Companies Align to Develop Wireless Data Solutions for Enterprises

11/22/2002 - Nextel Communications, EDS and Sun Microsystems announced a mobile portal solution that securely extends functionality of the Sun[tm] Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) platform to Java[tm] technology-enabled Nextel handsets and wirelessly-enabled devices.

This mobile portal solution enables a personalized, customizable interface to provide an enterprise's employees, customers and partners with a secure, single point of entry to company information, applications and services. Functionality extended to enterprise employees could include product updates, real-time visibility into sales inventory, sales force automation, and access to corporate directory and benefits, anytime, anywhere and on any Nextel Java technology-enabled device.

This customizable mobile portal solution illustrates the extensibility of the Sun ONE Portal Server as a platform for delivering content and services to enterprise mobile users. The solution is designed to be quickly implemented by enterprises of virtually any size and industry, by leveraging the consulting and integration services of EDS.

"EDS utilizes an open approach to working with clients, so we can collaborate with others to develop and deliver fully integrated solutions. In this case, EDS worked with Sun and Nextel to build a proven portal solution that integrates a Java technology-enabled phone to solve true business problems," said Michael Hegeman, vice president of Mobile Applications for EDS Solutions Consulting. "This solution is just one example of EDS' leadership in developing cutting-edge mobility solutions for the marketplace."

The mobile portal solution also leverages Nextel's nationwide packet data network and Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME[tm]) technology-based handsets and devices. Last year, Nextel became the first U.S. wireless carrier to deploy Java technology-enabled handsets. The advantages of J2ME technology include persistent memory, rich graphical user interface, and the ability to run applications in and out of network coverage.

"This solution brings together Nextel's Wireless Business Solutions platform to address the real-time business needs of enterprise customers and their mobile workforces, with the system integration expertise of EDS and Sun's systems and software platform," said Ernie Cormier, Nextel's vice president, Enterprise Solutions. "As a result of our great relationships with these companies and our mutual commitment to collaborating on behalf of our customers, we are able to help enterprises provide secure mobile access to critical information anytime anywhere over Nextel's nationwide wireless voice and data network."

"To provide anytime information access, we teamed together to help enterprises define, design and execute mobile strategies to enable quicker time-to-market, increase efficiencies and reduce costs," said Steven Nathan, vice president, Strategic Software Solutions at Sun. "Powered by Java technology, which is the basis for Sun ONE, this solution addresses the complete service delivery value-chain from the back-end infrastructure to the mobile device, making content delivery better, faster and more profitable. Through our relationship with Nextel and our "Continuum of Services" alliance with EDS, customers are provided best-in-class solutions based on choice, leading technologies and services."

The mobile portal solution will join Sun's growing portfolio of iForce[sm] solutions, which is comprised of proven, best-in-class offerings that can be customized and implemented in less time and with minimal risk. The mobile portal solution is expected to be widely available to enterprise customers later this year.

For more information, call your Nextel, and EDS sales representative. A demonstration of the mobile portal solution will be available at the Nextel Booth #3146 - Level 1 North Hall and Sun iForce Partner Pavilion booth, #9257 - Central Hall at Comdex.

About Nextel
Nextel Communications, a Fortune 300 company based in Reston, Va., is a leading provider of fully-integrated wireless voice and data communications services including Nextel Direct Connect®--the long-range digital walkie-talkie feature; high quality digital cellular services; Nextel Online® wireless data content and business solutions; and two-way messaging services. Nextel and Nextel Partners, Inc. have built the largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network covering 197 of the top 200 U.S. markets. Nextel's wireless voice and packet data communications services are available today in areas of the U.S. where approximately 240 million people live or work.

About EDS
EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation, business transformation and operational solutions for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. EDS brings together the world's best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their customers' trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its subsidiaries, serves the world's leading companies and governments in 60 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 2001. The company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDS) and the London Stock Exchange.

About Sun Microsystems
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, iForce and the Network is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc., in the United States and other countries.

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