Nokia to participate in Open Mobile Alliance to promote open standards and enable interoperability
June 12, 2002
Earlier today, nearly 200 of the world's leading mobile operators, device and network suppliers, information technology companies and content providers announced the formation of a new, global organization called the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). For the first time, the entire mobile services value chain has come together with the firm agenda of moving the industry forward to a new era of growth through openness, interoperability and a multi-vendor ecosystem.
The Open Mobile Alliance brings together the efforts of the Open Mobile Architecture initiative, launched in November 2001, and the leading industry standards fora in the area of mobile services. The new Open Mobile Alliance is an important step forward in establishing industry-wide cooperation to enable a seamless experience of mobile services for users. Nokia is fully committed to deploy enablers for key applications that OMA focuses on such as browsing, messaging, content download and synchronization. Nokia will work together with other OMA members, ensuring interoperability and availability of open standard-based products and solutions.
"The significance of today's announcement can be compared to the day of the original GSM specification release, which gained unforeseen operator support and paved the way for the biggest commercial success story of the mobile industry in the 1990s. Through a similar commitment of the leading companies in the value chain, OMA will deliver the specifications required for a fully functional and commercially solid system for mobile services, with open, clearly defined and interoperable application programming interfaces. This global approach will fuel innovation and make the mobile platform attractive for creating both services and content. Nokia is delighted to see that the momentum established by the Open Mobile Architecture in November 2001 is now bearing fruit," said Pertti Korhonen, Senior Vice President, Mobile Software, Nokia.
The charter for the Open Mobile Alliance is to:
- Deliver responsive and high-quality open standards and specifications based upon market and customer requirements
- Establish centers of excellence for best practices and conduct interoperability testing (IOT), including multi-standard interoperability to enable a seamless user experience
- Create and promote a common industry view on an architectural framework
- Be the catalyst for the consolidation of standards fora and work in conjunction with other existing standards organizations and groups, such as IETF, 3GPP, 3GPP2, W3C, JCP
About the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)
The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) delivers open standards for the mobile industry, helping to create interoperable services which work across countries, operators and mobile terminals and are driven by users' needs. To expand the mobile market, companies supporting the Open Mobile Alliance will work to stimulate the fast and wide adoption of a variety of new, enhanced mobile information, communication and entertainment services. The Open Mobile Alliance includes all key elements of the wireless value chain, and contributes to the timely and efficient introduction of services and applications. For more information, please visit www.openmobilealliance.org
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed broadband and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on six major exchanges.