Nokia announced today that it has signed an agreement for Check Point Software Technologies to acquire Nokia’s security appliance business. The two businesses have collaborated for over a decade to deliver industry-leading enterprise security solutions, and this agreement is the natural culmination of that long-standing collaboration.
“For over 10 years, the security appliance business within Nokia has held a leading position in the security appliance market. Our IP security platforms have developed a well-deserved reputation as the premier platform on which to deploy Check Point’s leading security software,” said Tom Furlong, Senior Vice President of Services & Software at Nokia. “This business fits naturally with Check Point, and the combination will provide a great path forward for the thousands of customers who depend on Nokia security solutions today.”
Mail on Ovi, the free email account from Nokia, is now ‘live’ and can be set up directly on Nokia phones without requiring a PC to get started. People who use Nokia Series 40 devices can create their own email address directly on their mobile phones. The Ovi email account gives a person all the features and functionalities of a typical PC-based email account. During the Beta period, consumers will be able to choose from 12 languages based on the settings of their device, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Hindi, Bengali, Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia.
“We’re creating a mindset shift with mobile messaging. Mail on Ovi is the first-ever email service which allows people to create an account directly on their mobile phone, and start using it right away” said Senior Vice President Tom Furlong, who oversees Consumer Messaging initiatives within Nokia’s Services & Software organization. “Rather than focusing purely on push email for the world’s most advanced mobile users, we are mobilizing email across Nokia’s mainstream device portfolio, while giving consumers in emerging markets their first email account, Mail on Ovi, as well as their very own internet identity. These people are the new ‘mobile digital natives’ who will exclusively use their mobile phones for email and internet, rather than a PC.”
Spurred by the continued interest in broadband technologies to deliver rich media experiences in the home and beyond, Motorola will carry groundbreaking Long Term Evolution (LTE) work and expanding WiMAX and Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) deployments into a projected expansion of broadband in 2009. The leading provider of wired and wireless broadband solutions wrapped up 2008 with historic demonstrations, including the industry’s first CDMA to LTE network handoff, and a steady drumbeat of WiMAX and FTTH deployments and products.
Despite the current economic landscape, the demand for media mobility points to myriad opportunities for Motorola products and services to help operators and service providers deliver rich media experiences to their customers.
Alcatel-Lucent today announced that it remains the worldwide leader in the fixed broadband access market, supporting the largest mass deployments of video, voice and data services. Today, one out of three fixed broadband subscribers around the world is served through an access network provided by Alcatel-Lucent. This market leadership is driven by a strategy of continuous innovation and quality assurance.
According to the latest access report of industry analyst firm Dell’Oro*, Alcatel-Lucent continues to lead the DSLAM market with 6.1 million lines shipped in the third quarter of 2008, a market share of 34.9%, and a worldwide installed base of 180 million lines. Alcatel-Lucent also leads in IP DSLAM with a market share of 32.6%, and of 34.2% in VDSL. Alcatel-Lucent maintains its regional leadership in North America, EMEA and rest of the world, while retaining a second position in Asia Pacific.
Alcatel-Lucent today announced that Mendocino County, Calif., has deployed an advanced public safety network aimed at enhancing network interoperability and emergency response with more reliable and secure communications across multiple agencies within the county.
The new network enables Mendocino County to manage its public safety network from a single platform, leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s expertise in multiservice IP, digital microwave and end-to-end network integration services to deliver converged voice, data and video traffic.