Ericsson offers end-to-end WAP solution for the mobile Internet

Press Release February 4, 2000 Ericsson offers end-to-end WAP solution for the mobile Internet WISE Time to WAP is Ericsson's end-to-end solution for network operators to rapidly offer users mobile Internet services. It combines a number of Ericsson wireless and datacom products, applications and services into one integrated solution, enabling operators to shorten time-to-market and offers consumers a range of new applications. Introduction of WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) opens up new potential for consumers to enjoy services that mark the beginning of a complete change in the way they live and work. For operators, WAP technology provides the means to deliver these services. Ericsson's WISE Time to WAP is a complete end-to-end solution that enables operators to deliver WAP applications rapidly and effectively. Ericsson's WISE Time to WAP is a total solution comprised of seven components: @ WAP applications - A ready-to-go suite of applications, including 'Messaging-over-IP Wireless e-mail'. With this application, consumers can manage their e-mail via a WAP browser. A wireless e-mail server can also be supplied. The revenue generating applications can be adapted to local market needs as required. @ Application development - WapIDE (WAP Integrated Development Environment) allows operators and content providers to develop WAP applications, for, as an example, banking, games and directory services. @ WAP application server - provides a development environment and runtime platform consisting of open APIs (Application Programming Interface) that makes it possible to introduce commercial WAP applications quickly and efficiently. The server can convert HTML to WML, allowing users to view Web documents on any WAP terminal or phone. @ Terminals - Ericsson's Time to WAP solution includes a set of WAP- enabled terminals, such as Ericsson's R320 and MC218. @ WAP Gateway/Proxy - Ericsson's WAP Gateway/Proxy efficiently connects the mobile world with the Internet world as a node in the GSM network. The WAP gateway maps WAP protocols on the mobile side to HTTP and TCP/IP on the Internet side by SMS or any IP bearer, for example, circuit switched data or General Packet Radio Service (GPRS). @ Integrated Access System - allows any vendor's MSC (Mobile Switching Center) to be directly connected to a WAP gateway/proxy, without the need to go via the PSTN or ISDN network. Based on Ericsson's AXC multi-service platform, it efficiently offers users the convenience of wireless remote access. @ Services and Training - WISE Time to WAP is backed up by a range of customer services that facilitate smooth customer implementation. In co- operation with an operator, Ericsson's WAP Consulting will develop and integrate new applications requested. WISE is a portfolio of Wireless Internet Solutions from Ericsson, designed to integrate GSM and Internet technologies. WISE blends carrier-class products from Ericsson's wireless and datacom portfolios. Ericsson is establishing itself as the leader in mobile Internet. Unlike any other vendor, Ericsson is able to combine its capabilities in mobile networks, 3G technologies, multimedia applications and carrier-class IP backbone systems to provide a complete, end-to-end solution for mobile applications. The company is also leading standardization work and enabling the development of new applications through its Developer's Zone. Ericsson is the leading provider in the new telecoms world, with communications solutions that combine telecom and datacom technologies with freedom of mobility for the user. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for its customers - network operators, service providers, enterprises and consumers - the world over. Please visit Ericsson's Press Room at: http://www.ericsson.se/pressroom FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Johan Wiklund, Ericsson Corporate Communications Phone: +46 70 560 0134; E-mail: johan.wiklund@lme.ericsson.se Fadi Pharaon, Director Mobile Internet Marketing & Sales Ericsson Internet Applications Phone: +46 70 586 3142; E-mail: fadi.pharaon@era.ericsson.se Additional information WAP, Wireless Application Protocol, is the de facto worldwide standard for providing Internet communications and advanced mobile services on digital mobile phones, pagers, personal digital assistants and other wireless terminals. WAP is compatible with GSM 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz, cdmaOne, TDMA wireless standards, as well as all of the proposed 3G communication systems. Already in June 1999, Ericsson delivered the world's first end-to-end WAP 1.1 system - the first true WAP standard. Since then, Ericsson has already delivered more than 40 WAP 1.1 compliant systems to mobile network operators, worldwide. To promote Internet access using a mobile phone, Ericsson was part of establishing the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum. The general objective of the forum was to enable the wireless industry and content developers to provide compatible products and services across a wide variety of platforms. WAP-compatible devices are capable of translating the incoming Internet data to match the capabilities of the mobile device. The specific goal of the WAP Forum is to create a global wireless Internet protocol for small screen mobile terminals that are unable to display HTML-based Web pages. Additional information about WAP is available at http://www.wapforum.org Ericsson has established the WAP Developers Zone to provide support for WAP application developers with training, developers tools, conferences and WAP expert help. The cornerstone in the WAP Developers Zone is the worldwide network of WAP competence, which can support regional WAP firms. ------------------------------------------------------------ Please visit http://www.bit.se for further information The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2000/02/04/20000204BIT00340/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2000/02/04/20000204BIT00340/bit0002.pdf

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