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Mobile Wireless Internet Forum announces strategy for 2002
Posted: 31-Oct-2001 [Source: MWIF press release]

[The MWIF international non-profit industry association announced today its game plan for reaching a a "single, open, mobile wireless Internet architecture" through 2002.]

San Diego -- Dedicated to expediting the development and launch of mobile Internet products and services, the Mobile Wireless Internet Forum (MWIF) today announced the top five strategic objectives that will spearhead the organization's activities for 2002. These objectives are essential to completing MWIF's mission to drive acceptance and adoption of a single, open, mobile wireless Internet architecture that is independent of the access technology.

"Prioritizing activities in these five areas ensures MWIF reaches maximum impact in 2002," said Dean Sirovica, Manager of Global Strategies at Vodafone and President of MWIF. Completing this mission benefits companies that deliver and develop mobile Internet solutions. With MWIF's work, these companies enjoy shorter development times for new products and services, larger market opportunities, lower capital and operating costs, increased flexibility and scalability of networking hardware and software, and opportunities for new products and services that advance the use of mobile devices."

Top five objectives in MWIF's 2002 strategic plan include:

Drive 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards bodies to adopt the same core network architecture.

The mobile Internet architectures of 3GPP and 3GPP2 include different Radio Access Networks (RANs) and different core network architectures. Standardizing on the same core network architecture enables greater flexibility and scalability of core network equipment and systems. This produces lower costs especially for mobile operators with multiple Radio Access technologies.

Act as a catalyst in the creation of a truly open Radio Access Network (RAN).

Traditionally, RANs are developed with architecture components dedicated to one particular radio technology. MWIF proposes breaking down these architectures into distributed components with standard open interfaces. Thus, core network and RAN functions are open, flexible, distributed and scalable, which frees network operators to design and implement a variety of services across multiple radio access technologies.

Communicate advantages of Internet and telecommunications integration to mobile operators.

Wireless telecommunications providers are incorporating the Internet into their wireless service offerings. The Internet community has knowledge and experience to offer on standardized architectures and interoperability. MWIF ensures mobile operators understand these principles and the potential cost savings and added flexibility of their strategic implementation.

Foster understanding and awareness of the benefits of a single, open, mobile wireless Internet architecture.

Multiple standards in various stages of deployment create a confusing and complicated mobile Internet environment. MWIF works with all members of the mobile Internet industry to help them understand the bottom-line return on investment (ROI) of implementing a single standardized architecture.

Involve Internet companies in developing the mobile wireless Internet.

Developing a single IP based mobile Internet architecture requires participation from Internet architecture and equipment vendors. MWIF initiates programs to recruit Internet companies and encourage their active participation.

"These top five objectives for 2002 position MWIF to significantly influence development of future mobile Internet standards," concludes Dean Sirovica. "They currently drive multiple projects within MWIF. One example is an analysis comparing the mobile Internet architectures of 3GPP, 3GPP2 and MWIF. At the annual meeting in November, industry leading mobile operators and telecommunications equipment vendors will present their research findings. The results will illuminate gaps between architectures and define the work needed to move them to one single standard."

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