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Nortel, HP Build Wireless Internet

[Toronto, CANADA] - Nortel Networks and Hewlett-Packard Co. plan to develop end-to-end wireless Internet solutions and mobile e-services to deliver access to information anytime, anywhere.

The initial offering will be a mobile portal solution that provides Internet access across Nortel Networks' wireless infrastructure using a combination of HP's and Nortel Networks' computing infrastructure, middleware and appliance clients. This solution will be targeted at the mobile professional or remote workforce.

"HP is leading-edge when it comes to next generation Internet services and devices, and Nortel Networks is driving the migration of wireless networks to IP," said Lloyd Carney, president, Wireless Internet, Nortel Networks.

According to Carney, the global market for wireless infrastructure is expected to reach US $200 billion by 2003 and the market for mobile portal solutions is expected to reach US $11 billion by 2003.

The mobile portal solutions will use HP's Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)-enabled Mobile E-services commerce platform. HP and Nortel Networks will provide a complete mobile portal architecture as well as mobile front-ends to existing Internet portals. This solution will include voice portal capability, compression technology, security, and Quality of Service (QOS) and allows for complete on-the-go access to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), database, email and voicemail content via wireless data and voice.

Nortel Networks and HP are exploring other wireless Internet opportunities, including complete m-commerce solutions that will allow businesses to integrate their sales, marketing and service capabilities with the Internet.

Nortel Networks' wireless eBusiness solutions are delivered over different devices, including WAP phones, Windows CE and Palm OS handheld devices. HP will provide integrated payment solutions to Nortel Networks' wireless Internet solutions to enable secure electronic transaction over wireless devices.