French wireless firm joins Symbian partner program

Wavecom SA, a French supplier of wireless technology to handset manufacturers, has joined a partnership program of Symbian Ltd., the OS software company owned by several leading wireless equipment vendors.

By becoming a member of the Symbian Platinum Program, Wavecom will be able to ensure the compatibility of its mobile personal digital assistant (PDA) and smart phone systems with Symbian technology, the wireless systems vendor said Thursday in a statement.

As a result, its customers will be able to integrate Symbian OS-based functions, such as e-mail, calendars and address books, into their smart phones without interoperability problems, the company said.

“As a member of the program, we will have access to system specifications as the Symbian operating system evolves,” said Wavecom spokesperson Mette Haffner Gullesen. “This is a way for us to be proactive, which will benefit our customers.”

The company can also expect to receive direct support and services from a team of technical and commercial service providers within the Symbian partnership program, according to the Symbian Web site.

Wavecom, which is located in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, supplies manufacturers of handheld devices with complete wireless modules, including hardware and software.

London-based Symbian develops and licenses a global, open-industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile devices, according to the company’s Web site. Its owners include Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Nokia Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (Panasonic), Motorola Inc., Psion PLC, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Siemens AG and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB.

Last month, Motorola agreed to sell its stake in Symbian to Nokia and Psion.

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