Sasken To Develop Multi-mode Mobile Protocol, MMS Apps

Bangalore: | Updated: Jul 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
City-based Sasken Communications Ltd is all set to tap the market for multi-mode mobile phone protocols and Java-enabled multimedia messaging applications by launching a slew of products in both segments.

This is part of the company’s thrust to explore the market for the SDR (Software Defined Radio) concept which is aimed at building configurable, integrated, highly scalable and software-driven solutions/products.

While the company’s multi-mode mobile (UMTS+GPRS+GSM) protocol will be ready for demo early in the first quarter of the next year, the Java-enabled messaging application products are expected to hit the worldwide market by this year end.

Speaking to eFE, Sasken GM marketing (terminal devices business unit) Dr Milind Gandhe said Sasken had identified three key areas for its SDR-related work — R&D (a core team that will work on futuristic technology areas), products (mainly the multi-mode protocol stacks) and Java-enabled applications (in the area of multimedia messaging).

“We believe that Sasken is uniquely positioned to address the multi-mode mobile phone market. We already have independent UMTS, GSM+GPRS ready protocols and we are now looking at combining all three to develop a single solution,” Dr Gandhe said.

The Java-enabled applications initiative is targeted mainly at the growth of SMS and SMS-like messaging applications which also have scope for multimedia.

“We feel that with SMS becoming hugely popular the next phase is going to see more interesting forms of instant mobile messaging that is enriched with multimedia capabilities. We are looking at bringing out a number of different solutions planned around multimedia messaging which will allow a user to easily download the application from his wireless network onto his phone,” he said.