Mobile operators collaborate to enable rich mobile web services

Mobile operators collaborate to enable rich mobile web services

The new initiative will be known as BONDI.

Supported by the OMTP members, including 3 Group, AT&T, T-Mobile, Telenor, Telefonica, Telecom Italia and Vodafone, BONDI will provide a consistent and secure web services interface that can be used by all web developers across multiple device platforms to address a mass market of consumers.

BONDI will harmonise the various open and proprietary ongoing initiatives, and this co-operative work will minimise the potential for technology fragmentation.

Under the OMTP umbrella, BONDI will contribute towards ongoing standardisation work to help create a new rich web experience for mobile whilst ensuring an appropriate degree of protection for mobile phone users.

The new handset software will be engineered in such a way as to prevent fraudulent and malicious activity through unauthorised access to functions or sensitive personal information.

Arnd Gallmann, senior vice president of terminal technology at T-Mobile International, said: "Keeping a lid on fragmentation, whilst at the same time enabling new functionality, will encourage more developers to create unique, exciting applications for mobile web 2.0."

Reinhard Kreft, Vodafone's head of standardisation & industry engagements, added: "With so many diverse mobile devices and operating systems available in today's marketplace, it can be quite challenging to roll out consistent and compelling new services across such a broad spread. BONDI addresses the need to deliver great services across multiple platforms, whilst ensuring that customers are protected from any risk associated with adopting a more open approach to these systems."

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