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News Burst: It's 'hangover' time for WAP market - report

Ovum says WAP customers are becoming disillusioned with the new Internet-enabled mobile phone technology
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Written by Matthew Broersma on

The mobile Internet may be at the mercy of "WAP 'hangover'", says a new report from research firm Ovum.

As users of emerging WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) realise it is still a developing technology, they are beginning to wonder what all the fuss was about. That means the pace of adoption could slow down even further, the report says. "WAP was never meant as the 'be-all and end-all' of mobile Internet -- it will give way gracefully to more sophisticated technologies as and when mobile network improvements allow," writes Ovum analyst Michele Mackenzie.

WAP services can be difficult to use, and carry the extra barrier of costing money. But mobile network operators will have to work with the technology as it exists today if the market is to progress, Mackenzie says: "Operators and content providers can't afford to wait for better technology."

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