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Korean Service Providers Tap HP for WAC-based Clearinghouse

Mobile World Congress attendees are going to be hearing a lot about WAC (News - Alert) this week in Barcelona, Spain. And HP and a threesome of Korean service providers are just one collection of companies that will be making news on this front.

WAC stands for the Wholesale Applications Community. It launched at last year’s MWC and goes commercial this week. WAC is an alliance of the world’s leading telecommunications operators and device manufacturers that is aiming to make it easier for developers to build and sell mobile applications irrespective of device or technology. By banding together, these operators and consumer electronics companies hope to appeal to the developer community by delivering specifications that offer scale – meaning the ability for developers’ applications to be written once and run over many networks and devices.

Three Korean telecom companies, including SK Telecom (News - Alert), Korean Telecom and LG U+, are working together to create a single, Korea-specific clearinghouse that will link to the WAC global application development system. The platform will handle transactions and processing to ensure that global WAC applications are available and optimized for use by the three service providers and their mobile customers. HP, which has been in the service delivery platform space since its inception, will help the Korean carriers build the application and related integration, said Joe Dyoub, worldwide product solution manager, service delivery platform, HP Communications and Media Solutions.

The Korea-WAC platform, which is scheduled to launch later this year, is being implemented by a consortium formed by the Mobile Internet Business Association (MOIBA) and the three service providers with support from the Republic of Korea.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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