Ericsson has donated one of its mobile phone software divisions to Symbian, the joint venture company developing software for advanced mobile phones.
Symbian's acquisition of Ericsson's Mobile Applications Laboratory, in Ronneby, Sweden and around 20 staff is part of Ericsson's commitment as a Symbian shareholder to contribute key personnel to the venture.
Workers at the Ronneby facility will concentrate on developing Epoc, the mini operating system created by Psion Software, now called Symbian and being tailored for use on smart phones.
Symbian said it plans to open additional offices worldwide during the next six months. Symbian is also expected to receive personnel from its other telecomms shareholders, Nokia and Motorola.
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