A group of mobile operators have announced its intention to define widely accepted requirements for an open mobile terminal platform (OMTP). The founding members of this initiative are O2, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, SMART Communications, Telefonica Moviles, TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile), T-Mobile and Vodafone. These members will establish a new organization based in London, OMTP Limited (the OMTP group), to achieve their goals.
The OMTP group aims to define those platform requirements necessary for mobile devices to deliver openly available standardized application interfaces that will provide customers with a more consistent and improved user experience across different devices, whilst also enabling individual operators and manufacturers to customize and differentiate their offering. The OMTP group intends to achieve its goals by identifying common mobile operators' requirements, with the aim of establishing an open framework for mobile device manufacturers and associated software and hardware suppliers to develop open mobile terminal platform compliant products. The OMTP group aims to use existing standards, where they exist, and to further encourage the development of standards by presenting OMTP requirements.
As a technology neutral organization, all technology vendors will be free to contribute to and support OMTP requirements and to provide OMTP compliant products. The OMTP group is an open association, with membership or participation available to organizations wanting to adopt OMTP requirements, to assist the process of achieving the OMTP group's goals or simply to follow the latest efforts and results of the OMTP group.