Nokia has teamed up with Dutch telecoms operator KPN to develop and trial wireless networks and devices for the home.
The two companies will develop products and services to connect computers, phones and televisions together using wireless links.
Heikki Koskinen, vice president of the Nokia Home Communic ations group, said: "The home is increasingly integrated with the office and personal environments. Nokia will be at the forefront of developing the necessary gateways and terminals to bring high-quality multimedia services into the home."
The first products, which are due to ship early next year, will be wireless PCs, laptops and peripherals. They will communicate with each other using high-speed wireless links to KPN's high-speed asymmetric digital subscriber line service. Nokia expects the connections to be based on Bluetooth wireless technology.
Future wireless devices planned include Webpads, which will enable consumers to shop from home, send emails and play games.
Nokia has also created a Home Communications division, which will come out with three major product lines. These are home gateways or servers that link devices in the home; media terminals to handle digital TV and provide Internet access; and Internet based and other applications.
The home gateways will connect households at high speeds to local and Internet services such as email, calendars or digital photo albums. The media terminal will include portals offering interactive magazines with networked gaming and Internet access.
Nokia and KPN are expected to launch the services by the end of this year after commercial trials. The companies said they will test the technology first, before piloting itin 250 households in the Netherlands, but do not expect to target the mass market until the first quarter of next year.
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