Coalition Aims to Boost Mobile Content with New Domain Names
A group of nine major mobile computing companies on Wednesday announced a joint venture hopes to gain approval for domain names aimed at providing content and services for mobile devices.Nine major mobile computing companies on Wednesday announced a joint venture aimed at issuing domain names to mobile devices. The participants include Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Corp., whose mobile operating systems compete against each other. Other participants include European service providers Vodafone Group, Orange PCS and Hutchison 3G Ltd.; the GSM Association; Hewlett-Packard Co.; Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Sun Microsystems Inc.
The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to apply for a mobile Top Level Domain from the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN.) The current ICANN application round closes March 15, and ICANN is expected to accept or deny the application within the next several months.