Wholesale Applications Community grows

The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), an alliance of telecommunications companies committed to building an open applications platform, has announced that 32 new organisations from across the mobile ecosystem, including operators, vendors and OEMs, have joined the initiative.

WAC also announced the availability of the WAC 1.0 specification following the completion of the WAC and JIL merger at the beginning of the month. WAC 1.0 is based upon JIL 1.2.2.

Industry ecosystem leaders joining WAC at the board level are Accenture, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Qualcomm Incorporated and Samsung. These organisations join current board members in setting the strategic direction and evolution of WAC and will be able to launch WAC-enabled storefronts.

“WAC now has 48 members committed to building open platforms, simplifying the application development process for developers and providing their customers with greater choice,” said Peters Suh, CEO of WAC. “The influx of new members, combined with our continued delivery against key milestones, demonstrates that the WAC initiative is gaining significant momentum in the market.”

Michel Combes, chairman WAC, commented: “It is great to see so many companies adding their support to the WAC initiative. Quite simply, our goal is to speed up the development of applications so that operators, developers and customers can benefit.”

Operators joining WAC at Operator Member level are América Móvil, Bell Mobility, Bouygues Telecom, China Unicom, Hutchison 3 Group, KDDI, LG Uplus, MTS, Orascom Telecom, Rogers Communications and SFR.

Companies joining WAC as Sponsor Members include Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu, and LG Electronics.

WAC Operators and Sponsors will be able to launch WAC-enabled storefronts and benefit from their substantial commitment to the WAC organisation.

New Associate Members include Aplix, ASPire, Borqs, Capgemini, Innoace, LiMo Foundation, Myriad Group, Oberthur Technologies, Obigo, Opera Software, Oracle Corporation and ZTE.

The whole WAC membership have the opportunity to get involved in the working groups of the organisation and have access to WAC documents, specifications and code.

In addition, demonstrating continued momentum, WAC announced the completion of the purchase of the JIL assets on 1 October 2010. The completion of the acquisition is the final stage of the process to combine JIL with WAC, and enables WAC to provide the WAC 1.0 specification to the developer community.

“The availability of the WAC 1.0 specification sends out a strong message to the developer community that we are committed to working with them to create cross-platform applications that will benefit the entire mobile communications ecosystem” continued Suh.