BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : DECEMBER 25, 2000 ISSUE
INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L BUSINESS

The Shaky Road to Europe's Mobile Net


1999-2000
Wireless Access Protocol: Would-be mobile Web surfers had to place call for access to slow-as-molasses service. Only a core of true believers stuck with it. And the WAP failure poisoned investors on the mobile Web.

2001
General Packet Relay System: Known as 2.5 generation, this system will offer always-on services. Telcos are counting on GPRS to turn around the WAP debacle. One trouble: Handsets could be in short supply.

2002
3G System will cost a staggering $225 billion, more than half in license fees. Phone companies will be trying to recoup costs with simple services that work, like e-mail and e-commerce.

DATA: BUSINESS WEEK


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