Operators Unite to Challenge Apple's Apps

Monday Feb 15th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Twenty-four network operators and three phone vendors have formed an alliance to create an open platform for phone applications that will compete with the App Store.

Reuters: Responding to the dominance of Apple's App Store, 24 network operators and 3 device vendors have joined forces to create an open platform for mobile applications. Operators involved in the alliance serve more than 3 billion customers and include AT&T, Bharti Airtel, China Mobile, MTN Group, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Orascom Telecom, Telefonica and Vodafone.

Analysts are skeptical about whether the group will be able to work together and compete with Apple successfully. "I do question whether such a large group of mobile operators will be able to achieve the level of cooperation and integration required to make this initiative a success," said Mark Newman, chief research officer at Informa Telecoms & Media.

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