Thanks for the input. There was actually no methodology given for the
survey, nor any definition as such for an individual page was. The stats
that I got from Goldman were that, from next to none in Dec 1999, there
are now "more than 4.4 million WML pages," online as of Aug 2000. That's
4.4 million in 8 months, or nearly half a million WML pages a month.
Even if you calculate each WAP site with 100 individual pages, that
would mean 5,000 new WAP sites (presumably new WAP content providers as
well) a month. Either that means there is a lot of content creation
support for the platform, or there is a lot of really big sites with
hundreds of sub-pages. That or someone is lying.
Pinpoint, who supposedly did the survey has a Web site (add .com), but
does not have any information on the findings. Presumably, the survey
was done internally for the WAP Forum, so not available to the public.
I agree totally that there is a lot of confusion with terms to describe
the Internet, wireless of wired, with much of the information completely
meaningless to most people except for journalist looking for a story or
web sites which might want to sell advertising or attract investors.
On the other hand, a sudden surge of content for WAP might indicate some
kind of acceptance on the industry's part for the platform although i
suspect and from my experience testing out a WAP service on Hutchison's
network in Hong Kong, that only highly localized content will work.
Besides, trying to get outside an operator's menu using a WAP phone is
near impossible, probably because they don't provision international
bandwidth to support mobile phones accessing overseas content. Also
according to my colleagues here at the magazine, some WAP phones don't
even let you bookmark sites, so users are forced to laborously enter the
address of WAPsites each time.
Juergen Specht wrote:
> If you can provide us with the definition what exactly is a 'individual
> page'? If a 'page' (something what you see on your screen) is
> dynamically generated (and most are) than you can not count individual
> pages. And because of the 'deck' concept of WAP 'pages', how does they
[excessive quoting removed]
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