Wireless is taking a starring role at this year's Cebit. Europe, which usually plays second fiddle to the US in hi-tech, is looking to seriously advance its lead in mobile phones and wirless internet access.
Wireless consortium Symbian kicked off with the announcement of its Quarzcomputing platform for mobile phones and handheld gadgets. The platform will enable manufacturers to bring to market devices optimised for wireless, voice and data communications, all with a qarter VGA portrait screen.
These gadgets will be of all shapes and sizes. "We fundamentally believe one size does not fit all, hence our reference designs enable licensees to create a wide variety of smartphones and communicators," said Colly Myers, CEO of Symbian.
Symbian said communicators combining email, web access and telephony all in a personal digital organiser would hit the market next year.
German mobile telephone operator E-Plus launched its online internet service that will enable consumers to use their mobile phones or a PC to link to its portal to get information, including news, weather and sport.
Forrester Research predicts that by 2004 one third of all Europeans will be accessing the internet on their mobile phones.
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