4/30/2003 - Strengthening one of the world's first nationwide single wireless Internet platform, Korea has adopted the Java platform for its Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability (WIPI), Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced.
Signing an agreement in Seoul on April 14, Sun and the Korean Wireless Internet Standardization Forum (KWISF), a consortium led by Korean network operators SK Telecom, KTF, and LG TeleCom, agreed to jointly develop and commercialize the next version of WIPI. WIPI was developed as Korea's wireless Internet standard for mobile handsets to open up the national mobile Internet network and expand customer choice while also harmonizing the development efforts of Korean telecommunications companies.
As part of the agreement, WIPI will adopt Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME Platform) as its official Java specification. J2ME is the Java platform for consumer and embedded devices such as wireless handsets, PDAs, TV set-top boxes, in-vehicle telematics systems, and a broad range of embedded devices.
"Korea is one of the most advanced cell phone markets in the world. The decision to make Java technology an integral part of Korea's wireless standard underscores the significant value early adopters place on this technology," said Alan Brenner. Through the Java Community Process (JCP), we plan to work together with members of KWISF to develop new features and functions for mobile handsets in line with WIPI. This will support application developers in Korea and help them to bring new handset experiences to local wireless subscribers.
With Java technology-enabled handsets, consumers will be able to personalize their handsets with applications such as games, infotainment, and location-based services, while companies will be able to offer mobile employees secure access to corporate networks. There are currently over 75 million Java technology-enabled handsets deployed worldwide.
"The collaboration of JCP and WIPI specifications will enhance the global development of next-generation wireless technologies based on interoperable, standards-based platforms. It will enable WIPI to be a more viable platform technology specification in the international market," said Dr. Heung-Nam Kim of KWISF.
Java is a set of standard APIs defined through the JCP (www.jcp.org) program by expert groups that include leading device manufacturers, software vendors and service providers. The adoption of Java wireless data services through the JCP and further in WIPI through the KWISF development process, facilitates the coordination of efforts between these two standards processes. Members of KWISF now join more than 35 wireless operators worldwide to standardize wireless data services on Java technology. A WIPI commercialization event is scheduled to take place in Korea on April 29 to announce the availability of the WIPI standard.
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