Is WAP becoming obsolete?

WebXEL launches Singapore’s first compact HTML site and predicts that WAP may become obsolete by the endof next year. SINGAPORE, 24 June 2000 - WebXEL Consulting has launched www.

WebXEL launches Singapore’s first compact HTML site and predicts that WAP may become obsolete by the end of next year.

SINGAPORE, 24 June 2000 - WebXEL Consulting has launched www.i-mode.com.sg, Singapore’s first cHTML and i-mode compatible wireless site this morning.

The site contains information to educate the public on i-mode and how this would merge with WAP technologies in the near future.

This follows U.K.'s Logica PLC’s announcement on 22 June of its global launch of m-WorldGate, the world's first commercially available cHTML gateway.

m-WorldGate allows operators outside of Japan to either complement their existing WAP strategies or to build new mobile Internet services based on cHTML.

Logica believes that the Japanese approach to the mobile Internet is a proven business and technology model. Handsets capable of supporting an industry variant of cHTML on CDMA and GSM/GPRS networks are expected to be commercially available at the end of this year.

Joshua Lim, co-founder of the company, believes that developers, service providers and consumers will soon realise the vast advantage of cHTML over WAP and that may cause the latter to be obsolete by the end of next year.

The company is starting development work on an English cHTML browser and an application that can convert WML to cHTML on the fly. The application can allow developers to develop their wireless pages in WML and then convert to cHTML in just a few mouse-clicks.

About WebXEL Consulting Pte Ltd
WebXEL Consulting has been providing WAP, i-mode, SMS, and other wireless applications for the past one and a half year. The company develops customised web applications such as e-supply chains, business-to-business exchanges and CRM solutions.

About Compact HTML
Compact HMTL is a defined subset of HTML, the mark-up language of the Internet, and means that content providers can develop applications quickly and easily without having to learn new methods of programming or relying on WML-based WAP converters. Current cHTML handsets in Japan support features such as color graphics, animated GIFs and polyphonic MIDI ring-tone download, while the new range will also handle Java and 128 bit SSL encryption.

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