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Japan's Mobile Phones Debut at Summit in Okinawa
Posted: 07-Jul-2000 [Source: Nikkei Computer]

[Representatives to the G-8 Summit in Okinawa will have a chance to experience the Mobile Internet first hand due to an initiative from Japan's mobile carriers.]

Tokyo -- "Japan's "keitai" (mobile) phones will make their world debut at the upcoming G-8 Summit meeting of the leaders of the major industrial nations.

"There will be about 3,000 mobile phones with Internet access capability for NTT DoCoMo Inc., DDI Corp. and IDO Corp. services to be loaned out to officials and press people from around the world.

"The summit is to carry forth the strong wishes expressed by the late Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, who pushed for holding the meeting in Okinawa. One of his goals was to let the world know about Japan's advanced mobile technologies. During the summit, a broad range of information customized for mobile phones is expected.

"Toshiba Corp., Oracle Corp. of Japan and Mitsui & Co. will be in charge of making this appeal heard. For the time period of the summit, the three companies will set up and operate a special Web site devoted exclusively to the summit, and post various information on facilities, etc., which is expected to be accessed by the rental phones.

"However, the description language for writing Web pages is different between NTT DoCoMo and IDO/DDI. NTT DoCoMo uses its "i-mode" (compact HTML), while the DDI/IDO alliance uses HDML. For this reason, Oracle's Web page creation software "Portal-to-go" for mobile telephones will be used to create the same content in both compact HTML and HDML.

"As the Web site is expected to be a focus of attention worldwide, the three companies engaged in building the system appeared to have paid a great deal of care on measures to deal with troubles. UNIX server "UX7000," which is supplied to Toshiba by Sun Microsystems Inc. on an OEM basis, will be in operation. According to a Toshiba systems official, the system will be a two-server clustering connection, to provide hot standby capability.

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