A group of information
technology (IT) enthusiasts in Cebu will soon put up a center
where software developers for the Wireless Application Protocol
(WAP) technology can nurture their ideas and develop these into
CEBU CITY, 20 July 2000 (Asia Pulse) - Philippine WAP Users Group (PhilWAP) Cebu head, Chito Ortiz,
said the facility would be complete with the needed
infrastructure such as personal computers and computing books,
PhilWAP Cebu aims to make Cebu the center for WAPsite
development in the country, he said.
WAP service, which is now being offered by cellular phone
operators, is an open global specification that empowers mobile
phone users to gain access to the Internet.
PhilWAP is a non-stock, non-profit national organization
dedicated to nurturing WAP developers and entrepreneurs in the
According to its national president, Ramon Canumay, there is
a need to tap the potential of young IT professionals to
develop local WAPsites.
The more local the WAPsites are, such as sites offering
information on rates of hotel and restaurants in the country,
the more useful the service will become to mobile phone
subscribers, he said at a press conference on Monday at the Laguna
Garden Cafe to promote the upcoming WAPcceleration.
He said large business entities, including Globe Telecom,
WAP phone producers Nokia and Ericsson, and IT giant Lucent
Technologies, are now keen on supporting PhilWAP.
Globe Telecom Visayas area vice president, Exuperto Cabatana,
has assured PhilWAP of the telecommunication company's support
for the organization.
According to Cabatana, Globe was the first in the industry
to introduce the WAP service to its subscribers.
Jerome Almirante, marketing manager of rival Smart
Communications, Inc., said Smart has also been supporting
Five of the first WAP sites developed in the world were done
by Smart's partners in the Philippines, he said.
PhilWAP, in cooperation with Ayala, will hold the Cebu leg
of WAPcceleration, a symposium meant to focus on WAPsite
development to push the country into the forefront of global
Internet commerce on July 20 at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel.