Ericsson introduces first WAP solutions for Service and Content Providers
Ericsson introduces first WAP solutions for Service and Content Providers Ericsson announces its first two products supporting WAP (the Wireless Application Protocol). Shown for the first time today are a WAP Gateway and a WAP Service Developers' Kit for Service and Content Providers, which allow the development of massmarket access to Internet services from small-screen mobile phones. Demonstrated at the GSM Asia-Pacific Congress in Singapore, these Ericsson solutions will help create applications that provide users of mobile phones and other small-screen handheld terminals with direct access to Internet services without a laptop PC. At present, if mobile phone users want to access on-line services they usually have to connect a laptop computer or PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) to their mobile phone. With WAP-enabled terminals, many datacom applications will be accessible from the terminal itself, using a built-in browser. Ericsson's WAP Gateway for GSM operators is a network node providing direct connection between the mobile network and dedicated Internet application servers. It acts as a "client" of these servers, and can be accessed through USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Services Data), SMS or any IP bearer, for example circuit-switched datacoms or GPRS (General Packet Radio Services). The WAP Gateway will be further field trialled later this year and will be commercially available from mid-1999. Ericsson's WAP Service Developers' Kit is a suite of design tools for Providers wanting to develop WAP-compatible on-line services, for instance in e-commerce, messaging, info provisioning or gaming. Services can also be combined with telephony to offer users sophisticated call handling and control, for instance immediate callback to a voice-mail. The kit contains tools enabling design, simulation and customization of WAP applications. The terminal's graphical user interface can be simulated, applications developed without the need for a detailed knowledge of the protocol's Wireless Markup Language (WML) or existing HTML-based applications can be made WAP-compatible. The Service Developers' Kit will be commercially available from November 1998. Ericsson´s 100,000 employees are active in more than 130 countries. Their combined expertise in fixed and mobile networks, mobile phones and infocom systems makes Ericsson a world-leading supplier in telecommunications. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Per Ocklind, WAP Co-ordinator Ericsson Wireless Internet Phone: +46 8 404 9571, +46 705 927 567 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Johan Wiklund, Press Relations Manager Ericsson Business Area Mobile Systems Phone: +46 70 560 0134; E-mail: email@example.com Wireless Application Protocol WAP works across many different wireless network technologies, since the protocol is a global, open standard intended to encourage the rapid development of advanced, differentiated wireless services by operators and content providers. This will attract new subscribers and open up the mass- market for wireless datacom services. The WAP Forum, with Ericsson as one of the four founding members, now has more than 60 member companies.