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CNET IBM inks slew of wireless deals

Mar 13, 2000, 15:01 (1 Talkback[s])

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"The giant computer maker said it had teamed with global handset leader Nokia, Motorola and palmtop computer leader Palm on portable devices. It will also work with chip leader Intel and Cisco Systems, the giant maker of equipment that powers the Internet, and with Symbian, the Psion-led alliance whose EPOC operating system leads in handheld devices."

"IBM said it aims to speed up the development of true open systems to foster the growth of the wireless Internet market, which it said analysts see growing to $120 billion in three to four years from its present $10 billion."

"As is the norm in today's industry, none of the ties are exclusive. The forms of cooperation vary from partner to partner but center around sharing know-how in what IBM said was a bid to create a fully open community to spur the wireless Web."

"IBM said it and its partners aim to foster an 'open-source' community in wireless--like the Internet-based incubator for the Linux computer operating system--to speed up development of open systems, and it is already sharing know-how."

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