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MOSQUITO will help identify and document barriers of fragmentation which could prevent
the full development of mobile internet applications and services. MOSQUITO will support
the standardization of mobile internet services and promote collaboration in the industry.
MOSQUITO will support actions relating to interoperability for mobile applications and
services. MOSQUITO will give its support to the cross-sector convergence of IT, Telecoms and
Media within the context of mobile internet applications and services.

                                                       Understanding the challenge
                   At a glance
                                                Mobile applications and services are important
  Project title:                                components of the future internet, in particular
  Mobile Software and Services,                 when broadband is going to be more mobile. This
  Standardisation, Quality, Interoperability,   field was considered for years as one of the most
  Testing, Open Source (SA)                     promising fields, but the critical mass of services
                                                and applications has not been realised due to lack
  Project coordinator:                          of standardisation, interoperability, quality and
  Peter Heydebreck                              convergence. These issues will be addressed by the
  Inno (DE)                                     MOSQUITO project.

  Partners:                                     Indeed, the internet is going to be massively
  ETSI (FR),                                    “mobile” as it is expected that mobile internet
  France Telecom (FR),                          users will top 1.7 billion by 2013, increasing
  IBBT (BE),                                    greatly from the current figure of 577 million.
  CATR (CN),                                    The future of Mobile Internet Services is how-
  FUNAMBOL (IT)                                 ever becoming increasingly dependent on the
                                                mobile applications business which is plagued by
  Duration:                                     the critical and recurrent issue of fragmentation.
  September 2010 – August 2012                  For instance, mobile application developers using
                                                the Java platform are often forced to build over
  Total cost:                                   one hundred versions of the same application,
  € 0.7 M                                       in order to increase the number of mobile phone
                                                users capable of using their applications and in
  Website:                                      the process spending 60-80% of their develop-                    ment budget. The reasons for this include: phone
                                                hardware, platform, implementation, middleware,
                                                network, territorial, linguistic, cultural and distri-
                                                bution channel differences. This makes corrective
                                                maintenance almost impossible, meaning that the
                                                number of services successfully introduced over
                                                fragmented platforms is very small.
         Containing Fragmentation                                       Strategic Impacts

The fragmentation of standards is a very dynamic         The project will deliver an in-depth analysis of the
phenomenon. MOSQUITO aims to help define                 fragmentation of the mobile platforms, and how
a sustainable level of fragmentation, which will         this impacts the development of mobile applica-
not act as a barrier to the full development of the      tions and services. This will help decision makers,
mobile phones applications market. Facilitating          technology strategists and other interested parties
entrance to the market will attract developers,          in the mobile industry, building plans and solu-
in particular SMEs, to develop mobile internet           tions to overcome the fragmentation.
services through standardised open (source) plat-
forms and interfaces.                                    In the area of industry standards and initiatives,
                                                         the project is expected to serve as an incentive
                                                         to create some new working groups defining the
                                                         missing functional, integration and test specifica-
                                                         tions. The project will help and support activities
                                                         relating to the improvement of consistency inside
                                                         standards based platforms and to the harmoniza-
                                                         tion across all platforms.

                                                         The project expects to maximise its impact by
                                                         helping and supporting open source initiatives
                                                         against fragmentation in the first stage.

                                                         Looking forward, also in the area of industry
                                                         standards and initiatives, the project is expected
                                                         to serve as an additional input in favour of reform
     Fragmentation and Convergence                       of the usual standards practices and procedures.

The convergence and interoperability between             Fragmentation issues and resolutions will be com-
wired and mobile networks on audio, TV, music,           municated transparently to the industry and the
multimedia services and other medias are very            resulting knowledge sharing will begin to reduce
important topics for the development of future           the extent of these issues.
mobile internet services. MOSQUITO aims to
encourage a strategy of convergence and interop-
erability by liaising with all standardisation related               European Leadership
groups on mobile applications and providing
support to key convergence and interoperability          The objective of MOSQUITO is to promote a
issues as well as testing standards and organising       virtuous win-win development which will not
interoperability event.                                  only help in creating the right conditions for a
                                                         booming development in the Mobile Internet
                                                         applications and services market, but will also
        Competition and Innovation                       help develop European leadership in the Future
                                                         Internet. Despite Europe being the world leader
The project will promote a more competitive envi-        for the mobile industry for the last 20 years, North
ronment that includes infrastructure operators           America is leading the internet services market.
who are moving up the value chain, with inno-            Through key collaborative strategies, Europe can
vative service offerings on scalable infrastructure      try to ensure that it will strategically win the race
and high added value services through online             for the Future Internet services market.
platforms (application stores) enabling “third
party generated applications”.

MOSQUITO Project 258067 – June, 2010

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