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HP partners with 3G gear maker

Major cell phone infrastructure provider plans to use HP's telecom software in 3G mobile network gear.

Hewlett-Packard is set to announce that a major cell phone infrastructure provider plans to use HP's telecom software in third-generation cell phone network gear. An HP representative would not disclose the name of the company that recently awarded HP the multiple-year supply contract. The representative also declined to reveal financial details of the deal, except to say it was in the "multiple millions." The network equipment maker will be adding OpenCall and HP's Linux-based telephone equipment software, among other applications, into the equipment.

The Linux version of HP's popular OpenCall product isn't yet finished, but a software development kit, along with new telecommunications-specific Intel servers, will allow customers to start testing their software, said Martin Fink, general manager of HP's Linux division.