Welcome!

Mobile IoT Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Zakia Bouachraoui, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Carmen Gonzalez

Related Topics: Mobile IoT

Mobile IoT: Article

UMTS and Common Sense

UMTS and Common Sense

Will WAP and m-services really matter in, say, two years? Will the many billions of dollars spent on getting UMTS licenses in auctions around Europe actually pay off, or will 802.11b (wireless Ethernet) cut a corner, like it already seems to have done with Bluetooth - after that disastrous attempt at demonstrating it at CEBIT in Germany earlier this year - and become the standard? Add to that the convergence between XHTML and WML, and what it will mean for home page/WAP service developers.

Frankly, I understand the frustration of the big WAP terminal and microbrowser producers, which is probably what made them decide that WAP was moving forward too slowly, and started them working on m-services instead. In theory it's an excellent idea to get a lot of players to cooperate, but if politics begin to take more time than getting standards expansions out to the developers and, consequently, the users, something's wrong.

Yet will talking about certificates, mobile payments and fancy GUIs actually mean that m-services will make a difference in the mobile market? In a few years, when the convergence between the "old" Internet, and the mobile ditto (and therefore the developing tools) will be the same for both fixed and mobile platforms, will m-services really be able to make more than just a dent in the mobile market? I'm not too sure. It seems a safe bet to develop using XML and XSLT and then wait and see.

In a previous issue of Wireless Business & Technology (Vol. 1, issue 5), I ironized over the fact that some people don't seem to trust their phone company's integrity and, consequently, the safety of using their WAP gateway. I have to admit that I've now actually experienced how a phone company can seem to be without integrity.

Tiscali, which not only sponsors a bicycle team in the Tour de France, but also, among other things, offers fixed wireless access (FWA) to the Internet as well as GSM (cellular) accounts, is at present seemingly trying to get rid of their customers, through a mass mailing of unsubstantiated claims of payment without services rendered, as well as intimidation of those who won't pay. Wireless Business & Technology contacted the mother company to get their view (to no avail), while the local branch refuses to go on record as saying or committing to anything. Meanwhile, it's a story that's being picked up by several newspapers. So yes, I now agree that there are cases when it can be necessary to have a secure line around the phone operators' gateway. Caveat emptor seems to be the eternally sound piece of advice.

Such occurrences tell us that we're in for some changes. Big WAP terminal producers have suddenly found themselves in a declining market as they reach maturity in the industrialized countries and scramble to get out of terminal production. The market now seems to focus on value-added services and all the areas that surround them by the simple act of providing Internet access. In addition to customer relations, creating more user-friendly systems is of key importance. What good is it to have a plethora of WAP services available, if the sales clerk at the store never mentions anything about it to the customer purchasing a terminal? Not to mention half the search engines reportedly are showing serious user-interaction problems.

I recently got a Psion Revo, with a 240 x 180 pixel screen. I love the machine and how it enables me to stay in contact with the world when I'm on the move. Too bad it requires my Siemens S35i and its built-in modem to communicate. And I had to pay an extra $25 to get a WAP browser for the PDA. What's the business sense in that? Considering that Psion is a British company, and consequently should know all about WAP expansion in its home market, it makes little sense to have customers go through the hassle of buying an extra piece of software like a WAP microbrowser, when it would hardly affect the end price to include it in the first place. The terminal producers need to get a better sense of perspective - or at least a bit of common sense - integrated into their strategic thinking.

More Stories By Hans-Henrik Ohlsen

Hans-Henrik T. Ohlsen, WAP editor of WBT, is a member of the Danish
Data Asociation, where he heads the Experience Exchange Group
on Wireless Applications (WAP, Bluetooth, 3G). Hans is also a member
of the Communications and Internet Council.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Nicolas Fierro is CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. He is a programmer, technologist, and operations dev who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. His knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with the original core team in Switzerland.
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
Whenever a new technology hits the high points of hype, everyone starts talking about it like it will solve all their business problems. Blockchain is one of those technologies. According to Gartner's latest report on the hype cycle of emerging technologies, blockchain has just passed the peak of their hype cycle curve. If you read the news articles about it, one would think it has taken over the technology world. No disruptive technology is without its challenges and potential impediments t...
If a machine can invent, does this mean the end of the patent system as we know it? The patent system, both in the US and Europe, allows companies to protect their inventions and helps foster innovation. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be set to disrupt the patent system as we know it. This talk will examine how AI may change the patent landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, ways in which companies can best protect their AI related inventions will be examined from both a US and...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks who attend the entire track can leave the conference with some of the skills necessary to get their work done when they get back to their offices. It actually ties back to some work that I'm doing at the University of San...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...