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EE Times: Cellular leaders unite on mobile e-commerce standard

Apr 14, 2000, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Clarke)

"The world's leading manufacturers of cellular telephones -- Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia -- have agreed to work together to set standards that will enable secure e-commerce transactions in future mobile handsets."

"But the mobile phone companies are not alone in their vision of the mobile phone as an electronic wallet, nor in wanting to set a standardization agenda. The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), of which Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola are members, has launched its own broader initiative to explore standardization issues related to mobile commerce."

"It is not clear what will happen if ETSI's vision of mobile commerce diverges from that set by Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia. The technology cornerstones of both initiatives is likely to include WAP security functions as well as wireless public key technologies that have already been implemented in mobile payment schemes."

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