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Nokia and IBM to Collaborate on Public Wireless LANs

Infoworld reports that IBM and Nokia announced a plan to collaborate on product offerings for the Public Wireless LAN market. Public WLANs are envisioned for meeting and waiting areas in public places where people currently use laptops. Examples are restaurants, conference centers, airport terminals, and hotels.

It is important to note that IBM and Nokia have not actually announced any product or service offerings. They announced their intent to collaborate on such offerings in the future. But, these two companies have the resources and global reach to make it easy for existing mobile communications companies to work with them to implement a turnkey WLAN network. This might be a good option for some wireless carriers, most of which have not yet deployed a WLAN infrastructure.

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