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New GSM Solution Links Mobiles to Intranets

At the GSM World Congress on Friday, Nortel Networks announced an IP-based wireless office solution that will link users of mobile devices to corporate intranets.

The new solution is an addition to Nortel Networks PicoNode product for GSM service. Capable of handling both voice and data traffic, it includes a full Internet Protocol (IP) layer with local area network (LAN) connectivity.

Phil Terrett, director, product marketing, Nortel Networks, said that adding IP to PicoNode would offer corporations a highly cost-effective way to adapt to the Internet business model.

"The new IP layer will enable employees to use their GSM phones, or in the future any wireless devices, to connect to the GSM network, intranet or Internet, wherever they happen to be," said Terrett.

A huge number of wireless applications will come onto the market in the near future, making the Nortel product especially attractive to corporations in Europe where wireless Internet is most advanced.

In conjunction with France Telecom Mobiles, Nortel Networks demonstrated PicoNode at the GSM World Congress. The companies showed such features as Short Message Service, Intelligent Call Routing, integrated PBX, multi-site LAN connectivity and the new IP functionality.

The complete PicoNode solution consists of a base transceiver station, a base station controller and a mobile switching center. All of it is housed in a single cabinet not much larger than a personal computer.