Current Topics In Mobile Computing
CTIA's Wireless 2000 Conference In
28 to March 1, New Orleans was the host to hundreds of high-tech firms
and thousands of industry players gathered for the years largest industry
trade. Organized by Cellular
Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) with 732 exhibitors,
educational seminars and keynote speakers representing dot-com companies,
phone service companies and hardware manufacturers.
The emerging theme was “Complete
- Microsoft Corp.’s
Bill Gates kicked off the show with a speech on how wireless and
Internet technologies will affect consumers and businesses.
idea now that we can take the voice and data worlds, and let people access
stuff anywhere they want to go, that’s really an incredible
opportunity,” said Mr. Gates promising to empower wireless devices with
software and platforms.
Microsystems Inc.’s COO,
Ed Zander, used
his keynote to announce the Company’s wireless Initiatives (see
announcements) and stressed the importance of bandwidth. He said,
users shouldn’t have to worry about what operating system runs their
device – “It should just work.”
Bezos, CEO of Web retailer Amazon.com, spoke on the challenge of
merging wireless with e-commerce. He expects Amazon.com’s revenues
from wireless to be 100 percent in the future.
Rossan, chairman and CEO of Phone.com and the innovator of WAP, first,
defended the slow standards process of WAP, and then
explained why Phone.com has purchased three companies in the
last 90 days – “You need to build a map and then you need to fill
West CEO Sol Trujillo closed the keynote session with mild comments
about the industry.
Case, the head of American Online Inc., focused on the need to forge
strong partnerships. “It’s
a new world, and it requires a new spirit of partnership,” said the
CEO. Consistent with his message, AOL announced six partnerships (see
second version of Microsoft’s MSN Mobile, an Internet portal
designed specially for wireless devices
Microsystems Inc.’s new initiatives:
Computing plans to use Sun’s iPlanet services and Star Office portal to
give customers wireless access to corporate applications via Palm VII
service with Lucent Technologies Inc. to enable mobile workers to gain
access to corporate intranets and e-mail systems from any mobile or
Intuitive Applications Access solution for service providers will be
marketed to wireless carriers
Atlantic Mobile and Amazon.com agreement that will enable users of
Bell’s digital wireless phones to shop electronically
and Motorola Inc. to create a co-branded wireless Web device that
let’s customers use a mobile version of AOL’s Instant Messenger
and Research in Motion Ltd. will offer AOL e-mail and its Instant
Messaging Service on its Blackberry two-way pager.
Wireless Inc. and Nokia Corp. will
co-develop and market various wireless applications for Web-enabled
wireless phones and devices.
Solutions Inc. and Ericsson will work together to roll out a set of
wireless banking services.