Nokia and Ericsson begin interoperability testing of their WAP products
(August 29, 1999)
Nokia and Ericsson have initiated the interoperability testing between their products and solutions supporting the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). The test between Nokia and Ericsson WAP products, such as mobile phones and server products and solutions, is an important step for both companies in further establishing WAP as a truly global standard for mobile data communication. The intent of the tests is to enhance the compatibility of WAP based products and services, hence ensuring that they would operate together independent of manufacturer.
Nokia and Ericsson are two of the four co-founders of the WAP Forum Ltd., and are
both fully committed to WAP interoperability across the industry. Both companies
have introduced several WAP compatible products, solutions and services for wireless
digital markets and have been at the forefront of the WAP development in the industry.
WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) is a de-facto standard for Internet content and advanced telephony services in digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals. The WAP Forum has published a global wireless protocol specification for all wireless networks that will be submitted to the appropriate standard bodies.
Nokia is the world's leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile and fixed telecom networks including related customer services. Nokia also supplies solutions and products for fixed and wireless datacom, as well as multimedia terminals and computer displays. In 1998, net sales totaled EUR 13.3 billion (USD 15.7 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges, has sales in over 130 countries and employs more than 47 000 people worldwide.
Ericsson is the leading provider in the new telecoms world, with communications solutions that combine telecom and datacom technologies with freedom of mobility for the user. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for its customers - network operators, service providers, enterprises and consumers - the world over. Please visit Ericsson's Press Room at www.ericsson.se/pressroom
The Wireless Application Protocol is a de-facto standard for Internet content and advanced telephony services in digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals. The WAP Forum, which now comprises over 90 members, has published a global wireless protocol specification for all wireless networks that will be submitted to the appropriate standard bodies.
WAP enables manufacturers, network operators, content providers and application developers to offer compatible products and secure services on all digital devices and networks resulting in greater economies of scale and universal access to information. WAP Forum membership is open to all industry participants. A membership application form, the Version 1.0 specification and the draft specification 1.1 are available for download at the WAP Forum Web site: www.wapforum.org.