Nokia and Vodafone to Lead Roadmap for Mobile Java Standards

Mobile industry leaders create specifications for open unified mobile Java

services architecture

Aug 26, 2004, 01:00 ET from Vodafone

    LONDON, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a move that is intended to
 deliver benefits for the mobile industry and for mobile customers, Nokia and
 Vodafone today announce the formation of a mobile service architecture
 initiative. The aim of the initiative is to simplify mobile Java standards by
 defining the next generation, open standards-based mobile Java services
 architecture specifications. It will serve and represent the mobile value
 chain, including other leading mobile device manufacturers, mobile operators
 and IT companies.
     The initiative will function and create its specifications within the Java
 Community Process(SM) (JCP(SM)). Earlier this month, the J2ME(TM) Executive
 Committee approved the first Java Specification Requests (JSRs) from this
 initiative. These JSRs, 248 and 249, will not introduce any new API
 specifications but will include a number of new component JSRs and
 clarifications to existing specifications to define a consistent Java API
 services architecture. This will enable application compatibility across
 multi-vendor mobile devices.
     The initiative will further seek to harmonise the licensing terms of the
 component JSRs to be open, fair and predictable.  As specifications leads
 Nokia and Vodafone, in conjunction with Sun Microsystems, will define the
 licensing framework of the initiative, while the role of creating and
 licensing the Technology Compatibility Kits (TCKs) for JSR 248 and 249 will be
 undertaken by Sun Microsystems.
     The initiative has received widespread support from leading
 representatives of the mobile industry, including Orange, Siemens, Sony
 Ericsson, Sun Microsystems and T-Mobile International. It is expected that a
 number of these companies will join Nokia and Vodafone to become members of
 the Expert Group for the specifications created by this initiative.
     By using the specifications, developers can create software that is easily
 portable from one Java-enabled mobile device to another. This will ultimately
 provide mobile customers with a wide choice of feature rich Java-based
     The management framework of the mobile Java services architecture also
 includes security enhancements.  It will support advanced remote platform and
 application management for enterprises and service providers by enabling
 delivery and management of software components to mobile devices over-the-air.
 This is expected to result in cost savings for mobile software maintenance.
 Furthermore, it will offer business users and consumers an easy way to have
 the latest applications and services available on their mobile devices. The
 application platforms built on these specifications will enable new business
 opportunities for operators, enterprises, service providers, and device
     The objectives and responsibilities of the initiative will be aligned and
 coordinated with organisations such as the OSGi Alliance, the Open Mobile
 Alliance (OMA), the Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) and World Wide Web
 Consortium (W3C) to specify the requirements and the capabilities of the
 platform. The specifications will also offer smooth backward compatibility
 with the highly successful MIDP environment.
     John Jackson, Senior Analyst, Wireless/Mobile Technologies, The Yankee
 Group commented, "This initiative extends the foundation of JTWI, taking
 important steps to align the CLDC and CDC platform specifications and their
 future evolution under a simplified licensing structure. With the support of
 leading industry players in the mobile Java value-chain, this initiative
 should offer greater consistency and continuity to developers and end-users.
 It's a significant step toward accelerating the development and distribution
 of more robust mobile applications."
     "This initiative will significantly strengthen Java's leading position as
 the environment for powerful, state-of-the-art mobility solutions for both
 consumers and enterprises in the era of 3G," said Pertti Korhonen, Chief
 Technology Officer, Nokia. "It provides enterprises and service providers with
 unparalleled end-to-end management capabilities. In addition, it offers
 application developers the best and fastest opportunity to leverage their
 Java-based solutions in volumes and also lets them fully exploit the great
 performance of Java-enabled smart phones."
     Alan Harper, Group Strategy Director at Vodafone, said: "The mobile
 industry is aware of the need for standardisation and a lot of work has been
 undertaken towards achieving that aim.  It will build upon the JTWI vision,
 and output from other industry groups, to create an open and evolving platform
 roadmap to enable consistent and predictable implementation on a wide range of
 mobile devices."
     "As the inventor of Java Technologies, Sun welcomes the leadership of
 Vodafone and Nokia to spearhead such an important effort within the JCP", said
 Alan Brenner, Vice President of Sun Microsystems. "Sun will develop and
 deliver the underlying Technology Compatibility Kits and Reference
 Implementations for these new specifications.  Together, we will build on the
 widely adopted Java Technology for the Wireless Industry (JTWI) specification
 and streamline the advancement of mobile Java technologies."
     The participants of the initiative have committed to deploy the platform,
 and the first reference implementations are scheduled for next year.
     About Nokia
     Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and
 sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia is dedicated to
 enhancing people's lives and productivity by providing easy-to-use and
 innovative products like mobile phones, and solutions for imaging, games,
 media, mobile network operators and businesses. Nokia is a broadly held
 company with listings on five major exchanges.
     About Vodafone
     Vodafone is the world's largest mobile community with 139 million
 proportionate customers, equity interests in 26 countries and Partner Networks
 in a further 13 countries.
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      Glossary of Terms:
      API    Application Programming Interface defines how programmers utilize
             a particular device feature.
      J2ME   Java 2 Micro Edition, is the Java platform for devices with
             limited resources, such mobile phones.
      CDC    Connected Device Configuration, is a standards-based framework
             for building and delivering mobile applications that can be shared
             across a range of network-connected personal mobile devices.
      CLDC   Connected Limited Device Configuration outlines the most basic set
             of libraries and virtual machine features that must be present in
             each implementation of a Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME(TM))
             environment on resource-constrained devices.
      MIDP   Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP), combined with the CLDC,
             is the Java runtime environment for mobile information devices
            (MIDs) such as phones and entry level PDAs.
      JTWI   Java Technology for Wireless Industry
     The Java Technology for the Wireless Industry (JTWI) specification defines
 the industry-standard platform for the Java technology-enabled mobile phones.
 JTWI is defined through the Java Community Process (JCP) as JSR 185 by an
 expert group of leading mobile device manufacturers, wireless carriers, and
 software vendors. It specifies the technologies that must be included in all
 JTWI-compliant devices, to minimize API fragmentation and broaden the
 substantial base of applications already developed for mobile phones.

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