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CTIA's Wireless 2001 (March 2001) Conference In Las Vegas 

From March 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.

General Comments
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.

  • Lucent 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 website.

  • OracleMobile 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 PKI.

  • InterVoice-Brite  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.

  • Neomar announced a new platform for delivering corporate data on handhelds in a highly-crowded space.

  • iPlanet (Sun-Netscape alliance) announced extension to its wireless product offerings to include more m-commerce capabilities.

Source - MobileInfo acknowledges eWeek magazine for some of the information on this page.. 

 


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