Eight of the world's largest mobile network operators will announce the formation of group in London to research...
and specify an open mobile terminal platform.
The companies include the UK's mmO2 and Vodafone, France's Orange, the Philippines' Smart Communications, Spain's Telefónica Móviles, Italy's Telecom Italia Mobile, Germany's T-Mobile and Japan's NTT DoCoMo.
The group, OMTP, has as its goal the definition of common platform requirements for 2.5G and beyond handsets which will allow carriers to deliver standardised applications across multiple handsets while also allowing enough room for the carrier to add some level of customisation.
OMTP will produce recommendations relating to existing standards or support the development of new standards by existing bodies.
In addition to the eight founding carriers, several others have also expressed an interest to join. They include Spain's Amena, Norway's Telenor, the Netherlands' KPN Mobile, Austria's One, France's SFR and Hong Kong's Hutchison Whampoa.
Membership is open to any mobile operator and annual dues have been set at €100,000 (£68,500). Other companies can become sponsors for the same price, although they will not get a vote in group meetings, and there are other cheaper membership options available.
The group's website can be found at www.omtp.org.
Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service