Vision and Ambition for the Mobile Web

Philipp Hoschka,
W3C Deputy Director
London, November 15, 2005



Some History

Change: Technological Progress

Mobile Devices


Change: Large Installed Base

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

Installed Base Growing

Mobile Device Stats

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

However: Disappointing Usage

Some Positive Signs

Distribution of mobile data traffic

Source: Nokia study, 2005

Change: Web has become Mass Medium

Mobile Gateway into Digital Universe


Ambitions for Mobile Web

MWI Approach

18 Sponsors

(* = Founding Sponsors)

Liaison with OMA

Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group

Best Practices: First Draft

Best Practices WG: 29 Organizations

Device Description Working Group

Potential Future Work MWI


It's 1995 All Over Again ...

Web 1995 Mobile Web 2005
Too slow Too slow
Lack of interoperability Lack of interoperability
Child protection Child protection
Not accessible Not accessible

... But Not Quite 1995

Web 1995 Mobile Web 2005
Few connected users Many potentially connected users
Lack of content Lots of potential content and developers
No industry Large potential industry

Will we soon Party like it's 1999?