless Internet to our customers faster, more cost effectively and with greater efficiency."
"Location-based services will achieve increased value when combined with packet switching and high speed wireless Internet," said Jean-Michel Durocher, chief executive officer and founder, Webraska. "Nortel Networks is renowned for its GPRS and UMTS infrastructure. By working together, we can help our telecom operator customers launch ever more powerful location-based services and personal navigation applications anywhere in the world."
The location-based Wireless Internet solution from Nortel Networks and Webraska will position service providers to more rapidly address potential new revenue opportunities with services such as personal navigation, traffic updates, mobile commerce, gaming, and fleet management and tracking. As an integrated solution, it will also help service providers to reduce deployment costs.
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