Compaq and Nokia Join Forces to Deliver Mobile Internet Solutions for Enterprise Customers
September 11, 2000 ¡V Houston, TX and Mountain View, CA -- Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) and Nokia (NYSE: NOK) today announced a global alliance to jointly develop and market end-to-end mobile Internet and Intranet solutions to enterprise customers. The two companies will integrate their respective products, the Nokia WAP Server software and the Compaq ProLiant§ server running Windows NTTM.
Compaq and Nokia are jointly developing worldwide marketing and distribution plans in support of this alliance. Both companies will also invest funds in support of the joint marketing plan.
The combined Nokia and Compaq solution will enable enterprise customers to provide their employees with mobile Internet solutions that feature enhanced productivity functionality such as business-class email and contact information, customer relationship management (CRM) tools, order/shipment status, and e-mail telephony links. In addition, the Nokia and Compaq solution delivers improved end-to-end security and manageability.
The new offering will be initially introduced to customers in North America followed by Europe and the rest of the world.
Both Nokia and Compaq see an enormous market opportunity for mobile Internet solutions for enterprise customers, ISPs, ASPs, and wireless carriers. Several industry analysts have predicted that by the end of 2002, the number of mobile phone users worldwide will top one billion and that by the end of 2003, more people will connect to the Internet via a mobile device than a PC.
¡§Compaq is a globally established provider of enterprise solutions and wireless network infrastructure and we look forward to working with Compaq and their customers to deploy cutting edge mobile Internet solutions,¡¨ said T. Kent Elliott, senior vice president and general manager, Nokia Internet Communications.
Mary McDowell, vice president and general manager, Compaq Industry Standard Server Group said, ¡§Wireless and the Internet are the great trends of our day, and their convergence is reshaping the way we live and work. Today, Nokia and Compaq are joined together right at the intersection of those powerful trends."
McDowell added, "Nokia is a recognized leader in mobility, and this ProLiant-based enterprise solution complements Compaqs extensive telecommunications expertise in wireless networks, including mobility management solutions that support more than 50 million wireless subscribers worldwide.."
Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR) Jacksonville, Florida-based leader in innovative transportation services, manages a network of 7,100 independent trucking operators, providing them with comprehensive load planning information (cargo type and size, pick-up location, delivery destination, etc.). With this information in real time, the small business owners can select, "on the fly," the freight opportunities that best meet their needs.
Working with Nokia, Compaq and independent software vendor PhoneOnline.com, Landstar is able to significantly improve its services to its small business partners by providing the same load information through an Internet-based portal the truck operators access with WAP-enabled handsets, rather than struggling with wireline telephones or laptop computers while on the road. In recent trials, truck operators expressed strong support for the wireless Internet solution, citing much greater flexibility and ease of use -- and ultimately, more profitable use of their time and their rolling assets.
Patrick Wise, vice president, Electronic Commerce at Landstar, said, "Landstar is committed to leveraging state-of-the-art technology to deliver the load management services our business capacity owners (BCOs) need to succeed in a competitive market. The combination of Nokia, Compaq and PhoneOnline.com is hard to beat, and we look forward to working with them to roll out new, expanded services." For more information on Landstar, please visit www.landstar.com.
Information about the ProLiant-based Nokia WAP Server offering is available at ActiveAnswers, Compaqs online tool for rapid configuration and solutions development, http://vcmproapp02.compaq.com/ActiveAnswers/Global/en/solutions_lite.9053/default.asp
At PartnerVision, Compaq will demonstrate a future capability that differentiates this solution in the marketplace. Compaqs Remote Insight Lights Out Edition board can significantly enhance remote manageability of the IT environment using the Compaq ProLiant and Nokia WAP Server. With the Compaq Remote Insight Lights Out Edition board installed on any Compaq ProLiant on the corporate intranet, an IT administrator can securely access and control the ProLiant server via the Nokia WAP Server solution using a WAP-enabled handset.
WAP is an open global standard for communication between a mobile handset and the Internet or other computer application. WAP-based technology enables the design of advanced, interactive and real-time mobile services, such as mobile banking or Internet-based news services, which can be used in digital mobile phones or other mobile devices. The WAP specification allows solutions from multiple suppliers to perform consistently and reliably for the end-user across digital networks. For more information on WAP visit: www.wapforum.org.
Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is the largest supplier of computing systems in the world. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures, and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services, including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop and portable products, and consumer PCs. Compaq products and services are sold in more than 200 countries directly to businesses, through a network of authorized Compaq marketing partners, and directly to businesses and consumers through Compaq¡¦s e-commerce Web site at http://www.compaq.com. Compaq markets its products and services primarily to customers from the business, home, government, and education sectors. Customer support and information about Compaq and its products and services are available at http://www.compaq.com.
Nokia is paving the way to the Mobile Information Society with its innovative products and solutions. The company is the leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks, related services as well as multimedia terminals. In 1999, Nokias net sales totaled EUR 19.8 billion (USD 19.9 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges and employs more than 60 000 people.
For further editorial information, contact:
Compaq Computer Corporation
+ 1 408-285-9233
Nokia Internet Communications (Europe)
tel. +358 40 521 7844 or
Claire Backhurst tel. +44 7788 145460
Birgit Riepe, Blanc & Otus
+ 1 773-394-0370
[email protected] Nokia Internet Communications (Americas)
tel. +1 650-625-2424 or +1 650-303-2739
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