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IBM Rings in with Wireless Web Pacts

Not wanting to be left in the dust by the slew of players riding the wireless applications train, IBM Corp. Monday unveiled a series of initiatives with Nokia, Motorola and Cisco -- all wireless infrastructure heavyweights.

First, IBM (IBM) said it would work with Nokia (NOK) to help network operators, ISPs and ASPs to deliver wireless e-business services to their enterprise customers. This initiative will involve collaboration on application enabling technologies via the Nokia Artus Messaging Platform, IBM servers, and voice recognition and transcoding technologies.

Second, IBM and Motorola (MOT) plan to create a "voice and data engine," in which carriers could let mobile workers have real-time access to e-mail, stock quotes, news and corporate resources via wireless devices. Eventually, the firms will establish a joint solutions center to feature a combination of technologies from both companies.

Lastly, Cisco (CSCO) is working with IBM to develop the next generation of wireless networks for both enterprises and service providers. By combining Cisco's networking savvy with IBM's open platforms for wireless applications, Cisco and IBM hope to meet the growing demand for mobile e-business solutions.

"The real Internet economy will begin to take hold when the man in the street has direct 'always on' access through the mobile Internet," said Robert Lloyd, vice president of Cisco's enterprise line." "As an access method wireless will probably have the greatest growth in the near future, enabling the mobility of the user anytime --anywhere. We see great opportunity in both the enterprise and the consumer markets, which while based on the same technical platform, will require different applications."

Additionally, IBM Monday rolled out its WebSphere Everyplace Suite, new server software that consists of the "software ingredients" required to easily develop, manage and deliver applications to a variety of devices, including wireless handsets, PDAs and other Net appliances.