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3GPP adopts SyncML for 3G mobile synchronization services
Posted: 29-Mar-2001 [Source: Nokia press release]

[IrMC to be replaced with SyncML in 3GPP release 4 as a sole wide area network synchronization solution.]

SyncML, an open industry initiative, is further strengthening its position as a universal data synchronization protocol. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the standardization forum for 3G mobile systems, has accepted a proposal by the SyncML initiative to adopt SyncML as the protocol for future mobile data synchronization services. This breakthrough agreement, which was approved in the 3GPP TSG-T plenary session in March, means that SyncML will replace IrMC as a sole wide area network synchronization solution in 3GPP release 4.

"We are delighted to see that this respected standardization forum has recognized the need for globally applicable open specifications and true interoperability for key services of 3G," said Douglas Heintzman, the chairman of the SyncML Initiative. "We are constantly working together with various industry fora and bodies to secure the best future-proof technology for mobile data synchronization services."

Founded in February 2000, the SyncML initiative recognized the worldwide need for a universal data synchronization protocol. With the industry-wide proliferation of mobile devices and the evolution of these devices into a major means of information exchange, synchronization of data will be of integral importance. Committed to solve the data synchronization problem, one year after it's launch, the SyncML Initiative and the whole industry are witnessing seamless global data synchronization becoming a reality.

SyncML-enabled products and services will offer consumers mobile freedom by synchronizing personal data and providing interoperability among all SyncML-compliant products and services. Consumers and business professionals alike will be able to synchronize their personal data, such as contacts and calendars, in mobile terminals with various applications and services including corporate personal information managers, Internet calendars, Internet address books, and more.


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