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The W3C Mobile Web Initiative (MWI) and 3GWeb

Klaus Birkenbihl
W3C Communications Team


Why Mobile Web Access is Useful

Why Mobile Web Access is Possible

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Some Statistics

Mobile Device Stats

Source: T-Mobile, modeled on Credit Suisse First Boston, Mobile Data 2004, Pyramid Research, Global Mobile Capex Handbook, August 2004

Internet-Enabled Mobile Phone Penetration

April 2004
Japan 79%
Other Asia 54%
Europe 47%
North America 37%
Brazil 37%
Worldwide 49%

Source: A.T. Kearny/University of Cambridge - Judge Institute of Management, July 2004

Significant Potential for Mobile Data

Why Mobile Web Access is Hard

W3C's Mobile Web Initiative

Concerted Community Effort Required

W3C Can Help Enabling the Mobile Web

Mobile Web Best Practices WG



MWI Device Description WG



Mobile Web Initiative Steering Council

3GWeb: Vision



It's 1996 All Over Again ...

Web 1996 Mobile Web 2004
Too slow Too slow
Lack of interoperability Lack of interoperability
Child protection Child protection
Not accessible Not accessible

... But Not Quite 1996

Web 1996 Mobile Web 2004
Few connected users Many potentially connected users
Lack of content Lots of potential content
No industry Big potential industry

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