developed a Wireless Application Protocol interface for
mobile users of the Freemail
system owned by MATÁVnet and operated by C3.
The WAP homepage of C3: http://wap.c3.hu
Nokia Hungary has provided Nokia 7110 WAP capable
mobile phones for the developments.
contributed to the new multimedia technologies show of Matáv
with the following services:
- Virtual studio
(simple effects where the showman is placed into
- MPEG1 video
transmission over IP
(multicasted and unicast WAN video transmission for
- Virtual news
(user can select the topics and watch the on-the-fly
created news stream)
MediaBase streaming media server with MPEG1-2 and Realvideo
G2 support was provided by Silicon
Graphics Hungary. The Origin 200 based server was
distributing a live 1 Mbps stream with multicast to the local
LAN connected PCs and with unicast to the remote clients (via a
2Mbps leased WAN line).
and dial-up grant program news
took over the Freemail
service in July 1999, it has been continously developed
and operated by the staff of C3. On the 20th
of January 2000 the total number of active subscribers
has reached 250 000. Since January users can access the
freemail service without an Internet subscription via
the modem pools of Matáv,
which means thousends of modems distributed over the
country for local tariff call.
||The NGO and school
dail-up grant program of the Hungarian Soros Foundation, which
has been published and extended several times since 1996, has
expired on the 31rd of December 1999. The users can keep their
mailboxes and web content on our servers, only the dial-up
access by modem has been cut off. We can provide mail forwarding
or web redirection if requested on email@example.com.
continues as a spin-off foundation
After a long process the new C3
Foundation was registered by the court. From now
on C3 will operate independently from
the Hungarian Soros Foundation as a spin-off
organization, according to the 3 year startup
plans in 1996. The new foundation was founded and
will be supported by the Soros Foundation
and Matáv with
promised financial and cooperative support from
several other companies. There was a press
conference about the transition and our Y2000 program.
Freeflow servers in C3
Since the NetAid
humanitarian event we host an Akamai content
distribution server farm at C3, which
means that we can speed up the download of huge
websites, like CNN,
Apple, Yahoo, GO Network, The New
York Times, Discovery Channel
and many others. The multimedia content of these
sites - which is approx. 70% of their size - is
directly delivered from C3 to all
hungarian Internet users via Akamai's special Freeflow
service. The servers are one hop away from the
Budapest Internet Exchange (via a high speed ATM
connection), where all hungarian ISPs exchange
their local traffic.
We installed a
new search engine to index all web content within the
c3.hu domain. The standalone server is based on FreeBSD with ht://Dig and has the
capacity to refresh the whole full-text index each night.
There are normal
search forms with detailed help.
developed the "WebTerminal", a standalone steel
enclosure with touchscreen, special unbreakable keyboard
and a special browser interface. Currently we have 5
terminals operating at various places within Budapest
connected via high-speed experimental ADSL lines in
cooperation with Matáv.
To continue with the development we created a project report (only in
hungarian at the moment).
into each other Encart
network av.c3.hu ftp.c3.hu news.c3.hu
Last updated: May 29, 2000 by András Tüdős,
C3 technical director