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Active Users Increasing, Strong Revenue Generation Despite Price Erosion

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 Web in Developing Countries

Man with mobile phone in Asia.  AFP, Deshakalyan Chowdhury

The Mobile Web can accelerate Internet access around the world by solving the "last kilometer" problem

Person with mobile phone in rural Africa


Web has become Mass Medium

Mobile Gateway into Digital Universe

Mobile Web: Growing Use


Who's Involved?

19 Sponsors

MWI sponsors

Sponsor Benefits

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Current Work Items


It's 1996 All Over Again ...

Web 1996 Mobile Web 2006
Too slow Too slow
Online Services Walled Gardens
Lack of interoperability Lack of interoperability
Child protection Child protection
Not accessible Not accessible

... But Some Things Easier

Web 1996 Mobile Web 2006
Web is a novelty Web is a mass medium
Few connected users Many potentially-connected users
Lack of content Lots of potential content and developers
No industry Large potential industry

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