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December 04, 2007
Nokia Acquires Mobile Access Technologies Company Avvenu
Nokia (News - Alert) announced that it is acquiring remote access and private sharing services company Avvenu. Avvenu’s solutions enable mobile phone users to access, use and share personal computer files in a secure manner.
Once the acquisition is complete, Nokia plans to enhance its portfolio of solutions for mobile operators, providing secure file access and share service direct to mobile workers.
Avvenu, a privately-owned firm started in Palo Alto (News - Alert), California, was founded in 2004. The company will be integrated into Nokia's new Services & Software unit as a part of corporate reorganization. The acquisition remains subject to customary closing conditions and has not yet been completed.
Anytime access to computer content is a key aspect of the mobile Internet, which is changing the nature of devices people carry with them. Mobile phones are not merely phones anymore; many handsets are equipped to connect to the Internet. As a result, the sale of smartphones has increased in the last few years and this trend looks set to continue. Many smartphone owners are using their mobile devices to view, process, and edit content.
“This acquisition is another step toward delivering on Nokia's business mobility strategy,” said , Mary McDowell, executive vice president and general manager, Enterprise Solutions, Nokia, in a statement. “Avvenu's (News - Alert) 'digital locker' file access and sharing technology allows users to search, access and share PC files remotely, using their mobile or other connected devices, even when their PC is turned off or not connected to the Internet.”
McDowell continued: “With the integration of Avvenu's technology, Nokia will further extend its business mobility solutions beyond email to add collaboration tools that enable greater everyday productivity through access to a user's own content anytime, anywhere, from any connected device.”
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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet.