The recent alliance agreement, signed in the US between 3Com Corp and Research In Motion (RIM), a manufacturer of wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market, will deliver a "new wave" of mobility in enterprise communications.

This is the view of Wolfgang Held, a business technologist at 3Com SA, who says it is a signal that instant access to voice and data communications - as well as time-sensitive information - from a single handheld device has become a "must have" for companies looking to improve employee productivity.

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