A new mobile operator venture has been formed.
Its role will be to define standards for an open mobile terminal platform.
Among the companies backing the concedpt of the Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP), are Vodafone, T-Mobile, Telecom Italia Mobile, Telefonica Moviles, Orange, mmO2, NTT DoCoMo and Smart Communications of the Phillipines.
The announcement of the formation of the OMTP follows persistent rumours that have been doing the rounds all this year that that a growing group of influential operators have been losing patience with the seemingly endless political wrangling over mobile operating systems such as Symbian and Microsoft’s Windows OS.
The new group said yesterday that they aim to construct a uniform set of requirements to deliver to platform makers.
The stated goals of OMTP look remarkebly similar to those espoused by another and already existing industry group, the Open Mobile Alliance and none of the of the OMTP founding companies have yet made official comment on how the body will operate.
A statement issued yesterday simply announces, “The OMTP group aims to define those platform requirements necessary for mobile devices to deliver openly available standardised application interfaces that will provide customers with a more consistent and improved user experience across different devices, whilst also enabling individual operators and manufacturers to customise and differentiate their offering.”
The OMTP claims to be technology agnostic and says that it will achieve its goals by identifying common requirement amongst the world's mobile operators and presenting an open framework for mobile device manufacturers and associated software and hardware suppliers.
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