BANGALORE, India: As mobile phones threaten to
outpace the growth of desktops, Indian software firms
are looking to take on the world in the emerging markets
of mobile commerce (m-commerce) and wireless
global wireless technology market is expected to be
worth nearly US$10 trillion in five years and
m-commerce, analysts say, would open new business
avenues for Indian firms.
"Indians have an equal chance in the m-commerce
and wireless area to prove our technological competence
in building software, as it is still a happening thing
in the US," said Santosh Xavier, senior manager of
Silicon Automation Systems.
were left behind in the Internet revolution, but we will
make sure that we will emerge on top of this one,"
Xavier told reporters.
Companies such as Silicon Automation, some dotcom
firms and other Indian Wireless Application Protocol
(WAP) start-ups are putting together core teams of
skilled engineers to tap the growing m-commerce market.
are focussing on building WAP gateways to enable people
to access the Internet. WAP's main function is for
accessing Internet through mobiles," Xavier said.
Silicon Automation - the only Indian member of
the 600-strong international WAP Forum - is eyeing
Europe and the United States, as well as the China
market which has 22 million mobile and smart devices.
will be testing our first product in China shortly.
Indian software experts can deliver and contribute to a
host of applications in m-commerce and WAP," Xavier
Indian consortium, comprised of the state government of
Karnataka and other bodies, launched a WAP initiative
last week aimed at forging a leading role for India in
the development of future Internet technologies and