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The Future of Mobile Computing according to Red Herring
Posted: 01-May-2000 [Source: PRNewswire]

[The Mobile Internet is poised for explosive growth according to this joint study.]

San Francisco, Calif -- "The results of a joint study on the future of mobile computing, conducted by Red Herring and Mobile Insights, projects that a new age of ubiquitous computing is just around the corner. The findings, to be announced today at Red Herring Events' Venture 2000, states that a wireless Web infrastructure is poised to surpass deskbound surfing.

"Venture 2000, the invitation-only conference for tech-savvy executives, financiers, and entrepreneurs explores the most pressing issues affecting business leaders and entrepreneurs, through debates, keynotes, intimate roundtable sessions and strategic panel discussions. The conference is being held May 1-3 at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

"Red Herring's study proposes that the next great revolution in technology will be a shifting away from the current Web and e-mail framework to completely wireless Internet applications. "The PC, which was designed for document-based computing," said John Mecklenburg, Red Herring Events editor, "was the first broadly distributed Internet device. But the convergence of wireless communications and the Internet will launch an era of ubiquitous computing in which businesses will be able to reach their most valued, highest revenue-generating customers anywhere, anytime. It will make the Web revolution seem trivial by comparison."

"There will be a new generation of smaller, wireless Internet access devices," continued Mecklenburg, "particularly cell phones, that will be cheaper, easier to use, more diverse in their applications than PCs, much more appealing to consumers, and much more suited to communications. Within five years, all businesses will have to adapt to this new era: customers will expect sales, support, and communications wherever they are."

"J. Gerry Purdy, CEO of Mobile Insights and general partner of Monarch Capital Partners, stated, "With an estimated 10,000 dot-com companies and 700 ISPs in existence, there's a tremendous kinetic energy in the entire e-commerce market. It's taken about 10 years to develop the necessary infrastructure for e-commerce, including the evolution of the World Wide Web, development of browser technologies, implementation of secure online transactions, and restructuring of the basic supply chain. But it's only the beginning when it comes to the next wave: wireless e-commerce or mobile e-commerce."

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