Motorola, Inc.'s (NYSE: MOT) Global Telecom Solutions Sector (GTSS) and BT wireless are cooperating to bring new digital wireless applications and solutions more quickly to the marketplace with Expidas. Expidas, created by BT wireless, is an innovative, new initiative designed to launch externally developed applications on its 2G, 2.5G and future 3G networks. It has been established to stimulate the mobile data market and to reduce the time taken to get new products to market.
The Stockley Park Centre of Excellence for Invisix(TM), the jointly owned company created by Motorola and Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) for applications integration, was used over the past several months by Expidas as an interim facility. Motorola now will supply equipment to BT wireless to help build a replica of its General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) network to form the "technical hub" of Expidas. External developers will be able to test and integrate their applications with these replica networks with the ability to launch in a live environment.
Motorola's involvement in Expidas is the latest development in Motorola's support of BT wireless' efforts in this space that has been headed by Motorola's Applications Global Network (MAGNET) application developer support program since 1999.
"BT wireless and Motorola know the importance of time to market, and Expidas provides an important advantage for network operators," said Tim Pickup, Motorola vice president and manager of the BT Global Accounts. "With our leadership in GPRS, Motorola can work together with BT wireless to bring innovative wireless applications and solutions to market today and evolve them across to the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS)."
Dave Booth, BT wireless VP Network Architecture, Applications and Services, commented, "Active developers in Expidas are a vital part of creating a rich, diverse portfolio of applications. Creating the right climate to encourage innovation is an essential first step. Motorola's enthusiasm and commitment to the project is most welcome and we are delighted they are working with us."
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