limofoundation.org's 11 Global Operator Members represent nearly 1 Billion Mobile Subscribers
LONDON, England, and TOKYO, Japan, February 9, — limofoundation.orgTM today announced commitment from six major operator members to specify and deliver handsets using LiMo PlatformTM implementations in. The LiMo Platform represents the vision, inputs and best-in-breed contributions of major stakeholders from across the mobile industry, enabling operators worldwide to leverage a standard set of market-proven OS technologies across many devices while providing deeply customized experiences to their customers.
The major operators planning such deployment of LiMo devices include NTT DOCOMO, Orange, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, all of which have a substantial on-going role in shaping the LiMo Platform roadmap. Further active operator participants within limofoundation.org include KTF, SFR, Softbank Mobile Corp., Swisscom, and Telecom Italia.
The collaborative nature of LiMo’s development process and the scope it provides for deep customization has attracted many major operators as it allows their individual strategies to be realized through flexible implementation, while reducing portfolio complexity, lowering cost of terminals and enabling faster deployment of innovative third party applications and services.
“The powerful commitments being made by LiMo’s operator members clearly demonstrates that the LiMo Platform is delivering a highly efficient, consistent and flexible code base that can be optimized to meet the market and technical requirements of major mobile operators,” said Morgan Gillis, executive director of the limofoundation.org. “This also signals substantial growth and opportunity for OEMs and developers to create devices and applications that meet the needs of major operators.”
The LiMo handsets deployed by LiMo’s operator members will be based on the latest version of the LiMo Platform, which includes contributions of middleware frameworks by leading OEMs, ISVs and platform providers, as well as technologies developed by open source communities. To date 33 commercial handset models have been certified as LiMo Compliant, including 10 being displayed at Mobile World Congress by NEC and Panasonic together with new prototype models from LG Electronics and Samsung.
“The mobile industry’s shift toward true openness has come another step closer to being realized and major operators from around the globe continue to back the limofoundation.org,” said Dr. Malik Kamal-Saadi, Principal Analyst of Handsets and Devices at Informa. “As more and more companies jump on the open source bandwagon, industry unification around mobile Linux is expected to gain momentum, enabling the delivery of next-generation handsets and new waves of innovative applications that will provide consumers with a truly personalized mobile web experience.”
The latest LiMo Platform technologies are being showcased in handsets and toolkits at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 16-19, in booth B135, Hall 8 and booth A125, Hall 8. For full details of limofoundation.org’s presence at MWC ’09 visit: . For observations and commentary from the show floor join LiMo’s Twitter community at MWC attendees can see Morgan Gillis, executive director of limofoundation.org speak on The Business Case for Open Source during the Mobilising Open Source conference session on Wednesday 18 February at 17:00 - 17:40 in Hall 5, Auditorium 3.
About limofoundation.orglimofoundation.orgTM is a dedicated consortium of mobile industry leaders working together within an open and transparent governance model—with shared leadership and shared decision making—to deliver an open and globally consistent handset software platform based upon mobile Linux for use by the whole mobile industry. A full description of limofoundation.org, including its vision, goals, charter, guiding principles, bylaws and membership information, can be found at limofoundation.
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