Symbian Works with IBM to Enable End-to-End Enterprise Solutions

10/8/2004 - Symbian Limited announced that it is working with IBM® to develop and test enterprise solutions for Symbian OSTM, the world-leading open operating system that powers the most popular and advanced smartphones today. Symbian and IBM are showcasing IBM WebSphere® Client Technology, Micro Edition (WCTME), Websphere Everyplace Access (WEA), WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager (WECM), and WebSphere Everyplace Device Manager technologies on Symbian OS smartphones at the IBM stand #48.

WCTME on Symbian OS leverages IBM’s CDC-compliant Java® Virtual Machine for Symbian OS smartphones, offering extended Java functionality that can address enterprise developers’ needs and surpasses the functionality of MIDP on mobile devices which is already popular with Symbian OS developers. With advanced Java technology and Symbian OS capabilities, Symbian is continuing to work closely with IBM to offer big enterprises and small and medium size businesses end-to-end solutions from Symbian OS licensees, the world’s leading handset manufacturers. At the end of H1 this year, Symbian OS licensees have sold five million Symbian OS smartphones, bringing the total installed base to more than 15 million.

WEA, WECM and WCTME can provide access to a wide range of enterprise back-end systems, which can enable Symbian OS phone users to maintain a seamless connection to critical information, and can enable enterprises and service providers to securely extend a new class of high value applications and services to mobile workers. Currently, these services are available on the Symbian OS-based Nokia Communicator. WEDM can be used by service providers to manage the software content on a range of Symbian OS smartphones.

“IBM is a strong supporter of Symbian OS for the deployment of enterprise class mobile devices,” said Bruce Morse, Vice President of business development, IBM Pervasive Computing Group. “Enterprises can develop, deploy, maintain and manage applications and services across mobile phones from a number of Symbian OS licensees. IBM WebSphere® Client Technology, Micro Edition provides an open, secure unifying platform for extending business processes out to these phones, which can help enable users to get the data they want when they want it.”

David Levin, CEO of Symbian, said: “With WebSphere deployed on Symbian OS phones, we are creating a viable model for the delivery of network content and services in a scalable manner with an attractive business opportunity to enterprises and SMBs. Customers will be able to access a new level of functionality and performance from their mobile phones, due to the open and scalable framework that the Symbian and IBM technologies provide.”

About Symbian Expo
Symbian Expo – the smartphone show, Symbian’s sixth annual Expo is the only event dedicated entirely to the global smartphone industry. It covers every aspect of the smartphone market, from building mobile phones themselves to developing and deploying applications to mobile phone users and takes place at the ExCeL Centre in London, UK, on 5th and 6th October 2004.

About Symbian Ltd
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world’s leading handset manufacturers. The following Symbian OS licensees have Symbian OS-based mobile phones in production and development: Arima, BenQ, Fujitsu for NTT DoCoMo FOMA, LG, Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo, Siemens, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. In 2003, over 6.67 million Symbian OS-based mobile phones were sold worldwide and more than 15 million have been sold to date.

Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia (Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo).

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