WAP ready to wire Internet to mobiles

It will take content providers "minimal effort" to convert content to the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), Nokia executives said last week.

WAP is the global de facto standard for bringing Internet services to mobile handsets.

An industry group known as the WAP Forum is driving development of the standard. Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, and Phone.com (formerly known as Unwired Planet) originally made up the forum, which now has close to 100 members.

According to Minna Haataja, business development manager, value added service, Nokia Mobile Phones, Asia Pacific, WAP will enable mobile users to browse the Internet from their mobile phones.

Haataja said by using the Wireless Markup Language (WML), similar to HTML, content providers will be able to "WAP-ify" their content for the micro-browsers of mobile phones.

Haataja said Nokia is already working with content providers in its laboratories, including financial content provider Bridge Financial Information Services.

According Bo Ilsoe, regional marketing director, Nokia Telecommunications, South East Asia & Pacific, Nokia's first WAP-enabled phone, the Nokia 7110, will be available in Australian in Q4.

Before this phone becomes available, Ilsoe said Nokia plans to form key partnerships with local content providers across different regions to provide WAP standard content.

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