World’s Largest Mobile phone companies including Verizon Wireless,AT&T,NTT DoCoMo,Deutsche Telekom,China Mobile and Vodafone are teaming up to create an “Open International Applications Platform”,against the World’s leading Apple’s App Store.
According to moconews The announcement was made this morning at Mobile World Congress. In addition to the 24 carriers, the GSMA and three device manufacturers—LG (SEO: 066570), Samsung and Sony (NYSE: SNE) Ericsson (NSDQ: ERIC)—are also supporting the initiative. All combined, the group reaches 3 billion subscribers worldwide, making it easily the largest app-store initiative.
It is named as Wholesale Applications Community aimed to create mobile applications platform independent, cheap and to solve the massive fragmentation problem.
As marketwatch stated that Wholesale Applications Community to push apps market to over 3 billion customers with strong support by world-leading device manufacturers.
Ultimately, they pledge to work with the W3C standards bodies to create one solution for developers to create apps and port them across mobile device platforms and operators.
The full list of operators are: America Movil, AT&T, Bharti Airtel, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KT, mobilkom Austria, MTN Group, NTT Docomo, Orange, Orascom Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica (NYSE: TEF), Telenor, TeliaSonera, SingTel, SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM), Sprint (NYSE: S), VimpelCom and WIND. The four operators in the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) mobile apps initiative – Vodafone, China Mobile, SoftBank and Verizon Wireless – are also included.