Ukrainian Mobile Communications WAP, Ukraine
The Ukraine, a country with a fairly immature mobile market, is in the process of implementing a WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) solution, enabling the delivery of mobile internet services to Ukrainian Mobile Communications (UMC) customers. The system, being implemented by Nokia on behalf of UMC, comprises the supply of the Artus Messaging Platform and the Artus MAX Platform.
The Artus Messaging Platform acts as a gateway between information and applications on the internet and a mobile phone. Information on the internet such as news or stock quotes can be accessed via the system and the Artus Messaging Platform also makes it possible to access web applications such as games or eCommerce. WAP security enables encryption and authentication for traffic between a WAP-enabled device and Messaging Platform through support of Wireless Transport Layer Security (WTLS). Messaging Platform also provides a secure internet connection through Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
The Artus MAX Platform is a complementary portal which delivers the content and services server to the Artus Messaging Platform. It enables an operator to differentiate and brand attractive services, while users are able to select from the available content links and services the operator has provided, and to personalise the information they see on their mobile devices.
The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is an open, global specification that empowers mobile users with wireless devices to easily access and interact with information and services instantly. It enables easy fast delivery of relevant information and services to mobile users.
The devices that can use the WAP system include hand-held digital wireless devices such as mobile phones, pagers, two-way radios, smart phones and communicators. WAP is designed to work with most wireless networks such as CDPD, CDMA, GSM, PDC, PHS, TDMA, FLEX, ReFLEX, iDEN, TETRA, DECT, DataTAC and Mobitex. WAP is a communications protocol and application environment. It can be built on any operating system including PalmOS, EPOC, Windows CE, FLEXOS, OS/9, JavaOS, etc. It provides service interoperability even between different device families.
THE WAP SERVER
The WAP Server is a software solution that securely connects WAP-enabled mobile handsets to content and applications hosted by web servers or any other server on the internet or intranet. It is an open platform for any fully WAP-compliant mobile phone, whatever its brand. There is no need for additional major expenditures because one can utilise existing systems and previous IT investments.
The WAP Server can be used to create added value from the intranet by giving remote access through mobile handsets to e-mail, accounts, group calendar, message boards and other corporate intranet applications. Furthermore, its push-notification can distribute business critical data to enhance reaction speed. The WAP Server can also be integrated with various functions including sales force automation, contact management, lead tracking and order entry.
ARTUS MESSAGING PLATFORM
Artus Messaging Platform is WAP 1.1 compliant, and functions as a WAP gateway for GSM or TDMA networks. Operators are able to offer mobile users access to personalised, specific information from the internet to mobile terminals that implement WAP. Artus Messaging Platform for GSM also includes messaging functionality that enables operators to create value-added services for GSM users who have phones that support short messages. Messaging Platform allows for user self-provisioning of messaging services. An easy-to-use service creation tool gives an operator a uniform method of creating value-added services.
ARTUS MAX PLATFORM
Artus MAX Platform is a complementary portal, content and services server to the Artus Messaging Platform. It enables an operator to differentiate between brand attractive services. An operator is able to customise and brand a portal home page to offer links to WAP applications and services. Not only does this give the operator the flexibility to add URLs to any existing application, service, or content, but the operator can also create its own services and content and integrate them into the portal. Users are able to select from the available content links and services the operator has provided, and to personalise the information they see on their mobile devices. In addition to the portal, Artus MAX Platform offers an optional service, MAX Platform email, that provides access to any IMAP4, POP3 or SMTP Internet email host via a WAP supporting device.