Users of today's mobile handsets will be able to access the advanced services promised for next generation phones using a system developed by CMG.
CMG's Service Broker system can be used by mobile operators to deliver Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) content to legacy mobile phones, as well as WAP enabled handsets.
The emerging Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) standard allows designers to develop Web content which can displayed on small screens, such as mobile phones and devices.
While the first high-end WAP phones are expected to hit the shops within a few months, millions of mobile phone users are not expected to upgrade for at least two years. WAP handsets are expected to cost up to £200.
CMG claims the system will allow operators to simultaneously protect their investment in existing handset sales programs and help develop a market for new generation WAP information services.
Managing director of CMG Telecommunications Peter Maathuis said legacy handset support addressed a major concern of CMG's carrier customers.
"Even though we are just at the beginning of WAP deployment in the market, it is becoming more and more clear that providers of mobile content and services will devote their development resources to WAP," Maathuis said.
"This leaves mobile operators with a major concern; how can we offer new, innovative and differentiating services to users who have no immediate plans to obtain a WAP handset."
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