The Wholesale Applications Community, an alliance of telecommunications firms dedicated to developing an open mobile applications platform, added 32 new member organizations, including board members Accenture, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Qualcomm Incorporated and Samsung. Joining WAC at the Operator Member level: América Móvil, Bell Mobility, Bouygues Telecom, China Unicom, Hutchison 3 Group, KDDI, LG Uplus, MTS, Orascom Telecom, Rogers Communications and SFR. New Sponsor Members include Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu, and LG Electronics--according to the WAC, both Operators and Sponsors will be able to launch WAC-enabled application storefronts. In addition, the WAC signed on Associate Members including Aplix, ASPire, Borqs, Capgemini, Innoace, LiMo Foundation, Myriad Group, Oberthur Technologies, Obigo, Opera Software, Oracle Corporation and ZTE.
The WAC--which now boasts 48 total members--also published its WAC 1.0 developer specification following the completion of its merger with the Joint Innovation Lab, a joint venture bringing together China Mobile, Softbank, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone to create applications optimized across various carriers' networks. WAC 1.0 is based upon JIL 1.2.2 and is available for download here.
The Wholesale Applications Community promises to simplify application creation by giving developers the tools to write software that can be deployed across multiple platforms and operators, reaching a potential global market topping 3 billion wireless subscribers. The WAC mandate also extends both device and network capabilities to developers to facilitate the creation of next-generation apps.
For more on the WAC expansion:
- read this release
With an eye on application revenues, WAC operators announce business model
WAC pledges to be 'open for business' by next year
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