The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is an application environment and also a set of communication protocols for wireless devices designed to give manufacturer, vendor, and technology-independent access to the Internet and advanced telephony services.
WAP is an open technology based on Internet technologies Allows competition - lower costWAP is backed by major vendors Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, Microsoft, IBM Future proofWAP Forum is open for all WAP is not “take it or leave it” Over one hundred companies have joined the WAP ForumWAP supports several wireless systems GSM, IS-136, CDMA, PDC etc.
Client Web Server WAP Gateway WML with WML-Script CGI WML Encoder WML DecksWML- Scripts WSP/WTP WMLScript HTTP etc.Script CompilerWTAI Protocol Adapters Content Etc.
Portability: A WAP application on one network should be easily portable to a different environment with little or no change. User Experience: WAP aims to enhance the user experience by addressing characteristics of wireless environment: Narrow bandwidth connection. Devices with small screens, limited battery use without recharging, limited memory, and limited processing power.
Cost and Application Development Time Reduction: New services can be added quickly and at a lower cost using WAP.