Nokia pushes open mobile Internet architecture

In an effort to boost mobile Internet services, Nokia Corp. announced an industry initiative to create an open architecture for mobile services and said that it would license its key software for mobile phones.

Non-proprietary technology is what made the Internet great and it will do the same for the mobile Internet, according to Nokia Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jorma Ollila in a keynote address here at Comdex Fall on Monday.

"We are supporting an open, non-fragmented architecture, this is how we stimulate innovation and competition," Ollila said.

The "open mobile architecture" initiative joins together all major handset makers and the world's largest mobile phone operators, including Motorola Inc., Siemens AG, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, NTT DoCoMo Inc. and Vodafone PLC, according to a news release distributed by Nokia.

"We wanted to avoid a situation where there would have been perhaps half a dozen different standards in the world. There would be very small volumes, so you wouldn't have the economies of scale and you wouldn't have the global availability (of services) consumers want," Ollila said in a question and answer session with reporters after his keynote.

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