2/18/2003 - Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Sun Microsystems[tm] are launching a new initiative aimed at service providers looking to offer enterprise applications over wireless networks. Combining their key strengths of telecom and IT infrastructure, Alcatel and Sun have developed an end-to end-mobile environment to assess content usability to allow service providers to offer new applications on live 2.5G and 3G network scenarios.
The new project is part of an expanded relationship between the two companies who are working closely together on the establishment of a multi-device Java [tm] technology-based provisioning solution for both consumer and enterprise-focused service providers.
Alcatel has been using its 3G Reality Centres to allow live tests on 2.5G and 3G network infrastructures while Sun has deployed its own "iForce" centres to enable end users and partners to test network applications. The combination of both structures will allow service providers to reduce risk and the time required to deploy new over the air downloadable applications and content. This capability illustrates the breadth and value of Alcatel's worldwide 3G Reality Centre program, bringing together and integrating key partners along the entire mobile value chain to foster the timely availability of end-to-end revenue-generating solutions for operators both in 2.5G and 3G environments.
The two companies will be promoting this new wireless infrastructure solution to service providers to enable them to deploy a number of Java[tm]-based downloadable services. The new wireless enterprise application service is the first iteration of this initiative.
Alcatel's advanced payment solution will allow service providers to deploy a "kiosk" business model, which senses what type of content is being downloaded and can bill appropriately for it (on a per-usage basis, in real time, either pre-or post-paid). This provides a useful way of managing the payment and revenue to be gained from downloadable content. This control is significant because it enables a new flexible business model, one where operators are able to manage the revenue suggested by the new content, throughout the value chain.
Mark Bauhaus, VP Java Web Services, Sun Microsystems, says : "With voice revenues static, operators are looking for ways to maximize revenue from data services. This new flexible billing-and revenue-sharing solution facilitates this process. Sun's industry-leading Java-based infrastructure and Alcatel's revenue-boosting solutions are combined in this initiative to bring real value to the wireless market."
"Both Sun and Alcatel have developed winning wireless strategies which allow us to partner with market leading operators to introduce a range of compelling new services. The long-standing relationship between the two companies has been expanded to allow service providers around the world to accelerate the deployment of new value-added solutions that will help generate increased ARPU", said Marc Rouanne, COO of Alcatel's Mobile Communications activities. "We have complementary market leadership that makes the joint solution very exciting. The co-operation suggests enormous potential through the combined installed base of both companies."
The Alcatel and Sun solution is compelling because the solution is device-agnostic, in that it can be realised on a wide range of devices from both the fixed and wireless worlds. This is because of the unique structure of Java[tm], which is based on open standards, allowing a great degree of flexibility and interoperability. This end-to-end solution is based on best-in-class open security features allowing end-users to retrieve services in a completely secure way, using SunONE security products (in accordance with the Liberty Alliance Programme specifications).
Alcatel provides end-to-end communications solutions, enabling carriers, service providers and enterprises to deliver content to any type of user, anywhere in the world. Leveraging its long-term leadership in telecommunications network equipment as well as its expertise in applications and network services, Alcatel enables its customers to focus on optimizing their service offerings and revenue streams. With sales of EURO 16.5 billion in 2002, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit Alcatel on the Internet: http://www.alcatel.com
Alcatel is now the world's fastest growing GSM/GPRS and EDGE supplier. Currently, over 110 mobile operators worldwide rely on Alcatel's EvoliumTM core and radio solutions. Alcatel offers mobile operators a GSM 800, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz end-to-end solution offering, including radio access and core network systems, services platform and mobile terminals, allowing them to provide new and attractive services. Alcatel's services range from business and technology consulting, network and application design, implementation management up to customer support and facility management. Alcatel's End-to-End solutions include Alcatel's Open Service Delivery Environment; the ideal applications environment based on next generation IN and J2EE technology. It enables the implementation of a wide range of applications such as network proxies, WAP or SMS gateways, messaging solutions such as UMS or MMS, 0800 and 0900 services, mobile or fixed VPN solutions, a complete and convergent real-time payment chain, and more. Alcatel's UMTS solutions are a reality today, with 20 UMTS pilot networks delivered by Alcatel in Europe and in Asia by end 2002. Alcatel's strategy covers all aspects of UMTS deployment, from radio access and core network to terminals.
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