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Wireless Application Protocol: Possibilities and Limitations
KTH, Superseded Departments, Teleinformatics. (CCSlab)
2000 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Wireless Application Protocol is the first commercial full-scale attempt to connect mobile devices, such as cellular telephones, to services on the Internet. Until now, the network operators have provided the few services available via cellular telephones. That is about to change with the introduction of this new technology, as any third party can act as a service provider for Wireless Application Protocol enabled devices.

This report is divided into two parts, covering both the theory of the Wireless Application Protocol (and other technologies that could be used in conjunction with it) and also describes the theory and implementation of the application I have created as part of my project.

The first part thoroughly explains the different layers in the protocol stack, the user agents, and the network structure. It also shows how applications are created and how they operate in different parts of the network. The report covers security issues and services charging, as well as how other technologies could be used together with the Wireless Application Protocol, or how they could replace parts of it. The second part of the report covers the application I have created as part of my project. The application is divided up in order to show different aspects of the Wireless Application Protocol. The emphasis in the project has been on real-time graphic generation, which is exemplified in a vector based map application. The possibilities to connect Wireless Application Protocol applications to databases and peripherals are then explored.

In conclusion, the fundamental idea of using the Internet as part of the network structure is appealing, both for users and services providers. There are, however, parts of the Wireless Application Protocol that are not realised in the best possible way. There are security weaknesses due to protocol conversions in the middle of the network. Furthermore, as the Wireless Application Protocol specifications specify important parts of the concept as optional, there is a risk of not all devices being able to use all services.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. , 120 p.
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Communication Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-93563OAI: diva2:516988
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Master of Science in Engineering - Computer Science and Technology
2000-03-20, Biblioteket, Teleinformatics, Isafjordsgatan 22, Kista, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2012-06-14 Created: 2012-04-20 Last updated: 2013-09-09Bibliographically approved

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