Nokia?s wireless application protocol (WAP) server, announced today at Cebit, will form the spearhead of a concerted push by the Finnish manufacturer into the corporate market.
Nokia?s WAP server will sit between the mobile network and a company?s Intranet or the Internet, enabling a company to push Internet content to employees, customers or partners via their WAP enabled mobile phones.
Currently in pilot, Nokia said here today that the commercial release of the product is expected by the end of the year.
WAP is a protocol being developed by a large section of the telecomms and IT industry to make Internet access via mobile devices, such as mobile phones, easier. Nokia and Ericsson have both announced WAP enabled mobile phones here at Cebit.
Nokia?s freshly appointed chairman and chief executive Jorma Ollila said today that the company would be concentrating on increasing its positioning in the corporate market, as well as the ISP and reseller markets.
At present, Nokia serves mobile and fixed operators, retailers and dealers, consumers and end users. For corporates, Nokia wants to, ?cover all their information management needs,? said Ollila.
Nokia?s WAP server includes an applications development platform based on Java to allow software vendors to develop IP based mobile applications. The server also comes with the Nokia WAP Toolkit.
?Internet fundamentally benefited from the introduction of the IP protocol,? said Ollila. ?The next fundamental change that will lead to Internet use expanding will be mobility.?
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