Monday, June 19, 2006
When Nokia and Siemens Join Forces for Handsets....
This deal follows announcement by a group to create Linux-based software for handsets. This group includes: Motorola, Vodafone, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung, NEC and Matsushita. NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone are operators while others are hardware manufacturers. Clearly, this is meant to challenge Symbian (Nokia-dominant; but Siemens also is a shareholder) and Microsoft Windows Mobile.
Is the Nokia-Siemens merger intended to further consolidate the role of Symbian against competing software standards? It may be curious that Samsung and Panasonic are common members of both Symbian and the new Linux-based software initiative. But, it is expected in dynamic networks.
Positioning in multiple networks may be a strategic requirement for success in the network era. Fixed, static positions under conditions of fast-change may prove limiting.