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News | 01/20/2003 5:00 am EST

Companies team for wireless interoperability work
Motorola Inc., Proxim and Avaya have joined forces to develop technology that will enable greater interoperability between varying wireless networks. This could mean that a data download beginning over a wireless network in Starbucks won’t be interrupted when the consumer moves within range of the corporate network. There are enormous technical hurdles to overcome if this is going to become a reality. The move has been described as the most ambitious wireless roaming initiative to take advantage of the expanding use of Wi-Fi networks. In other Motorola news, the U.S. company unveiled details of its new wireless application developer program, dubbed MotoCoder. The program was kicked off in Shanghai, China and is designed to be the driver behind the company’s ongoing application development program. Motorola also used the city as a venue to introduce a whole range of new handsets as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first commercial mobile phone.

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