Mobile Operators Prodded to Create Unified App Store
By Kim Tong-hyung
There is no love lost among Korea’s three mobile telephony carriers ― SK Telecom, KT and LG Telecom ― as they continue to claw and punch their way into messy market battles.
So when these bitterest of enemies say they will play together to create a massive, open marketplace for mobile applications, one they claim will be seamless and resourceful for consumers like Apple’s App Store, it’s hard to suppress skepticism.
This very well could happen, but I certainly don’t see it as a competitor to Apple’s App Store. These guys might agree to standardize, but they are not going to release control easily. They will not want to allow people outside of their walled gardens. This is still the business model of the carriers and they will hold on to it like the music companies held on to CDs.