Feeds

OMTP opens up to new members

But some members are more equal than others?

New hybrid storage solutions

Updated The Open Mobile Terminal Platform chose the day before Christmas Eve to announce five new members from the mobile industry, despite the fact that previously one had to be a network operator to hold "member" status.

The new members are all involved in mobile development: Purple Labs, Nexperience, Huawei, Comverse and Communology all have excellent mobile credentials. But until now the OMTP has only counted network operators as "members", while everyone else is relegated to the status of "adviser": excepting Nokia and Sony Ericsson who hold the vaulted status of "sponsors".

The organisation was originally set up with the aim of consolidating the device specifications that every operator provides to manufacturers - these are huge documents that are almost identical, but phrased differently and with subtly different focus depending on the operator. In that context it makes sense that membership is only open to network operators, and the broadening of membership could indicate a change of direction.

But it could equally well be a typo in the release - the five companies could just be paying to become advisers to the group, rather than "members", though the text seems pretty unequivocal:

OMTP today announced that five leading organisations... have become members of the mobile operator led terminal recommendations organisation.

We tried to contact the OMTP's PR agency, the Chief Marketing Officer and the chair, but no one is answering their phone right now despite the fact that the release was sent out last night, which could draw theories of conspiracy. But we'll reserve judgement until some clarification is forthcoming, and will let you know once we hear from the group.®

Update: Tim Raby, Chair of the OMTP, has been on the phone to put our minds at rest - the new members are "advisers", so won't be allowed into the operators-only club.

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin
Report 'fails reality test' , is 'simply wrong' and offers ''convenient' justification for FTTN says Rod Tucker
This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...
Who us, dodgy? Vast majority of mobile apps fail privacy test
Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts
After Applelocalypse, other wristputers will get stuck in
Shades of Mannesmann: Vodafone should buy T-Mobile US
Biting the bullet would let Blighty-based biz flip the bird at AT&T
Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names
Handbags at dawn over free content ad network's ID policy
Net neutrality fans' joy as '2.3 million email' flood hits US Congress
FCC invites opinions in CSV format, after Slowdown day 'success'
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.