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-
http://www.mosquito-fp7.eu 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