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China Mobile, Softbank, Vodafone set up mobile Internet lab

Posted: 29 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:joint innovation lab? Internet? mobile services?

China Mobile Ltd, Softbank and Vodafone have teamed up to build a joint innovation lab to promote the development of new mobile technologies, applications and services. The companies expect the initiative will help accelerate the commercial deployment of mobile Internet services.

The companies will use the lab as a platform to develop mobile services and drive innovation and synergy in the industry to the benefit of their combined global customer base. The innovation lab will launch projects based on emerging technologies and market demand.

In addition, the lab will focus on the rapidly growing areas of mobile internet services, such as mobile widgets. Initially, the initiative plans to develop a platform for mobile widgets to encourage the development of innovative new services that can leverage mobile operators' unique capabilities. The lab also welcomes the co-operation of vendors and developers in the creation of new applications and services.

The move is expected to enable different widgets and applications to run seamlessly on different handset platforms and operating systems across different mobile operators, while safeguarding customer security, data privacy and billing systems. The development of a widget platform is expected to benefit both developers and users.

The establishment of the lab and completion is subject to regulatory approvals and certain customary closing conditions.

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