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A Forum for Wireless Standards…About time isn’t it?

Written By: P. Hayes
Published On: April 20 2000

A Forum for Wireless StandardsAbout time isn't it?
P. Hayes - April 20th, 2000

Event Summary

CANNES, France, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mobile Wireless Internet Forum (MWIF), a forum focused on accelerating the deployment of open, Internet-based standards for mobile wireless networks announced its formation today.

Its founding members are Alcatel, Bell Atlantic Mobile, Celletra, Cisco Systems, Compaq, Comverse Network Systems, DDI Corporation, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, Hyundai Electronics, IBM, IP Mobile, KPMG Consulting, LG Information and Communications Ltd., Lucent Technologies, Malibu Networks, Microsoft, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Nortel Networks, Orange, Portal Software, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Sharp Corporation, Siemens, SK Telecom, Solect, Sony, Sprint PCS, Sun Microsystems, Synacom Technology, Tekelec, Telcordia, TELOS Technology, Telstra, Telesystem International Wireless (TIW), Toshiba, 3Com, Vodafone AirTouch and WIND. (Source: PRNewswire)

Market Impact

MWIF will exist to implement internationalized Wireless IP-based services consisting of data, video, and voice programs. If the MWIF can reach a successful standard based on the Wireless Access Protocol (WAP), which is already dominating European and Asian markets, wireless communication will be seamless regardless of time, location or device.

The beginnings of an Internet based set of wireless IP standards are welcome news to vendors and consumers alike. Utilizing agreed upon open standards will allow vendors to produce applications at an accelerated rate while reducing the core cost overhead, thereby allowing more consumer-friendly flexibility within the channels.

The world wireless market is enveloping the globe with well over 700 million wireless Internet accessible devices expected by 2003. As the market grows, standards must be finalized in order for seamless wireless Internet access to become a global reality. A wireless standards forum has been needed for years, and given the wide array of vendors participating now, we believe a global standard can be achieved and implemented quickly.

User Recommendations

As we all know, communications are based on a set of rules called protocols, from which standards must be set so that all information traveling across a public network or Internet can be used independent of machine or operating system. The most familiar protocol is of course, TCP/IP. Referred to as IP (Internet Protocol), based upon the IPV4 standard, which is based upon a 32 bit addressing scheme, implemented by the Defense Advanced Research Planning Agency (DARPA) in the 1960s.

The MWIF will standardize on an IP based protocol, most likely WAP (Probability 99%) in the coming weeks, speeding delivery of wireless products to market.

 
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