Nokia to help firms integrate mobile IT

Nokia has confirmed it is setting up a special division to sell integrated mobile systems to enterprises to combine mobile...

Nokia has confirmed it is setting up a special division to sell integrated mobile systems to enterprises to combine mobile tech-nology with IT infrastructures.

Nokia announced it would make the business market a more specific target after previously concentrating on the larger consumer market.

Nokia recently signed deals with Oracle, IBM and mobile player RIM to help build integrated mobile systems and will use these alongside its own security platforms to tempt companies to mobile integration.

The first corporate beta sites in the UK to use combined Oracle and Nokia solutions have already signed up, and a Nokia spokes-man said more details on the solutions the companies were using would be revealed shortly.

The spokesman said, "We previously targeted the consumer market because companies found it hard to cope with handset management, security and higher management costs."

He added that technology standardisation in the industry would help businesses take the mobile route more easily.

He cited the wider adoption of the Java operating and development language and the take-up of virtual private networks as drivers for companies to link mobile workers to a corporate network.

Nokia rival Ericsson is also considering targeting the business market and it promised more details later on in the year.

Analyst firm IDC has estimated the corporate global business market to be worth about £5bn, and it is growing by 40% a year.

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