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Telecom New Zealand and Microsoft Launch The Next Wave of Mobility

Posted on 15-Aug-2005 16:25 | Filed under: News


Making it easier for New Zealand businesses to benefit from the advances in mobility technologies is the aim of a new joint marketing initiative between Telecom Mobile and Microsoft.

The Next Wave initiative will include co-hosted customer conferences and events, the development of educational and productivity tools, the introduction of a new range of easy-to-use email capable mobile devices and support aimed at business customers.

Kevin Kenrick, General Manager Telecom Mobile, says customers are demanding access to a simple and complete business mobility solution: “Customers are saying that integrating mobile devices and applications is the key to achieving business mobility. Our goal is to make it easier for businesses that can benefit most from the advances in mobility solutions to have easy access to world-class mobility solutions that are simple and easy to use,” he says.

Mr Kenrick says the idea behind the education-based initiative is to demonstrate to businesses and organisations the ways they can leverage their existing investment in mobile and email technologies to drive productivity gains.

“This is the next wave in the evolution of mobility solutions in New Zealand following the successful introduction of Microsoft Exchange 2003 and T3G."

T3G is the Telecom New Zealand's brand name for its high-speed 3G cellular network, based on CDMA EV-DO.

Microsoft Corporation’s Senior Vice President, Mobile and Embedded Devices Division and Communications Sector Business, Pieter Knook, says : “Telecom Mobile has created one of the world’s most powerful business mobile packages, combining the fastest, most reliable mobile broadband network with the best mobile email application to create the best work anywhere solution for customers.

“Telecom Mobile’s ‘Work Anywhere’ strategy seamlessly integrates with Microsoft’s ‘Outlook Anywhere’ strategy. As such, this initiative is a logical step between two organisations that have a deep history of collaboration and a connection with the great majority of New Zealand’s businesses.”

He adds that Telecom Mobile customers will be among the first in the world to roam on a 3G network using Microsoft’s mobile operating software, Windows Mobile 5.0.

The Next Wave initiative will support the launch of a range of mobile devices that can simply integrate with Microsoft’s Outlook software, as well as the emergence of a technology roadmap that includes infrastructure enhancement.

Telecom is rumoured to be preparing the launch of a new Windows Mobile device targeted at email users, based on the HTC Apache platform.