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One Third of Wireless Apps Have Serious Errors, Says Lab

[London, ENGLAND] The London-based wireless Internet laboratory of AnywhereYouGo.com said Wednesday that as many as a third of today's wireless Internet applications have been found to contain serious errors.

However, despite their negative findings, the researchers tell people they should not believe the "anti-hype." Wireless Internet is here to stay. It justs needs more development.

Operational in London since June, AnywhereYouGo.com opened another facility in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday. It has already handled projects for major technology companies including Swedish telecoms operator, Telia, for which it tested the new Speedy Tomato portal.

With the market for WAP phones beginning to take off in the United States, the European experience of developing and testing software for them may prove to be instructive. Currently, Europe is still six to nine months ahead of the U.S. in the wireless Internet, the researchers estimate.

James Pearce, director of AnywhereYouGo.com's London lab said developers are beginning to realize that WAP application testing is not a challenge to take lightly.

"In Europe, where we've been testing for several months, our studies have shown that up to a third of current wireless applications have serious errors," said Pearce.

"The different phones, gateways and underlying technologies create interoperability issues that developers and IT managers have not traditionally encountered when testing Web applications. As a result, the testing phase of an application's development requires that much more time, budget, and planning," Pearce added.

Backed by US $4 million funding from Brience and internet.com Venture Partners III, AnywhereYouGo.com aims to be the leading independent resource to have an exclusive focus on wireless application development and deployment.

Researchers say that between 70 and 80 percent of new mobile phones in the U.S. are expected to be WAP-enabled by the end of 2000. The new testing facility in Dallas will add significantly to AnywhereYouGo.com's operations which include a presence in San Francisco, CA.

"Based on our experience in Europe and requests from U.S. and European companies for deployment assurance here in the U.S., we have opened our Americas lab to leverage our experience providing testing to content sites, network operators and gateway manufacturers," said Lee Wright, chief executive, AnywhereYouGo.com.

AnywhereYouGo.com not only ensures that wireless applications are compliant with industry standards but also tests them with the various wireless devices that are available. It is already becoming clear that testing for wireless applications is even more important -- and demanding -- than it is for the wired Web.