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Inktomi Goes Wireless

Inktomi Corp. Tuesday unleashed a broad initiative to deliver infrastructure software to wireless data operators.

The push into wireless content delivery is just part of Inktomi's (INKT) new portal services and network products. The Internet infrastructure software developer also locked-up six new alliances to help expand its reach into the wireless marketplace.

Inktomi established a long-term strategic investment and alliance with AirFlash.com Inc. for mobile phone Internet services. Additional alliances with the Cap Gemini Group and Portal Software, Inc. facilitate Inktomi's ability to provision and bill for wireless content and applications.

Inktomi teamed up with Hewlett-Packard Co. for its wireless hardware platform and Sun Microsystems Inc. for its wireless infrastructure solution set. Deals with Spyglass Inc. for content transformation and Gwcom Inc. to enable advanced mobile commerce services and round-out Inktomi's push into wireless services.

David Peterschmidt, Inktomi president and chief executive officer, said its wireless initiative would firmly plant Inktomi as the heir apparent of the global wireless infrastructure service market.

"In the coming years we will invest significantly in this growth area, leveraging our leadership position in the Internet infrastructure to become the de-facto provider of core technology for the wireless Internet," Peterschmidt said. "The news is the first milestone of many to come from Inktomi as we become essential to the Internet."

Inktomi acquired an equity stake in AirFlash who in return, will integrate Inktomi's search, directory and commerce functions into its location-based technology. The deal enables mobile network operators and Internet portals to deliver personalized content and commerce designed for mobile users.

Inktomi and Portal Software (PRSF), a business infrastructure software provider for Internet communications services, plan to develop a platform for wireless content and applications delivery. The proposed joint solution would provide wireless operators with a scalable, integrated infrastructure for the provisioning, delivery and billing of wireless Internet content and applications.

Inktomi's agreement with management consulting and systems integration firm CAP Gemini, was built to deliver turnkey integration services based on the integrated Inktomi-Portal platform.

The new alliance will provide wireless operators and Internet portals the infrastructure required to support applications based on three wireless protocols including General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), Universal Mobile Telecommunications Services (UMTS) and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP).

Jean-Marie Personeni, CAP Gemini Telemedia Lab chief technology officer, said its integration with Inktomi will enable the deployment of a flexible and scalable platform to support wireless service provisioning and delivery, and real-time billing.

"The combination of Inktomi and Portal Software technologies delivered by CAP Gemini allows mobile data service providers the benefit of faster time-to-market and competitive service differentiation," Personeni said.

By teaming up with Hewlett-Packard (HWP), Inktomi anchors its traffic service as the core of HP's Mobile E-services platform. The integrated set of hardware, software and services f