Members address interoperability, future enhancements of the WAP Specification

WAP Version 1.2 Announced in Sydney

According to the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum, the number of mobile phone subscribers is expected to reach 500 million worldwide by 2003, and by that time 75 percent of all mobile phones will be Internet-enabled.

Representatives from the world’s leading technology companies gathered together in Sydney today at the members meeting of the WAP Forum to demonstrate the latest developments in WAP technology. The demonstration was organised to coincide with a Sydney meeting of representatives from the more than 250 member companies comprising the WAP Forum.

The WAP Forum is meeting for the fifth time this year to discuss methods to advance the development of WAP technology and ensure that users of portable devices can securely access and instantly interact with Internet/intranet information and other forms of wireless data through cross-industry interoperability. To ensure interoperability, the WAP Forum has selected The Open Group, a vendor and technology-neutral consortium dedicated to enterprise integration, to develop automated tests, to ensure wireless vendor's products are meeting the WAP specifications, and to develop and manage certification of wireless vendor's products.

The WAP Forum has recently enjoyed a dramatic rise in membership, with 52 new members joining the association since September this year. WAP Forum membership is open to all industry participants, and the group’s members represent the majority of the leading players in the global communications technology sector. Handset manufacturers representing 95 per cent of the world market have committed to shipping WAP-enabled devices, while carriers, representing more than 100 million subscribers internationally have also joined WAP.

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