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The Register: Nokia to share mobile network technologies with rivals

Feb 22, 2002, 07:45 (1 Talkback[s])
Nokia Oyj yesterday promised to "share" core mobile network technologies with its competitors in a "de facto standardization" effort that it claims is necessary to reduce network industry cost structures, and hasten the realization of next-generation mobile data services. It also unveiled its own range of "open" network modules, making Linux-based systems a part of its core infrastructure product portfolio for the first time.

According to JT Bergqvist, senior VP of the company's Nokia Networks infrastructure division, the Espoo, Finland-based company's Open IP Base Station Architecture initiative stems from the recognition that the network business has been "rather vertical", relying on a few vendors to supply complete network infrastructures. In future, he said, the potential of all IP networks in particular will only be fully met if networks become more open, allowing more suppliers to participate in them, increasing innovation and competition, while reducing costs for operators.

At first sight, the substance of Nokia's latest "de facto standardization" seems astonishingly altruistic. It will include, Bergqvist promised, providing competitors with Nokia's "core module technologies ... on an equal basis to its [Nokia's] own systems business." The point being, said Bergqvist, "to open the internal architectures for standard commercial components, thereby increasing efficiency throughout the industry."

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