Motorola and Sun Microsystems have joined forces to develop and build high quality IP based wireless networking infrastructure for the telecoms industry.
As part of the deal, Motorola's network solutions division has agreed to invest up to $1 billion in mission critical software from Sun and hardware from Motorola's own computer group.
Sun Solaris president John McFarlene said in a conference call announcing the deal that the alliance extended the existing relationship between the two companies. Both hoped to build highly reliable and scaleable systems which offered the, "Internet equivalent of dialtone."
"Both companies share a vision of millions of access devices getting onto these networks," McFarlene said.
Motorola officials said the jointly developed architecture would 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.
The first products of the alliance are expected to hit the market next year, with volume shipments likely to begin in 2001.
They will be sold by the Motorola networks group, which specialises in building analog and digital cellular networks for telecoms providers.
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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