'With FMC, focus will be on IP voice and applications'

VoicenData Bureau
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Mobile enterprise solutions are gaining popularity around the world, what

are its prospects in India?

These are interesting times for the business of mobile solutions globally.

People are increasingly becoming mobile in both their personal and professional

lives and more than 30% of the workforce in Europe is mobile. In India too, the

mobile workforce is driving up demand for mobile applications. The market for

these applications is being fuelled by the penetration of mobile devices such as

laptops. Currently, the customers are using multiple devices for various

services and content. This is also an opportunity for mobile solutions as it

indicates a customer preference for selecting the best content and service that

are there.


 And there are statistics to show

that employees using wireless e-mail can recover about 55 minutes a day and this

will increase to 80 minutes by the end of 2007. However, despite the fact that

82% of people claim to use mobile devices for business, just 12% of employees

are provided devices by their companies, so the opportunities are still immense

not just in India, but globally as well.

In providing the mobile applications, how does Nokia plan to overcome the

QoS issues related to the mobile networks?

We work with some of the most demanding markets in the world, and the

quality standards are the same all over the world. Ultimately, the QoS depends

to a large degree on the operator's network. From our end we ensure that the

hardware and the applications are capable of offering the highest QoS levels.

Also, our solutions work both on GSM and CDMA networks, so technology does not

come in the way of customers using these applications and devices.

These applications may be e-mail, voice, or other enterprise applications and

resources. Nokia's flagship products, the 9500 communicator and 9300

smartphones can allow users this freedom of using the enterprise resources while

on the move.


Despite the acknowledged value of mobility within the enterprise, building a

solid business case for widespread deployment requires knowledge and time.

Mobile data is far from mass penetration.

Mobile data has taken off slowly, as evidenced by analysts' forecasts. RIM

BlackBerry's 2 mn customers represent just a fraction of the 2 bn plus mobile

phone users worldwide.

What are Nokia's initiatives for promoting such converged networks in

India? Is Nokia also developing enterprise solutions for FMC environments?

Fixed mobility convergence takes away the problems of being stranded at one

place. The opportunity for this market is huge. With fixed mobile convergence

sure to come, the focus will now be more on IP voice and applications. Nokia has

also acquired Intellisync, a leader in platform-independent

wireless messaging and applications for mobile devices.

The acquisition enhances Nokia's ability to be at the core of any mobility

solution for businesses of all sizes, as many other vendors also use

Intellisync's solutions.

Alok Singh