Apple's AIM partner, IBM has signed a number of agreements with other firms aiming to develop e-commerce over the wireless Web.

IBM’s partners include Apple-ally Motorola, Nokia (with whom Apple announced a relationship last week), Cisco Systems, Intel, Ericsson, Palm and Symbian.

Motorola and IBM are working together on an open, scalable voice and data framework for ISPs (Internet service providers) and ASPs (application service providers) to develop and access wireless software and services. The initial framework will be available by the third quarter, IBM said in a statement. IBM did not disclose any financial terms of the various agreements.

Nokia will partner IBM on wireless e-commerce services for ISPs and ASPs provided over Nokia's Artus Messaging Platform, IBM said. Cisco and IBM are developing the next generation of wireless networks for ASPs and ISPs.

IBM is working with Ericsson, Palm, Symbian and Intel to develop IBM software that works with the companies' various wireless hardware products. IBM has also signed on to Palm's Global Alliance Program, the company said.