Nokia has moved closer to the reality of a mobile office with the launch of first data transmission product, the D211, a computer-compatible multimode radio card, unveiled in Beijing last weekend. General manager of sales and marketing at Nokia Mobile Phones, China, Colin Zhao said: 'The Nokia D211 is an ideal product for business professionals who need mobile data connectivity and wish to extend their personal mobility further with remote access to corporate services.' Mr Zhao said that this was the only device needed for mobile data services and e-mail. The device allows for connections to the Internet and the company intranet. The new device will be available in many parts of the world in the second half of the year. After that it would be available in China Cai Yun, a communications officer at Nokia Mobile Phones, China said. Nokia expects its small but powerful D211 to give China Mobile's general packet radio service (GPRS) network a boost because it will provide 'always-on' Internet access within areas that are covered by both the GPRS and systems like the high-speed circuit-switched Data (HSCSD) and wireless local area network (LAN). China Mobile has not officially announced the opening of its GPRS mobile network, but it is expected to be ready in the second half of 2002. According to Ms Cai, the device will allow Internet global access through the use of a portable computer and a mobile phone or wherever wireless LAN service is available, for example at hotels or airports. China Netcom has built dozens of wireless LANs with the help of hotels in major Chinese cities, allowing Internet access at several times the speed of conventional Internet services, according to Beijing-based People's Daily. Ms Cai told SCMP.com that by the time the D211 device hits the market, China Mobile's GPRS network will still not be ready, but the D211 can work with the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM). It will not, however, be compatible with code division multiple access (CDMA), the mobile communications protocol adopted by China Unicom for its second mobile network. Nokia has not yet put a price tag on its D211 device, but, according to Ms Cai, it should not be 'too expensive'.