Inktomi announced a broad initiative to provide wireless e-commerce services to mobile phones and handheld computer devices through six alliances with hardware and software companies.
The company has partnered with Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems to provide hardware platforms and servers, with Cap Gemini for integration services, and with Portal Software, Spyglass for software and Web browser technology, and GWcom, which provides location-based technology.
It also announced a strategic investment of an undisclosed amount in AirFlash which provides mobile phone technology.
"We are firmly planting a marker for the future of Inktomi as the global wireless infrastructure provider," said David Peterschmidt, CEO of Inktomi. "In the coming years we will invest significantly in this growth area, leveraging our leadership position in the Internet infrastructure to become the de-facto provider of core technology for the wireless Internet."
Inktomi is a provider of search systems and cacheing hardware.
This move will allow it to sell hardware and software to other companies setting up e-commerce and Internet services geared towards mobile devices.