Nokia to license a mobile terminal software platform and client components
to handset vendors
Comdex, Las Vegas - November 12, 2001 - Nokia today announced it will license separate terminal client components and a smartphone software platform to mobile handset manufacturers. Nokia will offer a number of terminal client components to the industry, including MMS and SMS clients, WAP/XHTML browser and a SyncML-based synchronization engine. In addition, Nokia introduced the Series 60 Platform for application and feature driven mobile devices. The new platform is designed for Symbian OS and will support mobile browsing, multimedia messaging and content downloading, as well as a host of personal information management and telephony applications.
"Nokia's decision to make its terminal software platform and client components available to other manufacturers is a concrete example of Nokia's commitment to an industry-wide initiative, where the key stakeholders will work together to create an open mobile services market," said Pertti Korhonen, Senior Vice President, Mobile Software, Nokia. Together with AT&T Wireless, Cingular Wireless, MM02, NTT DoCoMo, Telefonica Moviles, Vodafone, Fujitsu, Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC, Sharp, Siemens, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba, Nokia has today introduced an initiative committing to create a global and open mobile software and services market.
The terminal client components will be open software modules that can be run on the manufacturers' own operating systems, while the Series 60 Platform is intended for integration with Symbian OS mobile devices. These terminal client components and the Series 60 Platform will be available as source-code products, open to modifications by licensees.
"The Series 60 Platform illustrates Nokia's long-term and industry leading expertise in usability and user understanding together with best-of-breed terminal client software, application and user interface development," continued Pertti Korhonen. "The Series 60 Platform is based on open technologies that ensure the interoperability among mobile devices, network infrastructure and content. Interoperability is the only way to create a large, unified application market for new mobile services. Also, our governance and licensing model is built in such a way that it will create a dynamic and competitive marketplace where all licensees will have a fair chance to participate and contribute."
The Series 60 Platform is designed for phone categories providing users with easy-to-use, one-hand operated handsets characterized by color screens, rich communications and enhanced applications. The licensees will be able to integrate the software platform into their own application-driven phone designs and thus speed up the rollout of new phone models at lower cost. The Series 60 Platform consists of the key telephony and personal information management applications, browser and messaging clients, a complete and modifiable user interface, all designed to run on top of the Symbian OS, an operating system for advanced, data enabled mobile phones.
"The creation of mass mobile phone markets is being driven through alignment on open standards to create products that meet customers needs and desires. Nokia's Series 60 Platform, on top of the advanced, open standard Symbian OS, increases opportunities for handset vendors. Providing a standardized set of services and applications will help to broaden the appeal of data enabled mobile phones for consumers. This is a good step to moving the mass market to Symbian OS phones," said Colly Myers, CEO, Symbian.
Nokia's plans to license the Series 60 Platform will complement Symbian's success in licensing Symbian OS to handset manufacturers representing over 70% of mobile phone market.
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed broadband and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on six major exchanges.