Lucent Technologies [NYSE:LU] and Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSE: RIM) today announced a broad-based alliance to accelerate commercialization of third generation (3G) mobile solutions using Lucent wireless networks and RIM’s products and services.
The companies plan to cooperate in interoperability testing for next-generation wireless networks, and to coordinate trials with mobile network operators around the world. Lucent’s global 3G platform provides a means for wireless operators to introduce broadband Mobile Internet applications and services, and the collaboration is intended to provide RIM with additional support so that RIM’s BlackBerry solution is compatible with the latest next-generation features available with Lucent networks. The alliance spans three major wireless standards, cdma2000 including 1xRTT and 1xEV, General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems (UMTS).
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Next-generation Mobile Internet services will evolve from today’s text experience on wireless handheld devices and mobile phones to include enriched, graphics-based applications based on Internet protocols (IP). By collaborating with Lucent, Research In Motion plans to take advantage of the latest network capabilities – an important consideration for network operators who depend on compatible user devices and complete solutions for rapid new service launches.
“The Lucent alliance helps us both address operator and customer needs and expand the reach of RIM’s unique end-to-end solution,” said David Werezak, vice president of marketing for Research In Motion. “With coordinated interoperability testing, operators will benefit sooner from new data services that help accelerate the worldwide rollout of the wireless Internet.”
“Lucent’s collaboration with Research In Motion ensures our customers will have an array of devices to help deliver the benefits of high-speed mobile Internet applications to consumers,” said Jamie Kistler, director – strategic alliances, for Lucent’s wireless networks business. “Lucent and our customers regard RIM as a unique and innovative contributor to next-generation wireless solutions.”