CTIA's Wireless 2001 (March 2001) Conference In
20 to March 22, 2001, Las Vegas was the host to over 700 wireless,
telecommunications and IT firms
and thousands of industry players gathered for one of the largest industry
trade shows, soon after GSM Conference in Cannes, France.
It was organized by Cellular
Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) with hundreds of exhibitors,
educational seminars and keynote speakers representing dot-com companies,
phone service companies and hardware manufacturers.
IT managers expressed opinions that put enterprise applications for
automating business processes of the mobile workers ahead of consumer and
m-commerce applications. Security and application integration continue to
be major concerns.
While there was
tremendous excitement last year in New Orleans, this year, there was
pragmatic and guarded realism behind the marketing enthusiasm of vendors. In
some quarters, there was concern as well. Here are some snippets from the
show, as reported in the press.
showed MiLife Media platform - a software, hardware and service
package for voice browsing, audio content aggregation sand video
streaming capability. Concern for bandwidth for this application was
apparent. Developer kit will be available in June 2001 from Lucent
announced a more secure version of its Oracle wireless database for
GSM networks. With help from SmartTrust (a subsidiary of Sonera),
Oracle announced Oracle 9i wireless edition that will support wireless
of Dallas, Texas, USA showed Omnia Unified Messaging application
software for carriers and enterprises that want to offer wireless
serviceces. It includes m-payment and billing system for m-commerce.
announced a new platform for delivering corporate data on handhelds in
a highly-crowded space.
(Sun-Netscape alliance) announced extension to its wireless product
offerings to include more m-commerce capabilities.
- MobileInfo acknowledges eWeek magazine for some of the information on