Motorola and Sun Microsystems are set to announce a billion dollar deal to develop and build high quality IP based wireless networking infrastructure for the telecoms industry.
Motorola's wireless communications and hardware platforms will be linked with Sun's mission critical software, under the terms of a 10 year alliance, due to be announced later today.
Motorola officials say the jointly developed architecture will allow wireless service providers to respond to the growing market demand for IP based voice, video and data services.
Products will be targeted at top tier base station operators, call processing controllers and back office processing and central office operations.
Motorola chairman Chris Galvin said the alliance would help the wireless industry to offer more reliable, lower cost services to users.
"By leveraging the combined expertise of Sun and Motorola, our customers can deliver the most reliable, scaleable and feature rich wireless services available," he said in a statement.
Sun chairman Scott McNealy said the agreement would spur innovation in the wireless communications industry.
"The new platform will be open," McNealy said. "Voice, IP and multimedia will converge. Customers will have more choices."
The architecture will include customised hardware from Motorola's networking division, Motorola's CPX8216 PowerPC computing platform and Sun's Chorus and Solaris operating systems and Java Dynamic Management Software Kit.
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