France Telecom and Motorola today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the joint development of Seamless Mobility Solutions. This collaboration aims at developing and deploying new and innovative, integrated services, using a wide range of wireless access networks and technologies, for the home, office, car and on the move.
The MoU includes:
The establishment of joint research and development teams,
The sharing of R&D funding,
And the principle of sharing intellectual property resulting from today’s announcement
For France Telecom, this collaboration with Motorola is a clear demonstration of France Telecom’s strategy to develop new and innovative integrated services for its customers independently from the access network they are using. This project will allow customers access to communication services through the Internet, Interactive TV as well as fixed or mobile lines. It marks the commitment taken by France Telecom to join forces with industry leaders in order to leverage resources and expertise, and to offer the best services to its end customers.
For Motorola, the announcement marks a significant step towards the realization of its vision for seamless mobility through next generation networks, devices and applications based on its innovative heritage, extensive R&D investments and understanding of both service provider and end-user needs.
In today’s market context, both companies are convinced of the need to develop new types of relationships between telecommunications operators and equipment vendors in order to cope with the challenges of increasing competition and the convergence of the Telecom, IT and Multimedia industries.