announced an agreement on digital content delivery for mobile applications
and services. Combining their expertise, Nokia and IBM will provide
wireless operators and service providers with a complete solution for
content management and delivery. According to the agreement, IBM will
market Nokia's delivery server software for mobile content downloading. The
companies have also agreed to collaborate on secure content delivery
solutions, including digital rights management, according to industry-wide
open standards and specifications.
The solution combines the Nokia Delivery Server with IBM Digital Media
Factory framework and enables service providers to offer exciting new
content services for mobile users, such as Java based mobile games,
polyphonic MIDI ring tones, digital images, graphics, screen savers and
icons. The services built on the solution, called Digital Media for Mobile
Devices (DM Mobile), will allow users to fully leverage the advanced
features of mobile devices such as preview and seamless downloading of new
Using a modular approach, future developments of the Nokia and IBM solution
will allow support for delivery and protection of a richer set of media
types. This will allow operators and service providers to leverage their
initial investment and increase their revenue streams.
"We are very pleased to work together with IBM on mobile content delivery
and provide service providers with a top-quality solution for rapidly
emerging services. Furthermore, we share the same view on an architecture
development for protected content and Digital Rights Management in the
mobile domain. Both Nokia and IBM have a strong commitment to drive and
adopt an open based DRM technology that will result in a rich set of new
services that are interoperable throughout networks and mobile devices,"
said Pertti Korhonen, executive vice president, Mobile Software, Nokia.
"This agreement pulls together the critical components necessary to support
the secure delivery of content," said Dick Anderson, general manager of
IBM's Digital Media group. "It enables new and exciting applications to be
created and delivered to new advanced mobile devices. IBM and Nokia are at
the forefront of protecting content from creation to delivery in a wireless
The Nokia Delivery Server will become part of IBM's Digital Media Factory
framework, based on a number of IBM core products and business partners,
which helps companies create, store, manage and distribute digital content
across the digital media value chain. IBM Global Services will sell and
support the resulting offering with consulting, installation, and
The Nokia Delivery Server software will also integrate with IBM's Service
Provider Delivery Environment (SPDE -- pronounced "speed-ee"), an open
standards based framework built on IBM's WebSphere e-business
infrastructure software designed to give wireline and wireless service
providers the flexibility to introduce new revenue generating voice, text
and Internet-based services to their customers faster, easier and at a
lower cost. The Nokia Delivery Server is to be ported and made available
for use on IBM Linux-based eServer* xSeries** systems. Finally, the
combined IBM/Nokia Download Server solution will be supported and
demonstrated by the IBM Network Integration Laboratory in La Gaude, France
as a specific solution that is integrated with the IBM SPDE and Digital
Media Factory frameworks.
Both Nokia and IBM are active members of the newly formed Open Mobile
Alliance (OMA). OMA is the nearly 200-member company organization charged
with delivering open standards for the mobile industry, helping to create
interoperable services which work across countries, operators and mobile
terminals and are tailored for user's needs.
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. www.nokia.com.
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of
leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM works with companies of all
sizes around the world to deploy the full range of IBM technologies,
products and services. IBM can be found on the web at http://www.ibm.com.
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