Firmly interested in the consumer market, Nokia will begin getting more of its enterprise products from other companies rather than developing in-house, the cell phone giant said today.
In what the company characterized as a renewal of its strategy for business customers, Nokia will stop developing and marketing its own customer-premise applications such as Nokia Intellisync, officials said.
“Going forward, Nokia plans to form its enterprise solutions offering by combining Nokia devices and applications with software solutions from industry leading enterprise vendors such as Microsoft, IBM, Cisco and others,” officials said.
The company also is “in the advanced stages” of selling its security appliances business to a financial investor. “The investor is committed to continuing the development and growth of the business, to serving its current network of customers, and to retaining and motivating its employees,” although the investor’s name is not yet disclosed, the company said.
In related news, Nokia and its sister company, Nokia Siemens Networks, announced a patent license agreement with Huawei covering global use patents for GSM, WCDMA, CDMA2000, optical networking, data communications and WiMAX technologies.
Huawei is 35th company to license Nokia patents, but the deal is Nokia Siemens Networks’ most significant thus far, officials said, declining to state a value.