Sounds like we are revisiting the old 'i-mode vs. WAP' or indeed 'Japan vs.
rest of the world' discussion,
In a forthcoming strategy paper, targeting operators here in Australia who
are doing miserably with their WAP services, I'll argue that success of the
mobile Internet (and lack thereof) has really not much to do with the
technology platform, but everything to do with the business model.
Operators may well keep the WAP platform (which they have invested too much
money in anyway), implement a packet-based network (OK, this is technology),
and copy the i-mode business model (eg. pay-per-bit, micropayment scheme to
allow content providers to make money, hence ensuring compelling content,
...and voila; a successful mobile Internet service.
Should perhaps the WAP-operators of this world look at EZWeb instead of
i-mode for a model that can be replicated outside Japan? Or the South Korean
operators perhaps (9m using WAP-based services)?
Any comments on all this?
Consultant, Communications & Content
> From: Jonathan Shore [mailto:jshore_at_e-shuppan.com]
> Sent: Monday, February 12, 2001 1:50 PM
> To: keitai-l_at_appelsiini.net
> Subject: (keitai-l) Re: Tired of Keitai Hype?
> There is no question that mobile will eat into other communication
> infrastructures. HK, for instance, was way ahead of the game; 6 years
> when I first went there could not find any public phones in central areas.
> Was told that because wireless was so prevalent public phones were for the
> most part unnecessary.
> I think there are still a good number of people mystified as to why
> is so much better than their wap based counterparts". Certainly, aside
> handsets, i-mode does not present any technological leap. Arguably i-mode
> infrastructure is weaker from a number of respects in fact. So what is it
> that makes it successful? As has been discussed many times before,
> probably: pricing, social factors, time&place, consumer content focus.
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Received on Mon Feb 12 23:44:44 2001