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Wireless Application Protocol (WAP): A Perspective

Published: 20 November 2000

ID: G0090909

Analyst(s): Federica Troni

Summary

The Wireless Application Protocol has established itself as a useful standard for mobile data applications and services in Europe and in some other geographic areas. However, the hype surrounding the availability of the first WAP-enabled handsets and services has, at times, created expectations that are not going to be fulfilled. The WAP experience, far from being close to the Internet experience, can be difficult and frustrating or simply not too exciting. How will WAP develop, who will be driving the development, and who are the leading players? Read on to find out.

Table Of Contents
  • Technology Basics
    • What Is WAP?
    • How Does WAP Work?
    • The Key Elements
    • The WAP Architecture
  • Technology Analysis
    • WAP and the Existing Standards
    • Independence from Wireless Bearers
    • Independence from Devices and Operating Systems
    • Proliferation of Data Formats
    • Transcoding Technologies
    • XML
    • eXtensible HTML (XHTML)
    • WAP and Broadband Networks
    • Security
    • Interoperability
    • WAP Strengths
    • WAP Limitations
    • Business Use
    • Benefits and Risks
    • Standards
  • Technology Leaders
    • Handsets
    • WAP Carrier Server Suite
    • Content Aggregator Portal
    • WAP Service Portals
    • Translator and Tool Providers
  • Technology Alternatives
    • iMode
    • Microsoft Mobile Explorer (MME)
    • J-Sky
    • HDML
  • Insight

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