Verizon, ATandT Bond in Wholesale Applications Community
Verizon and AT&T are just two of 24 telecom operators forming an alliance called the Wholesale Applications Community. At Mobile World Congress, the alliance described how it plans to build an open platform for mobile apps deliverable to a large number of mobile devices, going against a trend toward closed ecosystems as exemplified by the Apple iPhone.The world of mobile applications may become even more crowded over the next few months, with 24 telecommunications operators announcing Feb. 15 at the Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona, Spain, that they intend to build an open platform for mobile applications deliverable to a wide range of mobile devices. Among those operators are AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Vodafone, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom and China Unicom. The alliance bills itself as the Wholesale Applications Community, and claims a customer base of 3 billion people worldwide.
"The Wholesale Applications Community aims to unite a fragmented marketplace and create an open industry platform that benefits everybody-from applications developers and network operators to mobile phone users themselves," the group said in a Feb. 15 news release. "The alliance's stated goal is to create a wholesale applications ecosystem that-from day one-will establish a simple route to market for developers to deliver the latest innovative applications and services to the widest possible base of customers around the world."