No More Mandatory WIPI on Handsets in Korea

Korea Communications Commission which aims to manage broadcasting and communication in Korea as a government organization decided to abolish the policy about mandatory WIPI (Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability) on all handsets in Korea. From next April, mobile handsets can be launched without WIPI in Korea.

The policy was applied on April. 1, 2005. The Korean government had two objectives with this policy.

First of all, they intended to make mobile applications to be developed efficiently. In early 2000, various wireless internet platforms such as BREWJ2ME were used on handset in Korea. This situation prevented mobile application companies and mobile operators from developing applications efficiently. Mobile application companies had to develop each platform-based application in order to provide their applications through all handsets. Through the single wireless internet platform, WIPI, mobile players could provide their service with only one version of applications. of Qualcomm and

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