Leading players in the mobile industry have joined forces to try and make it easier to access mobile content by applying to get a special web address assigned to cover mobile websites and services.
Microsoft, Nokia, 3, the GSM Association, Hewlett-Packard, Orange, Vodafone, among others, are trying to persuade world domain name body Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to allocate a “top-level domain” for mobile content.
This would mean that websites designed for mobile access, delivering various services to users on the move would be more easily accessible. For example, the industry may apply to have a “.mob” domain, meaning that the Hotmail e-mail website for mobile users would have the address of “www.hotmail.mob” instead of www.hotmail.com, and users looking for mobile content on mobile devices – or even desktop devices – could apply the “.mob” at the end of the address of any other content they were searching for.
At the moment, users do not know which domain applies to websites that have been configured for mobile access, and the mobile industry’s application to Icann seeks to rectify this problem.
Pertti Korhonen, senior vice president and chief technical officer at Nokia, says: “The wide industry participation highlights the shared objective of offering seamless global access and interoperability of mobile services and applications.”
The mobile industry’s Icann domain application has yet to be confirmed.
This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia
This was first published in May 2004