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Opportunities and Challenges of Web Technologies on Mobile Platform

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Opportunities and Challenges of Web Technologies on Mobile Platform

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Stéphane Boyera

Datamatix Gitex Conference

Dubai, UAE , September 10 2007


Overview of W3C

overiew of w3c technology stack

W3C: Leading the Web to its Full Potential

Founded by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee in 1994 ...

Graph of Globe
  • 1994: Creation of W3C for standardization and interoperability of Web technologies
  • 1997: Creation of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI): To make the Web Accessible
  • 2005: Creation of the Mobile Web Initiative (MWI): To Access the Web from Mobile Phones

W3C goals on Mobile Platform

Potential of Web Browsing on Mobile

Mobile Browsing prediction

A significant proportion of subscribers have terminals enabled for browsing. The active user population is rapidly growing, and despite the downward pressure on prices, mobile browsing is a strong revenue generator.

Source: W3C-MWI/Nokia

Mobile Browsing Growth Outpaces Other Services

Browsing revenu growth

Active users of mobile browsing services will increase by about 30% annually between 2006 and 2010, significantly more than the use of advertising, ringtones, SMS and other entertainment and media - even higher than subscriber growth

CA GR = compound average growth rate


Service/Content Providers


mobiles in christmas 2005


Challenges (2)

The Mobile Web Initiative

Who's Involved?

20 Sponsors:

MWI sponsors

OMA Liaison

Status of the work

Take-Up of Best Practices: Examples

"mobileOK" Conformance Mark

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Status of the work (3)

Joining the work now

Next Step: the Web for All

a child with a fake mobile phone
(Photo Source : The Economist )

ICT to sustain development

An Indian Monk with a mobile phone
  • Government Services
  • Education
  • Health
  • Banking
  • Communities services
  • Business
  • ...
(Photo Source: Der Spiegel)

How to provide access to ICT?

Today: SMS Applications

sms based system to get the market price for goods
  • Successful Mobile Applications
    • Banking
    • NGOs-run SMS based system: e-gov, business (market poll), health, ...
  • But few problems:
    • Interoperability problems
    • Discoverability of services
    • limited interaction
    • costly/inappropriate infrastructure
    • no standardized development kit
(Photo Source: Vodafone)


W3C Roadmap

Joining the work now


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