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BREW, 1xEV-DO Best Combo for Wireless Applications
Posted: 11-Jun-2002 [Source: AsiaBizTech]

[KDDI rep says communication tools and moving images not available with Java on current mobile handsets will be possible with BREW.]

San Diego, Calif. -- "According to Ito, the mobile telephone market in Japan is approaching saturation. Although KDDI currently is doing well thanks to mobile telephones with a camera and 1x high-speed data communications, the past strategy will have to be changed sooner or later. The strategy to be adapted by KDDI then will be "Fixed-Mobile Convergence," an integration of fixed telephones/Internet and mobile telephones, as well as exploration of the B2B communications market.

This is where a framework for advanced, high-security application development, such as BREW by Qualcomm, Inc., becomes important. Communication tools and moving images for business use, which are not available with Java on present mobile telephones, will be made possible with BREW. Although packet communication charges are still high, when 1xEV-DO is introduced in 2003, inexpensive high-speed TCP/IP communications will become a reality. KDDI has been making preparations such as application development frameworks, high-speed communications and a position location system gpsOne, "already clarifying our scenario for the future," said Ito."

Takahashi explained that "KDDI has a significant advantage over the W-CDMA camp, which now is going to have to prepare these elements."

In March, KDDI put Panasonic's handset C3003P onto the market. The handset contains pre-installed BREW applications. Also, several manufacturers have prepared download-type BREW handsets. In the process of developing these terminals, KDDI accumulated know-how for various utilizations of BREW. In fact, BREW2.0, recently introduced by Qualcomm, contains a great number of specifications, such as a new API, at the request of KDDI, said Takahashi.

BREW developers are all aiming for business applications. That is because the development language for BREW is C/C++, so it is easy to use existing resources. KDDI has many developers who have been developing Java applications. Needless to say, we would not want to lose them. It should be possible to distinguish in such a way that ones that do not require high performance or high speed will be in Java and advanced ones will be in BREW, Ito said.

We believe that stand-by-type applications will have great potential as BREW applications. Using a system such as Pointcast, which was once popular with the PC Internet in the past, required information to be pushed to users. We hope to explore such a business application in the future, Ito added.

(Atsushi Mochizuki, AsiaBizTech Editorial Dept.)

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