Among the offerings will be Alcatel's 3G Video Mail Box, which the companies said would deliver music and video over both 3G wireless and broadband wireline networks. The two companies also plan to work on services such as a video delivery portal. Universal Mobile is a unit of major record label Universal Music.
have been talked about for some time but have had trouble reaching take-off speed. Now, however, in Japan, Korea and several European countries, and U.S. carriers say they'll catch up during the next two years.
Video services, in particular, have needed the capacity offered by the technology, which operates 50 times faster than present-day cell phone networks.
In other news Tuesday, Alcatel and SK Telecom of Korea unveiled a photo-music-video service designed to let people produce and send personalized video content to mobile phones or e-mail addresses. The service was tested jointly by the two companies both in Korea and in France, where telecommunications services company Alcatel is based. SK Telecom plans a commercial launch in April.