Global mobile alliance set up

23 Jun 2004

Several of the world’s leading mobile operators – including Vodafone, Orange and NTT DoCoMo – have set up a global alliance to govern the future development of handsets and encourage customers to spend more on new services such as games and video clips. The group, which also includes TIM, Telefónica Móviles, T-Mobile, Smart and mmO2, will launch officially today, under the banner of the Open Mobile Terminal Platform Alliance. It says it is looking to introduce a new mobile operating system (OS) to compete with the Symbian and Microsoft platforms, and will also seek to formalise ‘minimum levels of functionality’ for new handset models with manufacturers such as Nokia and Motorola.