Feeds

Vodafone recruits IBM, Sun, Psion for mobile Internet

UK wireless giant finally wakes up to Web, apparently...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Wireless giant Vodafone Airtouch is to kick off a global wireless Internet service from the middle of this year, and has struck alliances with all the usual suspects (bar Microsoft, of course) in order to build what appears to boil down to a globally available portal. Henchpartners involved include IBM, the Sun-Netscape alliance, Palm, Nokia, Ericsson and Psion, and apparently Vodafone intends to operate the service under a new global brand, to be announced. Just as well this - the company tag is bad enough, and if the current hostile bid succeeded, the addition of Mannesmann Mobilfunk would take it well off the edge of your average WAP-enabled handset. IBM, which itself is currently making major efforts in wireless-based pervasive computing, will be handling the design, construction and management of the system, while Sun-Netscape will be providing iPlanet products, including infrastructure and communications products. Sun has also agreed to supply hardware products, Java technology, software, services and support to Vodafone, so there would seem to be a fair bit of scope for overlap in the Sun-Netscape and IBM contributions here. Of the other partners, Psion will be contributing EPOC software, while presumably Nokia and Ericsson will just carry on building and selling WAP phones as normal. In addition, Infospace, Charles Schwab and Travelocity.com/Sabre are in the alliance in the content department. The service will be available throughout the world via Vodafone and Airtouch partners networks, and is intended as a one-stop shop offering news, email, listings information, stock transactions, travel and so on. Observers too ready to go along with the bullish noises Vodafone CEO Chris Gent was making about the move this morning should however beware. Not a lot of people know it, but Vodafone has been offering ISP services to its customers for several years now, and also already runs a portal service called Vodafone Interactive. Not a lot of people, even Vodafone customers, have noticed either of these. Oh, and at time of writing, none of the major mobile data movers and shakers in the Vodafone alliance seemed to have got it together to actually post this hot story on their Web site. Outstanding interactivity skills, guys... ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.