FIRST-TO-MARKET with wap infrastructure product
Ltd. (Cannes, France. Feb. 23, 1999) - APiON
Ltd., a leading-edge network software provider today launched the
first Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) infrastructure product.
WAP Gateway system, which bridges the gap between the mobile world and
the internet, was demonstrated live at a press conference at the GSM
World Congress which opened in Cannes today.
first commercially available product ensures
WAP interoperability between the Internet and the mobile world,
whereby content and services are sent and received over any network
using protocols and formats defined by the WAP Forum.
Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is an open, global standard that
empowers mobile users with wireless devices to easily access and
interact with information and services instantly.
Speaking at the launch today, Denis Murphy,
Managing Director APiON Ltd.
"WAP will revolutionize the mobile value-added
services industry, by creating an infrastructure through which
Internet and Intranet content and applications can be delivered to the
mobile terminal and displayed using sophisticated browser technology
acceptance of WAP by wireless service providers depends on the success
of the WAP standard. As an active member of the WAP Forum, I am
delighted with progress in this area. The Forum is now comprised of
over 90 members including manufacturers representing over 90% of the
worldwide handset market, carriers with over 100 million subscribers,
leading infrastructure providers, PC software companies and other
companies delivering solutions to the wireless industry "
Commenting on APiON's
product launch, Richard Midgett, Chairman of the GSM Association said:
is to be congratulated on this first-to-market product, which will
further speed WAPís acceptance and deployment. The impact of new
technologies from companies like APiON
cannot be underestimated in the mobile data marketplace. Today APiON
marks a significant step forward in developments in this exciting
market. APiON has taken the
lead with this new, highly researched and developed product and made
its presence felt in the telecoms arena."
The APiON WAP Gateway, has been
designed for scalability and to allow easy integration with existing
network infrastructure, such as billing and network management
systems. To date APiON has
carried out extensive interoperability testing with other members of
the WAP Forum.
mobile terminal can make a request to an Internet server. The request
is sent as a URL through the operator's network and enters the APiON WAP Gateway, which serves as the interface between the mobile
network and the Internet. The APiON
WAP Gateway requests the Wireless Markup Language (WML) content hosted
on the web server, which is then converted into compact binary form by
the Gateway's encoder. APiON's
Wireless Datagram Protocol layer serves to transmit this encoded WML
over the selected bearer service, and into the operator's network for
transmission to the mobile terminal. When the byte code reaches the
mobile terminal, the client micro-browser interprets the encoded WML,
and displays interactive WAP content to the mobile subscriber.
issues for applications such as e-commerce, will be a key area for the
ongoing success of WAP, and APiON's
optional Wireless Transport Layer Security (WTLS) with encryption
facilities will competently meet these needs.
Wireless Telephony Application (WTA) server (due for release 4th
quarter 1999) will enable users to interact with services via both
telephony and data interfaces.
is well established as a world-leading Telecommunications Software
Company with significant expertise and competence in a range of
network infrastructure technologies including Switching, Signaling,
Wireless Data, Internet Integration, and Intelligent Networks. APiON
is actively involved in WAP Forum activities, and is committed to
being 'first-to-market' with new and innovative functionality as the
WAP standards develop. For additional information on APiON, contact the Company at http://www.apion-tss.com
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