WAP also extends many common Internet technologies for better usage on more restricted wireless networks.
The reason is that wireless networks tend to be plagued with: The WAP protocol stack optimizes web protocols, like HTTP, for wireless networks.
It is targeted to bring Internet content and advanced services to digital cellular phones and other wireless terminals.
(formerly Unwired Planet™) co-founded the WAP Forum with Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia (the world's three largest wireless handset manufacturers), to provide a worldwide standard for the delivery of Internet-based services to mass-market mobile founding companies established the WAP Forum, Ltd. Membership in the WAP Forum was opened to invite and facilitate contributions from across the entire wireless industry to the WAP specification work and drive the continuing evolution of WAP. The WAP Forum announced the election of officers and the expansion of the board of directors.
Wap is the short form for Wireless Application Protocol.
It is an open, global specification that empowers mobile users with wireless devices to easily access and interact with information and services instantly.
Chuck Parrish, Executive Vice President of Phone.com, Inc.
To make WAP more efficient at this layer though, WML and WMLScript are translated in binary code at the gateway (the gateway is the link from the air interface to the Internet).To leverage today's extremely large market penetration of mobile devices, WML's user interface components map well onto existing mobile phone user interfaces.This means end-users can immediately use WAP-enabled mobile phones and services without re-education.The WTP is responsible for facilitating reliable communication between the communicating WAP device and the gateway.WTP deconstructs data into packets for sending and reconstructs received packets into useful data.