Nokia keeps 3G Real with Streaming Media

Future mobile devices look set to deliver a superior range of multimedia features, following a partnership between Nokia and RealNetworks Inc.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 5, 2000

Future mobile devices look set to deliver a superior range of multimedia features, following a partnership between Nokia and RealNetworks Inc, creators of the popular Internet media software package RealPlayer.

The business venture, announced by the Finnish phone manufacturers, includes the design of an affordable technology to distribute streaming media via mobile devices.

RealNetworks Inc. will create a technology that is compatible with Nokia's forthcoming EPOC. It will then run on the next wave of Nokia communicators and smart phones.

The goal is for customers to experience RealAudio and RealPlayer multimedia clips on their mobile phone handsets. The deal gives both Nokia and RealNetworks a head start in the race to produce the all-in-one mobile device, as powerful an entertainment tool as it is a communicator.

New Dimension

Anssi Vanjoki, executive vice president, Nokia, told Mobile Executive: "Streaming Media is a good fit with our vision of the Mobile Information Society and introduces a new dimension to the mobile phone user experience."

However, Nokia acknowledges the biggest problem that the partnership must still face is that of bandwidth. While the technology to deliver music files exists today, file sizes are limited by bandwidth restrictions. Bandwidth must be enlarged if mobiles are ever to receive video clips.

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