(January 21, 1999)
- Nokia, a world leader in wireless data development and co-founder
of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum, is to license WAP technology to several
organizations, such as IT and telecom vendors, software houses and system integrators. In
addition, Nokia offers a software development toolkit for WAP application developers.
WAP is an open global standard for communication between a mobile
handset and Internet or other computer application. WAP-based technology enables the
design of advanced, interactive and real-time mobile services, such as mobile banking or
Internet based news services, which can be used in digital mobile phones or other mobile
devices. The WAP specification enables solutions from various equipment suppliers to work
consistently for end-users on the digital networks.
"Nokia boosts the adoption of the WAP standard by licensing Nokia
WAP technology to IT- and telecom vendors, software houses as well as to system
integrators. By doing this Nokia wants to encourage a broad adoption of this open standard
also within the main players in the IT industry. This new technology opens up a new
channel for service providers to reach their mobile customers." says Mr. Pertti
Lounamaa, Vice President, Nokia Wireless Software Solutions.
The WAP technology implementation includes a full WAP protocol stack
as defined in the WAP standard 1.0. The Nokia protocol stack implementation is the first
to support end-to-end security as defined in the WAP specification. It is bearer
transparent to allow a wide usage of wireless transport mechanisms such as short
messaging, USSD and circuit switched data. The implementation is also independent from the
underlying network technology being it e.g. GSM, CDMA, TDMA, D AMPS or PDC.
Nokia also offers a compact Wireless Application Environment (WAE) that
implements a complete WAP browser as defined in the WAP specification. The browser
technology can easily be adapted for various platforms, including mobile phones, PDA's and
pagers. This technology enables mobile subscribers to access WAP services on digital
wireless networks worldwide.
The WAP Software Development Kit (SDK) contains compilers, a WAP
browser, authoring and debugging tools and a simulator that shows how the content would
look like on a WAP- enabled client. With the SDK the developers are able to write,
compile, test and debug WAP applications, thus create WAP content. No wireless
infrastructure is required, everything the developer needs are a PC and the toolkit
software. The SDK is now available from the web at www.forum.nokia.com.
Technology licensing is offered by Nokia Wireless Software Solutions, a
Nokia unit that focuses on the development of WAP technology and mobile applications and
solutions for service providers and corporations.
Nokia is the world's leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile
and fixed telecom networks including related customer services. Nokia also supplies
solutions and products for fixed and wireless datacom, as well as multimedia terminals and
computer monitors. In 1997, net sales totaled FIM 52.6 billion (USD 9.8 billion).
Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on five European Stock Exchanges and on the New
York Stock Exchange (NOK.A), has sales in 130 countries and employs more than 42,000