[LINK] WAP's failure to communicate
Dr. Bob Jansen
Mon, 16 Oct 2000 13:42:47 +1000
At 11:23 +1100 16/10/00, Tony Barry wrote:
>WAP's failure to communicate
>During the past six to 12 months, the industry buzz has gone from
>hailing the Wireless Application Protocol as the next tidal wave in
>technology to labeling it the latest flop for overhyped gear. Has WAP
>already had its day?
An interesting article in the New Scientist, 7 October, page 21,
about the fears of radiation and overheating slowing new cellphone
capabilities. In essence, the article, authored by Barry Fox, argues
that transmission speeds from the new GPRS cellphones will be held
down to keep them within radiation absorption guidelines and to stop
them from overheating.
Interestingly, there is a quote from a Motorola rep, who admits they
have been aware for some time of these limitations and 'We regret the
sales talk and data rate exaggeration".
Apparently, 'realistic' rates are 65kbps into a handset and 30kbps
out. Other estimates are 40kbps in and 10 kbps out.
"People who think GPRS will deliver desktop multimedia will be sorely
disappointed...with that download capacity, videophones will manage
about two frames per second".
Dr. Bob Jansen
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