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Network Information Use Cases

From: <jeanfrancois.moy@orange.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2012 16:45:23 +0200
Message-ID: <F45661E8FBC74F4EB7E1E0386B562A7503516950@ftrdmel0.rd.francetelecom.fr>
To: <public-coremob@w3.org>
Hello everyone,


I had been assigned an action point that consists of describing use cases that would encourage the inclusion of the Network Information APIs <http://www.w3.org/TR/netinfo-api/>  in the Core Mobile level 1 specification. I will list a few below:


·         Visual Voicemail platforms: Visual voicemail platforms are commonly accessible only through 3G (platform access is restricted from the Internet). The NetworkInformation APIs are required to detect the current interface, and switch to 3G if a voicemail needs to be fetched. The Orange OMTP platforms notably work like that.

·         TV Services: TV services and streams are secured and encrypted and use the SIM and 3G network  for the authentication process. After the authentication has been performed, it is possible to offload through the Wi-Fi connection.

·         Usage Applications: Most carriers provide applications that give real time minutes and data usage for a user, as well as the possibility to subscribe/unsubscribe to/from various options. Servers storing these information can only be accessed through 3G access.


As you see, it is important for carriers to know the current network, mostly for authentication purposes, but also as some of our platforms are not accessible from the Internet. It would also be nice to be capable of routing a connection through an interface, but that's another story.


Thank you,


Jean-François Moy
Orange Labs
Software Developer, R&D UK
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