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IT show sees Asia leading in wireless Internet growth

Posted: 29 Jun 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless Internet? communication? CDMA? software? network?

The new communication paradigm emerging with convergence of Internet power with wireless freedom was the dominant theme at CommunicAsia2002, touted as the biggest communication and IT show in Asia. Held recently in Singapore, the show attracted 1,600 companies from 50 countries.

Wireless Internet will soon surpass wired Internet. There were 50 million wireless and 450 million wired Internet connections in 2001. In 2004, there will be 1,300 million wireless and 750 million wired Internet connections. "The wireless data revolution will reach into villages and even huts in the ways that the wired Internet can never achieve," said Tim Griswold, MD, VeriSign Inc.

Griswold pointed out that Asia is far ahead of rest of the world in wireless Internet. Over 90 percent of wireless Internet users are in Asia, with Europe and US way behind with 5 percent and 1 percent respectively.

Benedict Paul, founder of GSMActive, said that with more people owning handphones than PCs in 2004, SMS will challenge email in e-business messaging, thus creating a huge market for wireless Internet.

With Asia emerging as the global manufacturing base, 70 percent of global high-tech manufacturing capacity will be concentrated in Asia. "Buyers of semiconductor chips and PC components in US and Europe will depend on supplies from North Asia," said Martin Kralik, associate director, Strategic Intelligence Research.

Anthony Alles, CEO, Tahoe Networks Inc., discussed a new category of networking infrastructure solution. Called Mobile Internet Edge (MIE), it represents coming together of two different worlds?the mobile world with roots in voice networking, driven primarily by Asia, and the data world with roots in packet-based Internet, driven primarily by US. "Only by bringing together expertise from both these very different worlds can any company hope to tackle the unique challenges of each side to produce a complete solution," Alles said.

Walter Lemor, VP sales, Siemens, said that TDM over IP (TDMoIP) solution is an intermediate step on the way to an all-IP network solution. "IP Multimedia System (IMS), which is standardized in Rel. 5 of UMTS networks, is capable of controlling and supporting new integrated voice/multimedia services," he said. "TDMoIP is much easier to use than VoIP."

The transition to mobile Internet will hasten the evolution of e-commerce to m-commerce (mobile commerce). Tae S. Yoon, manager, m-finance division, S.K. Telecom, Korea, envisages that South Korea, with its lead in CDMA and mobile communications, is poised to see a huge rise in m-commerce, from 1.4 trillion wons in 2002 to 2.7 trillion wons in 2003. Ted Matsumoto, president, Qualcomm Japan Inc., estimated that market for e-commerce would double in one year because of the services available in mobile environments.

Nokia mobile phone chief Matti Alahuta said in 2002 GPRS services will finally take off. "MMS arrival, color displays, Java and the new xHTML code will give GPRS the long-awaited lift that it needs," he said.

Among the new solutions on display, Agilent's Basestation Remote Monitoring System and Wireless Data Optimization Service were among the more prominent ones. "No solution such as Base Station Remote Monitoring System exists in the market today," said Mark Hoogerbrugge, global sales manager, wireless network solutions division of Agilent. Rice Williams, marketing manager, claimed that this solution "reduces operational expenses and increases work efficiency up to 60 percent."

TransChip Inc. introduced a camera-on-a-chip solution. Called TC65000, this chip, according to company president, Avi Strum, will enable cellular handset makers incorporate camera modules into their phones."

Giesecke & Devrient introduced a 3G card, UniverSIM 3GSM, which the company claims to be the first 3G card that works both in GSM and next-generation mobile networks.

Most new products introduced were in the areas of remote control management hardware and software, 3D software for mobile platforms, CDMA, 3G, and test & measurement.

? Kirtimaya Varma

Electronic Engineering Times ? Asia

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