Explain Wireless Transaction Protocol in detail
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Wireless transaction protocol (WTP) manages transactions by conveying requests and responses between a user agent and an application server for such activities as browsing and e-commerce transactions. WTP provides a reliable transport service but dispenses with much of the overhead of TCP, resulting in a lightweight protocol that is suitable for implementation in "thin" clients (e.g., mobile nodes) and suitable for use over low-bandwidth wireless links.

WTP includes the following features:

  • Three classes of transaction service.

  • Optional user-to-user reliability: WTP user triggers the confirmation of each received message.

  • Optional out-of-band data on acknowledgments.

  • PDU concatenation and delayed acknowledgment to reduce the number of messages sent.

  • Asynchronous transactions.

WTP is transaction oriented rather than connection oriented. With WTP, there is no explicit connection setup or teardown but rather a reliable connectionless service.

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