America Online Starts Wireless Division
America Online Inc. [NYSE:AOL], in its effort to be "everywhere" with
its content and services, has started the "AOL Wireless" division and
has appointed Dennis Patrick to lead the subsidiary.
The new division extends on the company's "AOL Anywhere" initiative
to have its content available on non-PC devices like wireless phones
and personal digital assistants (PDAs), AOL spokesperson Anne Bentley
Already, AOL has inked deals with partners as diverse as Motorola,
Compaq Computer and Hewlett-Packard, in relation to delivering content
to wireless devices. The company's pact with Motorola, for example,
calls for both companies to develop the AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)
application to integrate into Motorola's smart wireless devices,
including Motorola's WAP (Wireless Application Protocol)-enabled
Timeport P1088 smart phone and the Timeport P930 two-way wireless
AOL's recent purchase of Tegic Communications as well as its pending
acquisition of MapQuest.com are called keys to the company's entrance
into the wireless world, Bentley said.
As president of AOL Wireless, Patrick will be in charge of operations
and gaining new partnerships and initiatives for the world's largest
Internet/online service, Bentley said. Patrick has already been serving
as senior advisor to AOL President and Chief Operating Officer Bob
Pittman on the company's strategy for the delivery of content and
services to wireless devices.
Prior to joining Dulles-based AOL, Patrick was president and chief
executive officer of Doeg Hill Ventures LLC, a closely held venture-
capital company focused on early stage investments in wireless
telecommunications business enterprises.
Reported by Washtech.com, http://www.washtech.com