Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Telenor are supporting Mozilla’s planned HTML5-based platform for mobile handsets, which it was today revealed will use the Firefox OS brand.
The first devices powered by Mozilla will be manufactured by TCL (under the Alcatel One Touch brand) and ZTE, running on Qualcomm processors. Initial launches will take place in Brazil early in 2013, through the Vivo arm of Telefonica.
According to a statement, the operators are supporting Firefox OS because of “the potential of the technology to deliver compelling smartphone experiences at attainable prices.”
Mozilla first announced its intentions to move into the device platform space with its Boot to Gecko project. The company picked up support from Telefonica at the GSMA Mobile World Congress this year, when Telefonica Digital said it would work with the company to showcase an architecture where every phone feature is delivered via HTML5.
The web technology company said that it and its partners are “committed to ensuring the project is fully open and the reference implementation of the required web APIs is being submitted to W3C for standardisation.”
Matthew Key, chairman and CEO of Telefonica Digital, said: “The breadth of support for this initiative across the industry makes it clear that there is an opportunity in the market for a new, open mobile ecosystem.”
For more on Mozilla's mobile plans, check out this recent video feature.