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Nokia Pushes Cellular-WiFi Convergence At 3GSM

BARCELONA — Nokia announced a host of initiatives in seamless connectivity between cellular and WiFi networks as well as cooperation with other handset makers on interoperability of DVB-H compliant handsets and networks on the opening day of the 3GSM World Congress here.

The company also announced Monday (Feb.3) that it is working even closer with Vodafone than previously to spread the uptake of Platform S60 based handsets and launched additional frequency variants of its Flexi W-CDMA compliant base stations.

“The global device market is continuing to show amazing growth, and there are huge opportunities for those able to innovate quickly,” said Jorma Ollila, chairman and CEO of the Finnish company.

Nokia also previewed what a “seamless solution” for Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) convergence including both network equipment and new handsets for what is becoming the talking point of the huge 3GSM Congress.

“We are taking a complete approach for this technology that offers seamless handover of voice and data between GSM cellular and WLAN networks, as well as being a useful approach to extending GSM indoor coverage,” said Ollila.

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