Exactly a year on from the formation of the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), today saw eight major operators announce they are now connected to the WAC platform. China Mobile, MTS, Orange, Smart, Telefonica, Telenor, Verizon and Vodafone are the carriers ready to offer services. “We are looking to add at least another eight operators to the platform this year,” WAC CEO Peters Suh told a press conference at Mobile World Congress.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: The CEO of the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) – an alliance aiming to enable developers to write applications that can be deployed across multiple platforms and operators, and address a potential global market of 3.5 billion customers – expects to release version 2 of its spec early next year while continuing its aim to sign up all the industry’s major device vendors as members.
In the second part of our Focus feature, Mobile Apps Briefing talks to Hemant Madan, Head of Developer Marketing for Vodafone Internet Services, about the company’s engagement with the developer community, and the future role of WAC.
LIVE FROM APP PLANET FORUM AT THE GSMA MOBILE ASIA CONGRESS 2010: WAC this morning announced the addition of handset vendors Sharp and Sony Ericsson to the initiative. WAC also said it will team with the GSMA’s OneAPI initiative, making OneAPI “the standard to be used by WAC operators for the exposure of network APIs.”
Telecom Italia announced the opening of its mobile apps store, called TIM Store, while also stating that it is working with Telefonica in a project referred to as the Common Applications Marketplace.
The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) – an alliance aiming to enable developers to write applications that can be deployed across multiple platforms and operators, and address a potential global market of more than 3 billion users – this morning announced it has released version 1.0 of its spec for developers (a month ahead of schedule) and named a bevy of new supporters.